There are three traditional paths to providing social-emotional learning in schools, and each of them can be accompanied by significant drawbacks. The first option is directly hiring school psychologists and counselors. While these professionals are an excellent choice for schools with a large budget, they are expensive, generally carry large caseloads, and can generate management and HR risks.
The next path is to outsource student emotional health to behavior therapy agencies and independent psychologists. This alternative is slightly more flexible, but it’s still costly, and time-consuming to coordinate. Depending on the type and quality of the program, outcomes can vary significantly from child to child.
Third, schools often rely on individual teachers to manage social-emotional learning for their students. The amount of support teachers receive to learn behavior management strategies and teach social skills is highly dependent on the school’s culture and budget, the district, and special education directors and coordinators. Even with training, teachers operate under the constraints of supervising and teaching a classroom full of students while implementing proactive techniques, collecting data, and managing challenging behaviors that may impact their students and their own safety. Teachers are already responsible for meeting Common Core requirements and state standards that are always in flux. Adding social-emotional learning to teachers’ planning responsibilities can lead to less effective lesson plans overall.
That’s where curaJOY’s Done For You Social Emotional Learning Curriculum can help. The curaJOY mission is to provide a Done For You curriculum that will help jumpstart your school’s social-emotional learning program. There’s no need to hire additional staff, give teachers more duties, or work with inconsistent outside sources. It’s as simple as joining, creating student accounts, and letting them explore.
Benefits of curaJOY’s Social Emotional Learning Curriculum
curaJOY does more than just teach emotional skills. With curaJOY’s Done For You Social Emotional Solution, your institution can reliably satisfy your most important stakeholders: parents and students.
Happier and Less Stressed Students
Understanding how to handle emotions constructively is one of the most important skills a child can learn. Quest Depot teaches your students how to understand what they’re feeling, in English or Chinese. It also trains them to use techniques to calm down and move past negative emotions. The result is happier children who thrive in and out of school.
Happier, calmer students also lead to benefits like:
- Fewer social-emotional problems such as bullying, class disruption, or disengaged students
- Improved academic performance, as proven by studies done by the Department of Education
- Reduced risk of costly litigation resulting from student interpersonal incidents
- Higher quality friendships, establishing a peer support network
Increased Parent Satisfaction
When children are happier, so are their parents. The curaJOY’s Quest Depot helps children both in school and at home. Parents with happy, engaged children are less likely to transfer them to another school, helping increase your retention rates.
Furthermore, few resources exist for social-emotional learning in Chinese. The multilingual Quest Depot program can help your school appeal to parents by providing a whole-child approach and social-emotional learning in their native language as well as in English.
Foundational Skills curaJOY Builds
The more confident people are, the more likely they are to try new things, stand firm against peer pressure, feel proud of who they are, and really give their best shot at everything they do. curaJOY teaches a growth mindset and reinforces it consistently.
Growing numbers of experts say resilience is the #1 key to success. We don’t just “lecture” about resilience. In our programs, participants learn by doing–-problem-solving tough situations like bullying, peer pressure, unexpected changes, test anxiety, rejection, etc.
We cover topics including active listening, perspective-taking, word choices, and negotiation styles. Boosting communication skills benefit academic, social, and family life by helping them feel understood and self-advocate.
Empathy is foundational to conflict resolution, leadership, and emotional wellbeing. It doesn’t just help people get along, but also enhances happiness and reduces stress. curaJOY enhances families’ interpersonal skills, and perspective-taking ability and aids problem-solving skills.
We guide families through conflict resolution and perspective-taking exercises on their schedule, so the support is context-relevant. Developing cooperation skills also helps children make and keep friends, and improve interpersonal relationships, and family dynamics.
Cultivating balance allows children to control their impulses, considering possible outcomes before they act. curaJOY personalizes content to target the areas participants most need work and introduces a diverse set of positive role models to further reinforce the learning.
Easier Classroom Management
Students’ lack of emotional control is one of the biggest sources of stress for many educators. Adding Quest Depot to your school can help reduce behavioral health needs, and increase staff satisfaction and retention at your school. As students develop their emotional skills, classroom management will become simpler, and educators will find their jobs more enjoyable.
Quest Depot won’t increase educator workloads, either. Teachers will be able to:
- Easily compile student progress and assessment results to share with parents
- Implement consistent behavior plans, potentially replacing instructional aides, speech therapists, and behavior therapists in the classroom
- Save time on IEPs, progress reports, assessments and behavior plans by using curaJOY’s automatically-generated professional report
Best of all, the program is easy to get started. Quest Depot is self-contained, so it’s as simple as subscribing, creating student accounts, and letting them play. Administrators and teachers can rely on the curaJOY support team to help manage technical details and functionality.
You won’t have to worry about convincing students to participate, either. Quest Depot is gamified to encourage students to enjoy the program. They’ll be eager to play and learn, so rollout is quick and easy.
Done-For-You: Personalized, Differentiated Learning
The educational world has been moving to a differentiated model of learning for years. However, providing genuinely individualized learning opportunities for students is difficult, particularly when you need to handle learning differences.
The curaJOY suite of programs is designed to serve:
- Gifted and talented students
- Students on the ASD spectrum, including Asperger’s
- Students with ADHD
- Students who qualify for a 504 or IEP with any other special education eligibility
- Even neurotypical students prefer our programs to learn social-emotional skills like growth mindset, negotiation, making conversation, and more.
Each student will discover a dynamic program that automatically provides an individualized experience. Meanwhile, no student will feel singled out since everyone will be engaging with Quest Depot in some way.
Your institution will help these children fulfill their speech, social, and emotional education requirements without additional staffing or effort. You’ll even receive valuable professional assessment data and reports directly from the program. Since students will be engaging their emotions with Quest Depot, the need for counseling hours and support services may be reduced.
Reduced Educational Services Cost
Your budget has to cover the needs of as many students as possible. Many institutions can’t hire enough full-time school psychologists, speech and behavior therapists, counselors, and instructional aides to help their entire student body. Adding curaJOY’s Quest Depot to your curriculum can help make up the difference.
With the dynamic training, behavioral data and reporting available through Quest Depot, you’ll decrease your institutional need for counseling hours and other support services. There are no additional program or staff training costs, either. Finally, you can benefit from volume discounts and whole-year pricing if you’re implementing Quest Depot as a wide-reaching program.
Help Your Students Thrive
Your institution’s first priority is the students you serve. With curaJOY’s groundbreaking Quest Depot program, you can give your students the social skills and behavioral support they need to succeed without increasing your administrative burden.
Whether you want to target specific students who need extra help or support your entire student body, the Quest Depot program is a fun, effective tool. Learn more about how your school can add Quest Depot in English and Chinese to your curriculum today.