Magazine article Curriculum Review

GRADES K - 6: Ohio School's Resident Pooch Is Encouraging Social and Emotional Learning with Just a Wag of the Tail

Magazine article Curriculum Review

GRADES K - 6: Ohio School's Resident Pooch Is Encouraging Social and Emotional Learning with Just a Wag of the Tail

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This year, Licking Valley Primary School in Newark, Ohio, has a new student greeter in the morning. Even though she has fur and four legs, she's specially trained to look for kindness in the kids.

It's Jarah the therapy dog who is an official staff member at the school.

"It was kind of one of those pie-in-the-sky ideas," said the principal at Licking Valley Primary School, to WBNS news. "What if we could add that to our building, what kind of impact would that make?"

The idea behind Jarah stemmed from a focus on social and emotional learning (SEL). The principal cited a study by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) that showed that student performance can improve by 11 percent from enhancing the SEL environment.

"What the teachers and I have done, starting last year, is identify what are the components of social-emotional learning, like empathy and kindness and self-control, that we currently already do, and how do we kinda weave it into the fabric of our everyday academic approach," he said. …

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