social-emotional behavioral supports
Compass Charter School strives to support the social-emotional-behavioral growth of all of our students through the following avenues:
caring school community
Compass is currently in the first year of implementing Caring School Community across all grades. Caring School Community is a research-based program that builds both classroom and school wide community. Class meetings are integrated throughout the day to offer students and teachers an opportunity to get to know each other, explore strategies to problem solve, and make decisions that impact the overall classroom culture. By fostering pro-social skills consistently through the day, both students and teachers are invested in developing a positive classroom culture.
In addition to classroom meetings through the day, Caring Schools Community promotes building broader relationships within Compass by having both full school community activities and a cross-age buddy class program. In the Buddy Class Program, younger and older children are partnered together and meet regularly to engage in activities building academic and social skills. Some of the key skills targeting through the Cross-Age Buddy Program include acting responsible, asking for and giving help, and sharing ideas. During the 2016-17 school year, the class partnerships are K-2 and 1-3. When Compass reaches full capacity, there will be a slightly larger age difference between Buddy Classes with partnerships between K-3, 1-4, and 2-5.
SMALL GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING SERVICES
Compass offers a wealth of small group and individual counseling services. Students who receive counseling as a related service on their IEP work toward specific and measurable goals with our school psychologist. Any child in need of behavioral or emotional support through the RTI process works with our Community Support Coordinator in both individual and small group settings. For both group and individual sessions, evidenced based curriculums focused on building flexible thinking and emotional regulation skills are used. Topical groups are also facilitated throughout the year to address the needs of the school population and include common issues such as family changes, anxiety, and anger management.
During the 2016-17 school year, Compass School Community is being trained in the Responsive Classroom approach as an additional social emotional support for all grade levels. Responsive Classroom builds on many of the proactive strategies outlined in Caring School Community: classroom meetings, positive social interactions, and knowing each child are some of the core tenets of the program. In addition to positive social skill building, Responsive Classroom encourages student ownership and investment in the classroom by involving children in the creation of class rules. Interactive modeling is used throughout the school day so students are able to see and hear what is expected of them during routines and procedures This approach also allows for consistency in language across classrooms throughout the school by teachers effectively using reinforcing, reminding, and redirecting language as needed. Rather than punishment for misbehavior, logical consequences are used to help children better recognize the impact of their actions on the larger community and think collaboratively about how to fix the mistake that was made. Children are taught what it means to “take a break” either in the classroom or outside of the room in a buddy class. The Responsive Classroom approach focuses on implementing proactive interventions that allow children to feel loved and respected at school with developmentally responsive teaching and engaging academics.
PARENT CONSULTATION SERVICES
Our School Psychologist and Community Support Coordinator are both available to meet with parents regarding their child’s social-emotional-behavioral development. Parent consultation services might include collaboratively problem-solving a difficulty at home or school, sharing and discussing evidence-based strategies and literature, developing a positive behavior intervention plan, offering advocacy services, or connecting families with community resources and supports.