Milton Hershey School Teaches Social and Emotional Learning through New Innovative Program

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The Compass Project was developed to enhance students' understanding of core learning skills

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“The experiential program allows students to discover their values and develops their learning skills that help them become leaders,” said Deanna Slamans, Curriculum Supervisor of Social and Emotional Learning.

Social and emotional learning is the foundation of a new Character and Leadership Development program, otherwise known as The Compass Project, at Milton Hershey School.

The Compass Project is designed to help students of all grade levels develop strong character, leadership, and social and emotional learning skills. The transformative character and leadership program also builds on Milton Hershey School’s sacred values, which include commitment to mission, integrity, positive spirit and mutual respect.

“The experiential program allows students to discover their values and develops their learning skills that help them become leaders,” said Deanna Slamans, Curriculum Supervisor of Social and Emotional Learning.

The Compass Project’s curriculum and monthly lessons are based on four themes that promote self-discovery, personal responsibility and learning outside the classroom.

Well-being is the first theme, and well-being lessons focus on teaching students to be self-reflective and practice mindfulness. These skills expand on the sacred value of commitment to help students develop self-esteem and overcome challenges.

Social intelligence lessons discuss social norms and values, diversity and respect, and the importance of compromising and finding common ground. Students learn how to navigate diverse environments and relationships while maintaining an empathetic attitude and mutual respect for others.

Self-sufficiency activities encourage students to exercise grit, perseverance and resilience. By improving their ability to prioritize, confront failure and make responsible decisions, students understand what it means to act with integrity.

Growth mindset lessons teach students to be curious and eager to learn through reasoning, problem-solving and free play activities. The goal of this theme is to foster positive spirit among young people.

By implementing The Compass Project school-wide, Milton Hershey School is working to enhance students’ understanding of the core social and emotional learning skills.

More information about the social and emotional learning initiative at Milton Hershey School can be found at mhskids.org.

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