SEL Awardee

Sarah Walker

The Ann Richards School For Young Women Leaders
Austin Independent School District
Austin, TX
“Our project, 'What School Could Be: Reimagining Curriculum for Students' Wellbeing,' aims to: (1) reimagine traditional school models, (2) provide students targeted SEL support that is academically interwoven, and (3) develop staff who understand and adopt positive education pedagogy across our school. Many of our students suffer from a high-achieving perfectionism, struggling to balance their well-being with academic and other demands. We are piloting a year-long SEL program spearheaded by students collaborating with their teachers. We will take Participatory Action Research (PAR) as methodology, allowing student voice to drive Positive Education Strategy, a pedagogy blending academics with wellness.”
Tags: Curriculum, Girls & Young Women of Color, High School, Identity Development, Student Leadership & Voice, Teacher, Traditional Public School, Urban