Are culture and climate more important than an SEL curriculum? WINGS for Kids says yes.
Over the last 20 years, WINGS has learned that in order to effectively teach social and emotional skills, you must first possess your own social and emotional skills. Adults who model emotional intelligence provide the critical foundation for trusting and positive relationships to be formed. When adults are skilled in the core social and emotional competencies, they are supportive and engaging, take responsibility for their choices and actions, manage their emotions, deal with conflicts, and are open to feedback. It’s only when adults possess strong social and emotional competencies that kids soar.
WINGS for Kids, the only evidence-based SEL program designed specifically for after-school, believes that social and emotional learning is less about a checklist of items to teach and more about adults modeling SE skills. Karen Pittman spoke with to Bridget Laird and Nicole Lovecchio from WINGS for Kids to learn more about the WINGS approach, their intentional focus on adult skills and practices, and their plans for taking WINGS to scale across America.