As we think about how to design learning opportunities and experiences that will support our students in their preparation for a radically different future from what most of us have experienced, we need to further our endeavors in supporting their social emotional development. In talking with our students at Calaveras Hills High School and Milpitas High School about how they are, or want to be a part of designing a fruitful school experience, these themes emerged: connection with others, feeling valued, balance, and a desire for authentic engagement.
What the world will look like in 2050 will be very different from today. There are two constants we can depend on; technology will continue to both enhance communication and decrease the need for manual labor, and change will continue to accelerate. Frankly, it can be daunting to think about what our kids will be doing as adults.
The programs we have in place to prevent bullying are much more than that, they are providing our students with social emotional skills that are necessary for their success in the future. They are learning to be mindful of their words, and to ensure that their actions demonstrate the value of those who are different from themselves. We are at an awe-inspiring junction for innovation in how we design new school programs. In addition to the science, tech, and math skills that our students will need for the future, our graduates will need to be adept at building a community in which they can be versatile, discerning, and balanced in their approach to life. Our students want to own their part in establishing a future free from prejudice and hate, they want to own their community and be responsive to its needs. We can help them get there together.