Academic Development Initiatives
Healthy Minds = Healthy Schools
The Leadership Institute of Nevada developed and implemented a Social, Emotional, Academic Development (SEAD) series of wellness workshops. The Institute collaborated directly with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine and Mindful SEAD on developing and implementing these new SEAD wellness workshops. It was a five-part series of sessions that had a primary goal to ensure that administrators and teacher leaders have the tools they need to address their own personal well-being, and to learn coping strategies that may be implemented in schools thus allowing them to better serve students and their school communities. In the process, leaders were able to recognize signs and triggers of trauma in students and families, allowing them to better meet the needs of students and families’ social-emotional well-being in order to improve both academic and SEL outcomes. This SEAD Workshop Series was based upon the science and research on mindfulness practices.
Five Core Competencies for SEAD Workshop Series:
- Self-awareness: The abilities to understand one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts.
- Self-management: The abilities to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations and to achieve goals and aspirations.
- Social awareness: The abilities to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts.
- Relationship skills: The abilities to establish and maintain healthy and supportive relationships and to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups.
- Responsible decision-making: The abilities to make caring and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions across diverse situations.