Why the K-12 experience is important for emotional well-being?
There is much literature about K-12 education curriculums that focuses on social and emotional well-being of students. At Craig, many of our students have had years of academic struggle that have “chipped” away at self-esteem, confidence and what psychologists call “sense of self”. This means our curriculum needs to have components that can support the social emotional state of our students each day. Recently, I discussed with an 8th grade parent her experience over the last few years. She barely mentioned academic preparation and focused on the improvements in her child’s self-esteem and confidence. The reason is that at Craig, helping our students become advocates (self-esteem), resilient (confidence) and confident (small wins- often) is critical to our success. When I think about others who find success, outside of Craig, we are talking about the same elements that make a person have a positive social and emotional well-being.