In Every Child's Corner is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide children with access to proven social and emotional learning (SEL) curricula that assists them in developing the crucial social and emotional skills necessary to successfully navigate through a challenging world.
This organization focuses on introducing and facilitating SEL curricula throughout various academic sites while maintaining teacher support and parent education, as well as gathering data to track student success. Emphasis on student success includes teaching children how to apply SEL skills in all phases of their lives, both within classroom environments and beyond.
Staff support includes training seminars, implementation strategies, and suggestions for the successful integration of multicultural awareness and sensitivity, while maintaining an ethically informed sensibility throughout all interactions with students, parents, staff, administrators, and families.
Dr. Carolyn Cowl-Witherspoon
In Every Child's Corner
Social and emotional learning teaches children critical interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, including empathy, problem solving, emotion management, anger de-escalation, decision-making, independent thinking, how to build positive relationships, and how to recognize, react to, and mitigate bullying.
Helping children learn and apply these nonintuitive skills will assist them in developing greater self-regulation and social and emotional competence. Research has shown that acquiring these skills empowers children with more positive connections to their peers and adults, improves their academic performance, and enhances their self-concept.
Practicing and mastering SEL skills have been empirically shown to reduce peer rejection, social isolation, and bullying while enhancing a child’s self-esteem and their ability to learn and feel more connected to their educational environment.
SEL skills help to prevent many behavioral problems which might negatively impact a child’s interactions with others and constrain their opportunities for social and educational engagement and success.
SEL skills provide protective factors against impulsivity, aggression, frustration, social ostracization, and other at-risk behaviors, equipping children with the skills they need to navigate through whatever challenges they may encounter.
By teaching SEL skills to children and helping them to apply these skills effectively, we are setting them up for success by ensuring that they have the social and emotional competence that they need to thrive in a complex world.
Children who understand how to identify emotions within themselves and others are better able to regulate their emotional responses, which result in lower levels of aggression and higher levels of positive social interactions.
Problem-solving is an essential skill which will assist children in decision-making throughout their lifetime. Learning how to identify a problem accurately, consider appropriate solutions, weigh any potential consequences, and then select and evaluate the viability of their choice teaches children how to proactively solve any problem they may encounter, in any environment.
The ability to recognize emotions accurately and apply simple strategies for managing them allows children the opportunity to cope with strong emotions in an effective manner. Applying simple techniques to prevent an escalation of strong emotions will help children learn impulse control and perspective taking while enhancing their self-esteem.