Social-Emotional Learning & Mindfulness
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
CBA takes a holistic approach to preparing our students for success in life by incorporating mindfulness into our curriculum. Numerous studies show that with regular practice, mindfulness helps to improve attention spans, regulate emotions, improve self-compassion, and reduce anxiety. Margaret Meyers, middle school director, is a certified instructor with Mindful Schools, an organization devoted to training educators and parents in the practice of mindfulness, developed the school's mindfulness program that incorporates techniques including meditation, breath work and mind-body awareness.
In addition to mindfulness, students benefit from instruction in yoga as part of our physical education and wellness curriculum. Students also have the opportunity to further develop their social skills through regular work with our school counselor, Beverly Gill and thanks to a partnership with Social Butterflies, students can attend weekly Lunch Bunch Groups onsite at CBA.