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Learn about your school’s climate

Sign up now to get on the wait list for our 10-minute inspirED School Climate Assessment and find out how the students and educators in your school are feeling.

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Explore our social and emotional learning (SEL) activities

Look through our collection of 10-minute activities, 1-hour class lessons, and school-wide projects and choose the ones that will work best in your school.

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Organize an inspirED team at your school

Find like-minded adults and students in your school community to change your school climate and help everyone in the school feel they want to feel.

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Find out how your school is "feeling". Next month we're launching an open source School Climate Assessment developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Sign up now to receive more information about the assessment and how to participate in our early release.

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Explore our social and emotional learning activities

The activities are organized into one of 8 feeling categories, based on how teens say they want to feel.

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inspired & empowered happy & excited safe & comfortable connected & supported energized & motivated passion & purpose contented & balanced respected & valued

What is Support?

1-Hour

Students reflect silently on their personal definitions of the word “support.” In small groups, they discuss their personal definitions and work together in small groups to create a “support vision” that establishes what being supported and supportive mean to them. Students work together as a class to combine small-group visions into a larger vision of support for the class.

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What is Contentment?

10 Minutes

Together students develop a working definition of contentment/balance in their lives.

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What is Motivation?

1-Hour

Students reflect silently on their personal definitions of the word “motivation.” In small groups, they discuss their personal definitions and work together in small groups to create a “motivation vision” that establishes what being motivated and motivating mean to them. Students work together as a class to combine small-group visions into a larger vision of motivation for the class.

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What is Happy?

1-Hour

Students create a personal definition of happy, define happy in terms of self, others, and environment, and create a class definition of happy and class vision of happy behavior.

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What is Inspired?

1-Hour

Students reflect silently on their personal definitions of the word “inspired.” In small groups, they discuss their personal definitions and work together in small groups to create an “inspired vision” that establishes what being inspired and inspiring mean to them. Students work together as a class to combine small-group visions into a larger inspired vision for the class.

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What is Your Passion?

10 Minutes

Students discuss passion and work to clarify and connect with their individual interests.

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What is Respect?

1-Hour

Students reflect silently on their personal definitions of the word “respect.” In small groups, they discuss their personal definitions and work together in small groups to create a “respect vision” that establishes what being respectful means to them. Students work together as a class to combine small-group visions into a larger vision of respect for the class.

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What is Safe?

1-Hour

Students reflect silently on their personal definitions of the word “safe.” In small groups, they discuss their personal definitions and work together in small groups to create a “vision of safe” that establishes what feeling safe means to them. Students work together as a class to combine small-group visions into a larger vision of safe for the class.

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Explore our social and emotional learning activities

The activities are organized into one of 8 feeling categories, based on how teens say they want to feel.

The 8 Emotions

Connected & Supported

We feel connected when we feel close to others; we feel supported when we feel like others care about us and are available to help. When students feel connected to their teachers and peers, they feel more positive about school. The more social support students report having, the more they report feeling physically healthy and having high self-esteem.

Contented & Balanced

When we feel content, we are at ease and satisfied with what we have. When we feel balanced, we have a sense that different areas of our lives are occurring in proper amounts and are given the proper amount of our attention. Students who live healthier and more balanced lifestyles tend to feel more content over time.

Energized & Motivated

We feel energized when we feel awake and full of life or spirit. We feel motivated when we feel driven to do something. When we feel both, we are more likely to think of creative solutions and apply them to make change in the world. When students feel energized, they are better at focusing and more likely to be motivated to work hard to achieve goals.

Happy & Excited

We feel happy when we are enjoying our experience. We feel excited when we feel energetic and positive about something in the future. Happier people tend to trust others more and have more social connections. Reflecting on what we are thankful for, helping others, and engaging in social events and physical activity increase happiness.

Inspired & Empowered

Feeling inspired is being affected powerfully in a way that motivates us. Feeling empowered is feeling capable of doing well. When students feel inspired, they pursue more innovative endeavors, perform better, and experience greater life satisfaction. Students who feel empowered feel more competent and motivated to work and find more meaning in school.

Passion & Purpose

Feeling passionate is about being driven by strong emotions or beliefs. Feeling purposeful is believing what we do is meaningful and has a clear aim. People who report living passionately and with purpose tend to recover more easily from stress and trauma. They also tend to perform better in and out of school and are less depressed and healthier.

Respected & Valued

We feel respected and valued when we believe that others think of us and are treating us like we are unique and important. When students feel respected by peers, they judge their own merits and status more highly and have more self-respect. When students feel valued by teachers, they are less likely to complain and more likely to follow classroom instruction.

Safe & Comfortable

When we feel safe, we feel secure, with few fears or doubts. When we feel comfortable, we feel pleasant and relaxed. These feelings help us to feel more confident to express ourselves, including our genuine thoughts and beliefs. When students feel safe and comfortable, they are more engaged, take more risks in earning, and express themselves more freely.

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