How School Assemblies support Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Initiatives
School assemblies and motivational youth speakers may help support your schools SEL (Social Emotional Learning) initiatives. Keep reading to find out more.
What is Social Emotional Learning?
According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), SEL is how students and adults understand and manage their emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible choices. It’s a learning process by which students work to develop competencies such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and how to make good decisions.
How can School Assemblies support Social-Emotional Learning?
Remember when your parents would say the same things over and over, but you never listened. Or think about how you’re always trying to tell your kids important lessons and advice. But they don’t want to listen. Then, there’s that moment when you heard the advice from your aunt or your grandmother, or another trusted adult, and it’s the same things with your kids. When they hear important life lessons from good, responsible people that they look up to, all of a sudden, the message resonates.
School Assemblies are the same way. Students engage with and gain a respect for the assembly presenter, and they hear a positive message from a new, interesting, and exciting source. NOW the message comes through.
Further, school assemblies are a shared experience. It’s not something that’s just being done by one teacher or in one classroom. School assemblies are a unifying experience for an entire student body.
When your students hear messages about character education, making good choices, goal-setting, and emotional control coming from a motivational speaker during an assembly show, the message won’t be tuned out and the expectation will be set for the entire school at the same time.
Which school assemblies best support SEL Initiatives?
Many of our Character Education and Anti-Bully School Assemblies are a great way to enhance and complement your schools social emotional learning program. Plus, the cost per pupil is lower to implement than many one-on-one or single-class sized options.
Corey The Dribbler is a 4-time Guinness record holder traveling the country inspiring students with the story of how he became a Harlem Globe Trotter and achieved his goal to play professional basketball. Corey emphasizes the importance of respect, having a good attitude, and doing your best in school.
A passionate advocate for education, award-winning composer, producer, sound designer and recording artist Brent Daniels uses his Music Technology program as a vehicle for delivering an important character education message: how important a student's education, great study habits and positive decision-making are for his or her success in life and any career.
In his interactive, 45-minute elementary school assembly, The bGreat Show, Brian Richards will use magic, comedy, story-telling, audience participation, and more to help your students learn about Anti-Bullying, Trustworthiness, Fairness, Respect, Responsibility, Caring, and Citizenship. The message to students is: "Do you want to be great? It begins with you taking the first step!"
Zonda Kids Dance combines hip hop dance moves with student success principles that include messages on achievement, motivation, bullying, personal power and so much more. Chris “Zondaflex” Tyler will encourage students to stay active, positive and kind for a successful future while having a blast! No one can captivate an audience like Chris can!
Animated storyteller Tay Williams delivers a positive, energetic, motivational and fun program sparking curiosity and enthusiasm in students across the country. With his unique style and delivery of the message UBU, Mr. Tay inspires students to be true to themselves while making positive decisions with others. As a professional Animatronic entertainer, a Master of Motivational Mime and motivational youth speaker, Mr. Tay incorporates character, leadership and self-worth into his program.
Please continue to browse our site and read more about all our programs to see how they can help develop and support Social-Emotional Learning competencies in your students. See also our article on 10 school assemblies that may incorporate a growth mindset to encourage student achievement in your school.