SEL Awardee

Eric Haber

Baltimore City Public Schools
Baltimore, MD
“Since its launch in SY 2017-18, the SEL program RISE: Refugee & Immigrant Student Empowerment has created unique social and emotional learning and leadership development opportunities for nearly 700 students in Baltimore City Public Schools. RISE is facilitated by the Newcomer Support Team, a mobile team of social workers and social work interns that provides a range of supports for City Schools’ immigrant and refugee students. RISE begins with a simple premise: that the immigration experience is a source of strength for young people. Through SEL student groups, classroom discussions, and projects, our students elevate their voices, uncover strengths, and develop leadership skills necessary for managing the successful transition to life in the United States. Over the three years of generous funding from the SEL in Action Awards, we have been inspired by the ever-expanding network of students open to learning new skills, willing to be vulnerable, and allowing us (as well as their teachers and caregivers) to join with them in social emotional learning, as they find their path to success in school and life. Despite the long roads already behind them, our students know that their journey in life is just beginning.”
Tags: Art & Literature, Collaborative Learning, Culturally Responsive Approaches, District, Elementary School, ELs, Girls & Young Women of Color, High School, Housing Inequities, Identity Development, Middle School, New Arrivals, Racial, Gender and/or Social Justice, Restorative Practices, Student Engagement, Student Leadership & Voice, Traditional Public School, Urban