Social Emotional Learning
Celebration We also know that in order for school to be a truly joyful experience for our students, we need to recognize each child for their assets and celebrate their progress, growth, unique talents, abilities and achievements. Students are celebrated and acknowledged for their strengths and progress in all three dimensions of student achievement: Mastery of Knowledge and Skills, Character, and High-Quality Work.
Through structures like grade level community meetings, publishing parties, reading challenges, clubs, and annual traditions we will ensure that every student is recognized and honored for their unique gifts, growth and contributions to the Launch community.
We have a restorative justice approach to discipline, which is a community-based approach to build, repair, and restore relationships. RJ encourages stakeholders to reflect upon how their values and beliefs impact the greater community. It focuses on building trust and a sense of belonging. We believe that in repairing the harm, students/community members can consider how their actions affect others as they continue to move forward in building positive relationships.
We take a holistic view of each student and see their unique set of talents and experiences as assets. It is our responsibility as educators to develop a course of action that will ensure the highest student achievement outcomes and narrow the opportunity gap for each child we serve. We do this by creating the conditions for a trusting and supportive environment and by using culturally relevant practices that will develop students around their own cultural competence, academic success, and critical consciousness so that they can disrupt inequities in society.
Community is the foundation our restorative approach, it helps students (and adults) gain practice in talking with one another in a respectful and honest way. This work happens through Circle Protocols, Celebrations, parent engagement and Crew.
What are Circles?
A circle is a versatile restorative practice that can be used proactively, to develop relationships and build community or reactively, to respond to wrongdoing, conflicts and problems. Circles give people an opportunity to speak and listen to one another in an honest, supported and trusting way. At Launch we use circles across our classes and crews. Families have the opportunity to participate in parenting circles lead by our Parent Association, learning circles lead by our RJ Coordinator and if needed restorative circles to discuss a specific incident.
Ongoing Socio-Emotional/Mental Health Support for Students Launch currently has 3 social workers and 1 school counselor, in addition to 2 interns, working with students who have mandated counseling as a part of their IEPs, as well as students who benefit from the added socio-emotional support.
The supports for students throughout the school year will include:
- Advisory Circles w/Social Emotional Learning component
- Needs Assessment (Pre/Post Assessment)
- Rotating Small Groups 6-8 weeks
- CPI Crisis Model for De-escalation
For students requiring additional targeted support:
- Anxiety, Coping with Change and Grief
- Use of visual aids for psychoeducation
- Creation of calming space in each classroom
- Promoting mind/body breaks in classrooms
- Mindful Mondays
- Music therapy at arrival
- Counseling based web page with resources