Wings for Kids, Allstate Foundation and Discovery Education joined forces to launch Soar with Wings: Social Emotional Skills for School & Life a program created to equip educators with digital resources focused on social and emotional learning in the classroom and beyond. Soar with Wings provides free standards-aligned learning activities that incorporate academics and fun while building social and emotional skills with grades K–5. Soar with Wings also strengthens the skillsets of educators, parents, youth leaders and caregivers as they help students soar.
Soar with Wings aims to help K–5 students build the core social and emotional competencies—self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness, relationship skills—that they need to succeed in school and thrive in life.
Words to Live By
Teach your students these words to live by to reinforce the five core SEL competencies — self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness, relationship skills.
I soar with wings.
Let me tell you why.
I learn lots of skills that help me reach the sky.
I love and accept who I am on the inside
and know my emotions are nothing to hide.
Life’s full of surprises that make me feel different ways.
If I can control myself, I'll have much better days.
I understand the choices I make
should be what’s best for me to do,
and what happens is on me and not any of you.
I understand others are unique.
I want to learn more about everyone I meet.
I want to step into their shoes and
see what they are going through.
I am a friend. I support and trust.
Working together is a must.
Kind and caring I will be.
I listen to you. You listen to me.
I soar with wings.
I just told you why.
All of these things are why I FLY high.
Additional Social Emotional Learning Resources from Wings for Kids
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Our goal for Soar with Wings is to empower schools and youth organizations across the country with practical tools to implement effective social emotional learning curricula. The videos, educator guides, and digital lesson plans found here are just the beginning. At wingsforkids.org you'll find even more resources to support your SEL goals. If you like what you see on this site check out these additional resources:
- The Soar with Wings Learning Center is your all access pass to the full Wings for Kids evidence-based curriculum including additional lessons, activities, and games to use in your classroom or youth program along with self-paced learning courses and live webinars. In the Learning Center you'll also find many resources like printable classroom materials, templates, and assessments.
- Wings for Kids also delivers customized On-Site Workshops for schools and organizations who want instructional techniques to boost social emotional learning and practical easy-to-use tools. Choose from a variety of topics such as SEL instructional practices, positive learning environments, and behavior management strategies.
- For organizations wanting a comprehensive approach to SEL, the Wings for Kids Partner Projects guide you through developing and implementing an organization-wide initiative. Partner Projects cover all aspects of a comprehensive initiative, including: fostering a positive culture and climate, extensive training and professional learning, integration of SEL into program activities, implementation of explicit skill building curriculum, tools to monitor quality and effectiveness, and more.
Before grit, 21st century skills or character skills there was Wings for Kids - defining, practicing, and teaching social emotional learning. What began in 1996 as a summer camp with an explicit focus on emotional intelligence developed into an effective, high-impact, evidence-based program.
Wings for Kids operates direct service programs in the Southeast and partners with schools and youth serving organization across the country to bring high-quality social emotional learning to elementary aged students. Learn more at WingsForKids.org
Good Starts Young® is a signature program of The Allstate Foundation, which is an independent charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. The Allstate Foundation works to create more prosperous communities where people are inspired and empowered to fulfill their hopes and dreams by breaking the cycle of domestic violence, inspiring the next generation of leaders, closing the nonprofit leadership gap and honoring Allstate volunteers. For updates on The Allstate Foundation’s initiatives, follow The Allstate Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. More information on The Allstate Foundation is available at AllstateFoundation.org
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower educators, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.
Why Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?
SEL programs embedded in a school or program's culture and priorities results in improvements to students' social and emotional skills, reduced behavior problems, and increased student achievement.
Brackett, M., 2013.