SEL Awardee

Jay Sohn

James S. Rickards Middle School
Oakland Park, FL
“Many students at Rickards Middle School are not all able to make connections between their culture and personal experiences despite following the prescribed Social Studies standards. The inclusion of all cultures could be enriched in the Social Studies curriculum but with supplemental resources, the use of SEL competencies and cultural awareness for teachers, this gap could be bridged. The funds will be allocated on professional development for teachers on cultural awareness and sensitivity along with teacher resources, field trips and school-wide initiatives. We hope to provide the 'mirror' for all students to see themselves reflected within the Social Studies curriculum.”
Tags: Culturally Responsive Approaches, ELs, Girls & Young Women of Color, Indigenous Communities, LGBTQI+, Middle School, New Arrivals, Students Affected by Suspensions, Students with Disabilities, Teacher, Traditional Public School, Urban