BIS is committed to equipping students with the skills, knowledge and mindsets needed to handle strong emotions, to better understand and connect with peers and and to avoid or resolve serious conflicts. We are using the Second Step curriculum. Research has shown that when social emotional curriculum is a part of a students' education, academic achievement improves and it contributes to a positive classroom and school climate overall.
In the Fall of 2017, a universal screening of all of our students was conducted in which all teachers completed a brief survey (Devereux Student Strengths Assessment) on the students in their homeroom. A variety of Social Emotional Skills were included in this survey including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, decision making, optimistic thinking and relationship skills. Results from the survey helped us to understand what students and what skills we needed to focus our social emotional interventions on.