The School of Belonging Initiative (SBI) creates a school culture that fosters empathic relationships, emotional safety, and real-world learning.
We advocate for a shift in K-12 education from standardized testing as the sole metric for measuring effective instruction to a more holistic approach that takes into account the social, emotional and leadership skills necessary for student success in the 21st Century.
–Tim Hoss, Principal, Northport Middle School
Informed by the research and literature on resilience, emotional intelligence, and neuroscience, SBI focuses on social culture building with teachers, mental health professionals, support staff, specialists, and leadership. SBI achieves this mission through the creation of cultural norms that promote high quality listening, feedback processes, community-building techniques and reflective practice.
The ultimate goal of SBI is to build capacity in the areas of social skills development and culture building so that the students will achieve to their fullest potential socially, emotionally, and academically in a safe and honorable learning environment while the teachers feel inspired and supported in their work as significant adults in the lives of their students.
SBI trains teachers and mental health professionals to facilitate Facing the Future, Leaving a Legacy: Lessons for a School of Belonging. This set of lessons utilizes MDP to create real-life, emotionally charged, inspiring and life-changing pro-social learning experiences.