Slate School utilizes the Responsive Classroom approach to build social and emotional competencies, including cooperation, empathy, and responsibility in support of Slate School’s central tenets of kindness, integrity, and respect. All members of the Slate School community adopt and practice these fundamental values, which are reinforced and reflected through the school day. While children learn to read, write, speak, count, and think scientifically about the world, they also learn to value our four foundational ideas: friendship, forgiveness, for others, and gratitude.
All children are engaged in reflection and goal setting. Early in the academic year, all learners identify their long-term goals, and they then craft mini goals and commitments toward achieving their hopes and dreams. These goals and commitments are shared with the classroom community for encouragement and as a daily reminder of our purpose.