Exclusively available through CATCH, SEL Journeys provides age-differentiated lessons aligned to the CASEL Framework for Systemic Social and Emotional Learning.The K-12 program uses movement and cultural learning to teach and reinforce SEL concepts via a highly engaging digital platform.
In 2018-2019, the SEL Journeys pilot program to gather initial program feedback was conducted in 5 schools total, 3 of them in CPS, each with very different student demographics. All 3 schools continued with the program the following year. Since that time, SEL Journeys has been adopted by 19 more CPS schools, who use the program in a variety of ways.
CATCH’s CPS partners use SEL Journeys in a variety of ways. In some schools, a single teacher such as a counselor, physical education or fine arts teacher facilitates the program with students at various grade levels. In other schools, all classroom teachers have access to the program and it is used on a site-wide basis, often during morning meetings or dedicated SEL time. During the pandemic, teachers enjoyed using the program as a way to energize students with physical activity while checking in with them about their social and emotional well-being.
Many teachers also reported how fun it was to see other family members occasionally join in on the dancing sections when students participated in the lessons from home. Based on an in-person dance and social skills program that has been popular in CPS schools since 2006, SEL Journeys has proven to be an adaptable program that meets the needs of diverse learners and helps promote a positive classroom, school, and community culture and climate.
“The combination of movement and social emotional learning is so valuable. My students want to do it every day. I have nothing but positive things to say about it.”- Ms. Brandon - 1st Grade, Blaine Elementary
“This is really exciting…it’s movement, geography, SEL. It’s a little bit of everything.”- Ms. Zepeda, 4th grade, Ruiz Elementary
“I was really pleasantly surprised because I wasn’t sure how some kids would react, but I was really happy to see the kids buy into it and find joy through the experience.”- Ms. O’Neill, 5th grade, Catalyst Circle Rock
“They’re still learning and they don’t really realize that they’re still learning, so that’s the brilliant part of it.”- Ms. Guzman, 2nd Grade, Ruiz Elementary
“It’s really awesome that they get to use their movement intelligence in a way that pairs with a learning experience, and they are able to get something out of it, doing something that they love”- Ms. LaRosa, 3rd Grade, Catalyst Circle Rock