This year CDS staff from Grades P-2 have been trained to implement the PATHS program.
The PATHS program is grounded in social and emotional learning (SEL). SEL helps children resolve conflicts peacefully, handle emotions positively, empathize, and make responsible decisions. When students learn and use SEL skills, behavior improves and disruptions lessen. Instead of wasting valuable classroom time managing misbehavior and providing discipline, teachers can teach and students can learn.
The PATHS® program is an elementary school curriculum that has been shown to significantly improve children’s social and emotional skills. Social and emotional competence is a master skill that underlies both effective behavior and academic success.
The program covers these five domains of social and emotional development:
- emotional understanding
- positive self-esteem
- interpersonal problem-solving skills.
PATHS brings students through each of these domains in stages. While some of the units from the PATHS program target one or more of the domains, aspects of all five are integrated into each unit.
Each new unit builds on the learning that preceded it. The lessons are sequenced according to increasing developmental difficulty. However, teachers may delay a specific lesson until later in the sequence to make sure that it matches their students’ emotional readiness.
To ensure continual reinforcement of key skills from the PATHS program, supplemental activities and a variety of at-home activities are included for parents and children to do together. The PATHS program provides teachers and counselors with a systematic developmental approach for enhancing social and emotional understanding and academic competence in children.
For a quick video introduction to the PATHS program please see the YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NZfSyx6p9I