Early Childhood Social-Emotional Learning Approach Given ‘Highest Quality’ Designation
GREENVILLE, Wis., July 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — School Specialty, Inc., (OTCQB:SCOO) (“School Specialty”, “SSI” or “the Company”), home of the 21st Century Safe School™ and leading provider of innovative solutions that support integrated learning environments for improved student social, emotional, mental and physical well-being, announced the Circle of Education®, a social-emotional wellness program for early childhood educators, has been endorsed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the world’s leading organization advancing social-emotional learning.
“A child isn’t ready or able to learn if they don’t feel safe and secure,” said Joseph M. Yorio, School Specialty’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Circle of Education program equips early childhood educators, parents and care-givers with the tools and techniques to effectively integrate academic development and behavioral health, so our littlest learners can move through their educational journeys with the social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, in their careers, and in their communities.”
More and more education systems recognize the importance of social emotional skills to the learning process and students’ academic performance. Growing numbers of states require programs and materials that enhance the development of social emotional skills in an educational environment. Many districts and schools need to find an appropriate social emotional learning (SEL) program and CASEL provides a vital service by carefully reviewing and recognizing such programs. Importantly, the Circle of Education program is aligned with all 50 US states and Head Start Early Childhood Standards for ages birth to six.
“School Specialty is especially proud to be offering this innovative program to educators, not only because it has been endorsed by CASEL but because it aligns with our 21stCentury Safe School initiative to find, foster and advance programs that support the physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in all learning environments to create better student outcomes,” Yorio said. CASEL has designated the Circle of Education a SELect program, its highest recognition, as it has demonstrated a positive impact on behavioral or academic performance in a learning environment in which it was employed.
The Circle of Education encourages learning readiness skills and social emotional wellness to inspire children to learn, communicate, collaborate, be creative, and problem solve. It is designed to be used with children from birth to eight years-old. It was created by Dr. Shulamit Ritblatt, a leading expert in social-emotional development and founder of delibrainy, developer of the program.
To be designated a CASEL SELect program, the Circle of Education met or exceeded the following design, implementation and evaluation criteria:
- Be a well-designed school-based program that intentionally and comprehensively promotes students’ social and emotional learning skills;
- Provides quality professional development and training to support implementation; and,
- Shows evidence of effectiveness.
“School Specialty is committed to bringing to market innovative educational products and programs that are evidence-based and can help to foster the true 21stCentury Safe School environment. The Circle of Education is just one of the many vital solutions we offer to educators,” said Soren Sofhauser, Director of Early Childhood Sales.
About delibrainy LLC
delibrainy LLC, a San Diego-based company founded by Professor Shulamit Ritblatt Ph.D. and David Ritblatt, develops research- and evidence-based programs and products, and provides services in five key areas of early childhood development: Social Emotional Wellness, Academic Development (Literacy & STEAM), Family Engagement, Learning Readiness, and Behavioral Health & Early Intervention for young children from birth to eight years old. delibrainy created the Circle of Education®® program to specifically address these five key areas. For more information, visit www.delibrainy.com and www.circleofeducation.com.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the world’s leading organization advancing one of the most important fields in education in decades: the practice of promoting integrated academic, social, and emotional learning for all children in preschool through high school. For more information, visit www.casel.org.
About School Specialty, Inc.
School Specialty designs, develops and delivers the broadest assortment of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace, including essential classroom supplies, furniture, educational technology, supplemental learning resources, science-based curriculum, and evidence-based safety training & security. The Company applies its unmatched team of subject-matter experts and customized planning, development and project management tools to deliver this assortment as the 21st Century Safe School™, a concept built around best-practice school environments that support the social, emotional, mental, and physical safety of children – improving both their learning outcomes and school district performance.
School Specialty serves the U.S. and Canada through a comprehensive network of distribution centers powered by a multi-channel approach. For more information, visit https://corporate.schoolspecialty.com/ or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Find ideas, resources and inspiration by visiting our blog: https://blog.schoolspecialty.com/.
School Specialty Contact:
Marketing Manager – Physical Education, Special Needs, Early Childhood, Out of School
Steve Hoechster (HEX-ster) and Dionne Manchester
GW Communications (for School Specialty)
Tel: 212-786-6015 / 212-786-6068
Email: shoechster@GWCco.com / dionne@GWCco.com
Source: School Specialty, Inc