• Monica Gupta Mehta

Caring School Community Program

Program Summary from Wallace Foundation

Caring School Community (CSC) is a K-6 program that builds classroom and school community while teaching social and emotional skills. CSC is a school-wide program with four core components: Class Meetings, the Cross-Age Buddies Program, Homeside Activities, and Schoolwide Community-Building Activities. The program is divided into two age-ranges: Grades K-1 and Grades 2-6. The curriculum for Class Meetings includes 30-35 lessons that build classroom community, set class norms and goals, build social skills, and help students learn to make decisions and solve problems related to classroom life. Lessons are organized for use at various points throughout the year: Beginning of Year Meetings occur 2-3 times per week during the first 8 weeks of school; Planning/Decision-Making and Problem Solving Meetings occur twice a month or as needed from November through May; and End of Year Meetings are delivered twice in the last month of school. Class Meetings typically include an introduction, activity or discussion related to the lesson theme, and reflection on the lesson concepts. In addition to Class Meetings, the Cross-Age Buddy Program fosters caring relationships between students of different ages; Homeside Activities promote family engagement; and Schoolwide Activities build community and promote helpfulness, inclusivity, and responsibility among students. Developed by Center for the Collaborative Classroom.

Areas of Focus (as stated by program) Building community, setting classroom norms and goals, planning and decision making, problem solving, and understanding and empathizing with other students

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