Making Global SEL Possible: Early in Life, Every Day, and Everywhere
The path to making SEL happen in a beautiful way -- together as WE.
Our Big Bet :: The Mission
Too many children grow up without consistent support to practice understanding diverse people, cultures, mindsets & perspectives.
When we don't use our empathy and critical thinking muscles, our ability to see one another as unique amazing humans starts to wither away. That leads to knots in our chests, inauthenticity, close-mindedness, bullying, inequality, intolerance, family fights, and violence.
That's why we exist. To encourage compassion for self, others, and our world. To work alongside teachers and students, learning and listening, so we can bring students the stories that open hearts and minds early in life, every day, and everywhere.
Children can and will help all of us come back together with social, emotional, and academic brilliance. Children can help us all find the youthfulness somewhere deep down in us. They can remind us that those dreams we had for a better world are possible if we live from our hearts, no matter how unlikely our minds say this future is.
In building Better World Ed, our big bet is on children leading humanity from our heads to our hearts. Often people will say "we need to teach youth _____". We see this a bit differently. To us, it's a two way street. We believe we as educators and parents need to help youth teach the rest of us how to be more loving, authentic, compassionate, vulnerable, curious, and empathetic.
On this mission for us all to love learning about self, others, and our world, it's key that we see youth not as recipients or beneficiaries, but as true partners.
People have asked often: "But how do we actually reach people early in life, every day, and everywhere?" "How do we make SEL possible for everyone when there are SO many loops and hoops and barriers to making this possible?" "How do we do this while staying true to our purpose and values in every aspect of our lives and work?"
Here's the BeWE approach and mindset on this journey to help you(th) love learning about self, others, and our world. On this journey to make SEL possible. Even magical.
Early In Life
Languages, bike riding, swimming, reading, laughing. It all just goes so magically well when we start early. And there are oodles of research showing how important it is to fuel our capacity to empathize, to be curious, to think with awareness, and to practice compassion.
From our experiences as students, as teachers, as storytellers, and as observers in hundreds of classrooms, we've also seen how critical it is to SHOW to drive curiosity, instead of starting a lesson with a flood of info.
We create our videos and stories with 3 year olds in mind:
Who hasn't talked about the importance of practice? We all know in our hearts and minds, and in our personal experiences, that practicing something helps us get better at it. The same goes for becoming more empathetic, more curious, more aware, more creative, and more compassionate. These kinds of competencies and skills require practice. It's like any other muscle -- we need to work our social and emotional muscles out for them to grow.
From our research and learning in the early days of Better World Ed, something we heard from teachers and students without fail was that it was really hard to practice SEL weekly, let alone daily. That doesn't work in our book.
We create our lesson plans and stories with PK-12 academic needs in mind:
Widespread change requires widespread reach. For us to create a more compassionate, caring, curious, and beautiful world, we've got to get everybody moving from their heads to their hearts.
Mindset shift for a few humans won't change everything with the depth or breadth that we so deeply need in our world today. Think about it. You've got some amazing idea for how something could be better at work. Your child has some amazing idea for how to start a cool campaign in school. What's needed next? Other people to join you in making this reality.
We create our videos, stories, and lesson plans with humanity in mind:
Making Global SEL Possible
If we can reach youth early in life, every day, and everywhere on the planet with stories that help them sustain and deepen their awareness and curiosity and compassion, then they will lead us to a better world in ways we can't even yet comprehend. They'll help us get out of our heads, and move towards our hearts.
Youth can lead us to a more compassionate, interconnected, curious world that sees the limitless potential of WE. Let's make this magic possible together.
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