SEL Awardee

Christina James

Shue-Medill Middle School
Christina School District
Newark, DE
“More and more information and research is being presented about students and Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs). We recognize that students cannot learn academically if they are behaviorally not present. The latest research around ACEs from the Center for Disease Control is that 45 percent of school-age children have experienced more than three ACEs. The CDC identifies specific future health risks as a result. It is time to start training our staff and community on this research and techniques to help students self-regulate. Real learning only occurs when a student is in a state of mind to acquire new information. We are purchasing SEL curricula as well as enhancing the few interventions and programs we currently have in place in order to continue our progress as a school of Distinguished Mental Health and Wellness!”
Tags: Mentorship, Middle School, Restorative Practices, Student Leadership & Voice, Students Affected by Suspensions, Teacher, Traditional Public School, Urban