Each elementary school has a full-time social worker. Jefferson Junior High has two social workers and a school counselor. Woodridge 68 has 5 psychologists: one at Jefferson, one for early childhood, and the other three each split their time between two elementary schools. Information about the role social workers, counselors, and psychologists play in the school can be found on the district and school websites.
Recent studies by organizations such as the National Institute of Mental Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics show a significant increase in adolescent anxiety, depression, and suicide attempts. An effective social emotional (SEL) curriculum combats these alarming statistics. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. SEL is not a single program or teaching method. It involves coordinated strategies across classrooms, schools, homes and communities, and districts.
To catalyze building strong relationships between teachers and students, we spend the first three days of the school year focusing solely on building relationships. Teachers get to know kids, kids get to know each other, and students do activities that better help them understand themselves. Significant 72 doesn’t end after those first three days. In addition to ongoing reinforcement, we set aside time for relationship-building after three-day weekends, Thanksgiving break, winter break, and spring break.
Using research-backed measures, Panorama identifies students’ and teachers’ perceptions of SEL, explores the results with interactive reports, and provides educators with actionable strategies to build their students’ SEL skills.
Bullying prevention & awareness
Bullying, intimidation, and harassment diminish a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate. Preventing students from engaging in these disruptive behaviors and providing all students equal access to a safe, non-hostile learning environment are important goals in Woodridge 68. Information about the proactive measures we take in our schools and links to resources can be found in the Parent section of the district website.