What kinds of schools do you all work with?
All. Every kind. And not just schools! Global SEL is great at home, too.
People have asked us before, "why not focus on the schools (and people) that need this kind of curriculum most?"
That's hard for us to respond to, as we believe every single one of us needs this the most. Any kind of school, any kind of learning environment (at home, too!), and anywhere we can imagine.
Look at our world today. Across every geographic location and socioeconomic status, we have humans making all kinds of decisions that have positive and negative impacts on self, others, and our world.
Humans sharing thoughts, words, and actions that have implicit and explicit bias in them, and humans making judgments and taking action based on the color of another person's skin. Based on another person's religion. Based on another person's socioeconomic status.
Humans who went to all kinds of schools -- and often some of the "most elite schools", including schools with existing SEL efforts -- perpetuate (implicitly and/or explicitly) dangerous bias, judgment, discrimination, and everything that comes from these dangerous things.
So to us, there's not one type of school that's worse or better // more in need or less in need of social and emotional learning that's global, immersive, integrated, meaningful, inclusive, and deeply focused on equity and social change at a personal, interpersonal, and global level.
When BeWE learning is happening in every classroom (across every kind of school and learning environment that exists in our world) we believe we will begin to move beyond the bias / perspective / prejudice / judgment / assumption that some students "need" social, emotional, and global learning more than others.
We will begin to move towards truly seeing that many students -- often those students that people suggest to us "need this the most" -- are already having deeply complex conversations from birth because of the unjust and inequitable system we live in ( powerful video to share more on this).
We can then move closer to a mindset of "let's all become more socially, emotionally, and globally aware -- together". Let's create the necessary, long overdue changes in our hearts and minds to untangle the challenges we perpetuate today, and weave together a more beautiful, just, equitable future.
After all, we are all uniquely and beautifully gifted and talented humans. We all have limitless potential together. WE can make magic happen in our world together. And that's true across every type of school and every student.
WE ALL need to love learning about self, others, and our world. And we need this learning to happen as a united front -- not as an us and them. That's what we mean by Be WE. This isn't about who's doing good already and who's not doing enough or who needs to learn better. We can all be better together.