Wayfinder to Expand SEL and But Apprenticeship Programs to Elementary Market
K-12 social-emotional learning provider Wayfinder said today that after a year of feedback from educators on its pilot programs for elementary students, the company is adding K-5 learning and “goal-based learning” at its existing middle and high schools. offers, starting this fall.
K-5 curricula are aligned with Common Core and CASEL standards, Wayfinder said in a press release; it emphasizes a “fresh approach, going beyond SEL to bring authenticity, joy, and self-determination to the classroom,” Wayfinder said. Its content – which includes lessons, activities and resources for students – encourages students to collaborate and practice self-expression.
In a recent evaluation by Dr. Heather Malin of Stanford University’s Center on Adolescence, Wayfinder’s middle and high school programs were found to improve student achievement in six SEL domains, according to the release. press: social awareness, expression of identity, development goal, school engagement, cultural awareness and belonging. The Wayfinder middle school curriculum emphasizes belonging, while the high school curriculum focuses on students finding purpose, according to the Wayfinder website.
In addition to educator training and technical support, Wayfinder said its new K-5 offerings will include the following:
- 20 experiential and playful Core Curriculum lessons per year that each require just a few minutes of teacher preparation time.
- An activity library with over 200 customizable exploratory activities for elementary students, searchable by duration, skill, grade level, activity type, and more, to help students develop their SEL skills while learning and playing .
- Instructional videos to lighten the load on teachers, help teachers lead class discussions, and inspire students.
- Simplified, printable instructional guides that can be implemented in 20-minute blocks or broken down into smaller activities throughout the day.
- Age-appropriate student toolkits for young learners to think, draw and journal.
- A comprehensive sixth-grade curriculum called “Belonging: Foundations” with lessons that “foster classmate bonds and help build a culture of belonging,” intended to help students transition from elementary to middle school.
“[My students] aren’t totally sold on the SEL, but they loved the [Wayfinder] activities,” said a fourth-grade teacher from Massachusetts who participated in the pilot project. “They even made some great suggestions on how we should be paired up with students who aren’t our friends so we can build trust.”
Learn more at WithWayfinder.com.
Kristal Kuykendall is the editor of 1105 Media Education Group. She can be reached at [email protected].