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Social Emotional Learning

In the 21st century, strong academics are necessary but not sufficient. Information is now available to young people at the click of a button, so schools must be places of learning that provide more than the transmission and acquisition of content. Additionally, research has shown that success after graduation is far more highly correlated to one's social intelligence than one's academic accomplishments. By intimately linking the academic, social, emotional and spiritual, we believe we will create students who are more prepared to tackle the many real-life challenges they will face in their future educations, careers and families.
Across all subject areas, students at KYMS are taught, practice, develop and are assessed on Habits that empower them to be active, contributing participants and leaders in all the spaces that intersect their lives -school, family, shul, the Jewish community, and the broader world. All work, learning experiences, and goals can be assessed with Habits on our AltSchool platform. This allows us to gather, track data, and focus instruction related to social/emotional skills the same way we do for academic skills.
These Habits are: curiosity, optimism, self control (interpersonal), self control (school work), grit, social intelligence, zest, gratitude, purpose, growth mindset. These Habits were chosen because Angela Duckworth’s research shows they, more so than other social skills, can be learned and cultivated over time.
Our twice-weekly Advisory/ Tzelem periods provide the time and space for the school community to develop a common language, competencies, and a set of values that align with both our Habits and our Code ofConduct (Honesty, Empathy, Respect, and Responsibility). Advisory is also the time in which our students will learn our Tzelem (Life Values and Intimacy) curriculum and set/ monitor religious growth goals. Taken as a whole, these learning experiences ensure that our students are supported in their transition from childhood to adolescence with curriculum that promotes academic organization, problem-solving, and social-emotional exploration and regulation.
Advisory at KYMS:
● Supports 6th grade students in making the transition to Middle School by helping them adjust to anew school, classmates, expectations, schedule, curriculum, and other new experiences.
● Creates meaningful connections between academic content and socio-emotional learning across subject areas.
● Provides students with ongoing and structured one-on-one support.
● Provides students with a deep connection to one KYMS teacher.
● Provides students with a safe space for sharing ideas, thoughts and feelings.
● Allows students to be a part of a smaller community within the larger Kohelet community.
● Supports 8th grade students in their anticipated transition to High School by preparing them to adjust to a new community with different expectations, rituals and routines.