Social Emotional Learning

The Gestalt NICE Team

Gestalt Community Schools believes that a strong Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program is the cornerstone to our academic approach and scholars’ academic success.

Social emotional learning is crucial, especially post-pandemic, as this type of teaching allows scholars to apply knowledge, skills and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and make responsible decisions. More importantly, SEL advances educational equality.

This is why Gestalt formed The Network Inclusion, Culture and Equity (NICE) Team, which has been tasked with codifying our current body of SEL work and planning authentic experiences that allow scholars, families and teachers to practice those skills through a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) lens.

The NICE Team’s work includes:

Networkwide wellness pulse-check surveys

Daily scholar check-ins in all five schools

Teacher wellness sessions

Family wellness sessions

Creation of Teacher Zen Rooms

The Teacher Zen Room