Social Emotional Learning

Our framework for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at TBS is founded in research from The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). We rely on the five CASEL-identified competencies of self-awareness, self management, social awareness, responsible decision making, and relationship skills in our curriculum design and instructional decision-making.

Practical Life on our Early Childhood Campus

Engaging preschool children in activities that foster independence, self-confidence and self-control are critical to the formation of their self-esteem now and in the years to come. Knowing they can act and interact confidently with everyday materials moves each child toward independence. These activities develop concentration, sense of order, attention to details, and small motor coordination. All of these deliberate activities encourage the child to match their development so they can honestly say, “I can do it myself.” Some of these activities include: table washing, pouring, folding, pushing in chairs, rolling a mat, walking carefully in the classroom, greeting people, using manners to express themselves, and lining up and sharing materials. Practical life skills are reinforced in the classroom and outside as children navigate their outdoor play environment.

K-8 Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a mechanism for developing self-awareness, compassion, emotional resilience, and mental clarity. Research has shown evidence of improved overall well being for both adults and youth. Recent studies have shown outcomes of improved attention, improved self esteem, and improved self regulation for adolescents and youth.

K-5 Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation is a self-regulation curriculum designed to help students identify and name various emotional states. The second stage of the curriculum involves choosing tools to modify and adjust emotions, and ultimately develop more balanced internal responses. The third stage includes perspective taking. Once students understand their own emotional states, they can begin to apply their understanding to emotional states of others, developing social awareness and relationship skills.

K-5 Responsive Classroom

Responsive Classroom strives to build a strong school climate through classroom management of positive discipline, student voice, and community building. Research shows outcomes of improved academic achievement and greater teacher effectiveness.

6-8 Developmental Designs

This framework builds community, perspective, and inclusion through integrated academic and social emotional learning. Student advisories work together to develop identity, resilience, responsible decision making, and collaboration.

For Admissions information, please contact Director of Admission Paula Farmer at pfarmer{at}theberkeleyschool.org or (510) 665-8800, ext. 103. 

K - 8 Campus

1310 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 665-8800

Early Childhood Campus

2030 Francisco Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 849-8340

K - 8 Campus

1310 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 665-8800

Early Childhood Campus

2030 Francisco Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 849-8340

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