Social-emotional learning (SEL) is one of the core elements of the iLEAD Agua Dulce approach to education. Through social-emotional learning, learners understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Academic achievement is only one aspect of a learner’s education at iLEAD Agua Dulce. We also deeply value learners’ development of emotional intelligence, life skills, and community engagement, and we support these through the development of character strengths, as defined by Character Lab. Social-emotional learning develops strengths of heart, mind, and will.
Today, we want to discuss a character strength of will: optimism. Optimism is being hopeful about future outcomes combined with the agency to shape that future.
When we embody the character strength of optimism, the following things are true about us:
We can help learners build healthy optimism in the following ways:
Character Lab CEO Angela Duckworth has said, “It stands to reason that even in our darkest moments, there will always be hope for humankind.”
That thought likely rings true for many of us as we survey a world gripped by multiple ongoing crises. We all need optimism, and we have a responsibility to help kids develop a healthy strength of optimism that will help them face the world.
What does it take to really succeed? Some might call it drive or determination. At iLEAD Agua Dulce, we like to call it grit, and it is a crucial component of social-emotional learning. We define grit as “having courage and resolve, and strength of character.” Someone with grit works hard and passionately, sets goals, and
We are excited to provide free meals through the Summer Seamless Program. We are providing meals for all children up to 18 years of age at no charge. You do not need to be an enrolled learner in order to receive free meals. Good news! Each Friday we are serving free grab-and-go meals to take home for the weekend as well. Each
Greetings, iLEAD community, Every other week, a new Together Tuesday video features photos of families, learners, and staff throughout the iLEAD nation — a reminder that we’re all in this together. We’d love to see your contributions. To ensure your submissions are included, please click here to submit your photos. Photos received by the Friday before each Together Tuesday are eligible