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"What is Integrated
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?"
We love this question!
In short, it's the future of school. And we create resources and content to help make that more possible. To help teachers bring SEL to life in academics, in a way where the lines start to blur between traditional classes. Where learners get to be their dynamic, non-siloed best selves!
Read about how we think about SEL and integrating SEL with Academics in our blog!
We believe SEL can't live in a silo. We also believe academic subject matter can't either.
So the real-world problem solving that children engage with in our content makes it possible to practice math, empathy, social awareness, curiosity, question-asking, communication, collaboration, creativity, introspection, mindfulness, perspective taking, kindness, compassion, and literacy at the same time!
That makes kids really curious about, well, all aspects of learning. Research shows this is the skeleton key.
A lot of our work is based around what we've learned from the science around social and emotional development. CASEL, Character Lab, and the Greater Good Science Center are examples. We think it matters that brain science shows how important integrating SEL with academics is. Reading an article like this about Resilience and Grit is great; we have seen the best learning can happen when this kind of reading is paired with real-world examples from diverse cultures, all integrated with academic content.
More curious now? Great! Hear Dr. Tony Wagner share more below!
"Why are the videos wordless?"
Our students put it best:
This is the first time in my life I feel like I'm not being told what to think.
Everyone's always telling me what to believe and how things work. I feel like now I get to think for myself.
I'm always wondering about stuff. This is so cool because I get to do it while learning about the world.
Instead of telling viewers what to think, we want to ask you to think and question and wonder.
When we sit down at a meeting or walk into class, there is no voiceover telling us who other people are, what they're thinking, or what they're feeling. We have to wonder. We have to engage.
Yet too often we make a judgment — about other people, cultures, and ways of life — instead of remaining curious. This judgment and prejudice starts by age 3, before most kids can even read.
Wordless videos can help kids value and act on their curiosity about other people, perspectives, and ways of life early in life and every day. And that's showing to matter for academic learning, too.
Wordless stories have been shown to boost curiosity and engagement, to improve reading comprehension and academic learning, and to help students explore topics that matter to them. These benefits are showing to be interconnected: fostering curiosity and a sense of purpose is fundamental for a student’s academic success, and early math and reading success is a strong predictor of long term success. New research is also showing that curiosity building can play a huge role in a student's overall academic learning.
We live in stories. We learn through stories. We wonder through stories. Telling us how to think or what to think or why just isn't exciting. Empathy doesn't stick if you tell somebody to be empathetic. Showing is key.
Stories move people to action, and engaging content is SO important for kids today.
Plus, in a world of ads and messages screaming at us, taking out the words is just kinda refreshing.
See for yourself:
"What is the age range for the content? What grade levels?"
We design our content for audiences of all ages (even adults), especially if you use the content to focus on your SEL and Global Competence goals. If you want to teach specific math and literacy concepts using these resources, we have aligned to Grades 1-6 so far. That said, many teachers find that it's easy to adapt the concepts from current stories to fit their grade level needs. Breaking it down a bit more:
Our SEL / Global Learning content is intentionally designed for all ages.
We've seen teachers and students engaging with this content all the way down to age 3, and all the way up to college. We've even seen organizations and companies use the content for leadership retreats and trainings.
Our academic alignment within this library of content (math and literacy so far) is tailored to Grades 1-6 at the moment.
So if you want to teach fractions or decimals or ratios aligned to your grade level, the lessons and stories we've designed to help you do so are tailored towards a Grades 1-6 audience. It's a pretty quick fix for most teachers we work with to adapt a question here and there to fit it to their grade level for math and literacy, though. For them, they're more excited about having the stories as a base to work from.
There's so much more ahead:
We're working on raising the funding to grow our resource bank all the way from ages 2-18 for math, literacy, and other core subjects, too. First we'll focus on K-8, and then expand outwards. This will mean we will all have access to stories that have adapted math or literacy goals based on a teacher's needs, and it will also mean many more stories from all over the world to diversify the places and topics that can be a focus while learning any academic topic. Math, Literacy, Science, you name it. All in any region of the world, focused on any important topic, with tons of different ways to meet the same or different people from the stories over the years.
Together, we'll get there! And if you know a magical vision-aligned funder who'd love to help along the way, let's connect! firstname.lastname@example.org :)
Aren't videos a passive way of learning?"
We wondered that at first, too. Research and testing/experiences showed us another way.
What makes these videos unique is that they're wordless. When they're wordless, they spark curiosity. When curiosity is sparked about people and cultures, it creates a great space for curiosity to grow about the people within the same classroom.
And as that happens more and more, not only do students begin to wonder and inference about the content they're seeing -- they begin to wonder and ask about the people in the room. It's active learning in every way.
"How much do these resources cost?"
That's up to you!
Learn more about Our Pricing Philosophy.
We have a standard fee for each type of plan, and then any amount you give over the standard fee is a tax-deductible contribution to Reweave ("Better World Ed"), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. We deeply value donations to help balance out the cost of creating these resources, supporting our platform fees, getting into classrooms to film and observe to better our content, and to support educators in our network.
You can also SPONSOR an educator or school you care about!
PS - when you sign up, you get a cool map like the one below to find content on! :)
"What Resources Are Included When I Join? Is there PD?"
We share more on this on our "About Our Content" page, and also a bit here below.
On PDs, it's something we're exploring case by case for now.
We are a small team with limited resources, so getting to every corner of the country and world -- while thrilling -- is a bit complex to figure out financially. When schools or districts are able to host us and contribute an additional fee for this, it's something we're definitely open to and excited about. Email abhi at email@example.com to connect on this anytime.
Here's more on the content library you'll get!
Weaving Videos And Stories With Academic Concepts
We build friendly one page lesson idea sheets (look to the left, to the left) about each story and video that help you engage your class and meet your academic goals.
Real world problem solving that helps us understand new perspectives
while learning math and literacy!
Each video is paired with 3-4 stories about the person's family, backstory, and work.
Here we begin to challenge our assumptions, and we begin to further understand a new person's unique perspective.
We all know it's healthy to flex our empathy muscles.
This is how we do it.
The best part? Everyone we make stories about is pumped about youth becoming more empathetic, globally aware people!
Ignite And Fuel Curiosity In An Exciting, Engaging Way
When we sit down at a meeting or walk into class, there is no voiceover telling us who other people are, what they're thinking, or what they're feeling. We have to wonder. We have to engage. Yet too often we make a judgment — about other people, cultures, and ways of life — instead of remaining curious. This judgment and prejudice starts by age 3, before most kids can even read. Wordless videos can help us value and act on our curiosity about other people, perspectives, and ways of life early in life and every day.
Global Literacy Deep Dives
Zooming Out To Learn About Global Systems And Our Interconnectedness
In the "Global Literacy Deep Dives", you'll find:
1) curated videos and quick quizzes;
2) big thematic questions, ideas, and mini social enterprise case studies to guide exploration, discussion, and action steps;
3) an overview of the core purpose of each topic and the interconnections between topics and our human stories.
These are great resources to leverage when you're ready to learn more about global systems after using a BeWE Learning Kit. When students share they want to lead change, this is a great place to go to learn more about the world before and during those students engage. It's not just about taking action -- we have to understand our ecosystem with our minds and hearts if we want to be as effective as possible.
See betterworlded.org/pricing to learn more about what each plan comes with.
"What do you mean by global literacy and global understanding?"
When we think about literacy, we are thinking of not just "learning to read", but "reading to learn".
It's like a step beyond competence. Let's think of it as fluency.
Thinking critically about everything in us and around us. Thinking about what's inside, not just what's on the surface -- of people, things, products, services, cultures, messaging, etc.
We think of global literacy as a journey, not an end.
Not just learning about the world as a finite process, but continually seeking new understanding in a way that enables us to effectively connect with one another in a rapidly-adapting world.
To develop the ability to think critically about our interconnectedness, our interdependence, our complex local and global systems, and our future as a species on this planet (and maybe beyond).
The problem solving featured throughout our learning kits supports this kind of learning in a natural way, similar to when people talk about building entrepreneurial skills.
"What do you mean by empathy?"
We think of empathy as the journey of understanding the unique perspectives and qualities and feelings and dreams and desires and challenges of ourselves and one another. What makes us uniquely complex and beautiful? What inextricably connects us? What are we feeling? What are we thinking?
It's more than stepping into the shoes of another. It's stepping into the hearts, the heads, the eyes.. you know, everything!
In a way, it's like mindfulness at three levels at once: personal, interpersonal, and collective.
Empathy is the challenging practice of keeping our curiosity and wonder alive and kicking. (Tweet!)
The problem solving featured throughout our learning kits supports this kind of learning in a natural way.
"What about Creativity? Collaboration? Grit? Curiosity? Growth Mindset?
Don't these matter?!"
All of these practices, values, and mindsets matter SO much.
The BeWE Learning Kits (stories, videos, and lesson plans) are designed in a way to bring about the practice of all the things that make humans beautiful and amazing.
The toolkit is designed around the lives, experiences, and perspectives of unique humans around the world. So every value, character trait, competency, and practice finds its way seamlessly into the curriculum just like these values and character traits find their way into the people we meet in our lives. Through going on this global journey as students, we are able to learn about each value/trait in action in someone's life, and then we can reflect and evaluate how that connects with our lives and other students' lives.
When schools sign up, they can see how we tag those values and mindsets to make lesson plans easier to locate not just by academic topic, but by SEL/character focuses as well.
Hear Dr. Tony Wagner share his perspective on all of the above:
"How Can We Get Started Today?"
There are so many ways educators are using these resources in their classrooms. We encourage you to browse around the spreadsheet that we share once you sign up on the site -- this spreadsheet has a ton of resources to expand on those shared in the "Global SEL Videos & Stories" section of this site.
We're also beginning to put together videos showcasing different use cases.
Here is an example below:
"Isn't this mission a bit risky?"
Okay, so this question isn't frequent.
But it's something we'd like to address as we've heard it enough times.
Sometimes people ask about the risks of teaching kids empathy and global literacy from a young age. About helping youth care about learning about themselves and each other in a deeply curious, wonder-filled way.
We didn't expect this, and have been thrown off by that question before. "Risk" isn't the word that comes to mind for us. It's fascinating though, because this question speaks to how differently we all can see the world.
It has been a powerful and challenging exercise in practicing empathy to think about this question!
Regardless of where the question comes from, it indeed is asked sometimes:
"But wait, what happens when millions of people are aware and globally literate and empathetic, compassionate beings? Couldn't that shift our social construct in huge, unpredictable ways?"
Well, yes. It could.
And though there's no proof that it will, we damn well hope it does.
The story of our world could use a beautiful new chapter right about now.
To us, the risk is in what comes if kids don't grow up this way.
"Who else does work like this? Are there other organizations doing what Better World Ed does? What's your competitive advantage?"
There are many organizations that focus on Social & Emotional Learning.
Here are some examples from CASEL as a primer to learn more about this! We also name some organizations in our Education and Teaching modules from our Global Literacy Deep Dives (which teachers get when signed up for a plan), and will be adding many more as we grow this year.
There are also a lot of organizations focused on non-cognitive skills, character development, 21st century skills, global learning, mindfulness, experiential learning, project based learning, and many other concepts that help to broaden the focus of school beyond strictly focusing on academic skills, outcomes, and test scores.
We deeply respect Facing History and Ourselves, Teaching Tolerance, and EL Education to name a few.
You know, it's always a bit hard to answer this set of questions, as we don't see anyone in this landscape as a competitor. It's just nearly impossible to feel that way. We're all working towards building a more empathetic, kind, mindful, critically aware, creative, collaborative humanity.
That said, there's a reason we registered an organization and dug into this work many years ago.
Integrating global, social, emotional, and academic learning in a captivating, real-world, and globally adaptive way is HARD, and we couldn't find anyone obsessing over this challenge day in and day out.
A teacher told us, "these stories are just dope!" -- that's what we're going for.
We obsess over this stuff because we are here to captivate. To raise the bar. To make SEL not only integrated with academic learning, but something people feel they can't live without.
So here we are trying our best to pull this vision off alongside students, teachers, school leaders, and other organizations in our landscape. We share learnings, we hear what others are experiencing, and we keep striving to iterate our wordless global content to make Global SEL both possible and captivating for everyone -- early in life, every day, and everywhere.
We think of Better World Ed sort of like a Global SEL R&D team. We'd love to someday be the Global SEL battery under the hood of every classroom, school, district, and education org looking for globally adaptive, real world experiences that get kids excited to lead change in their lives and our communities.
In short, we want to be the back end for this movement, while you (teachers, parents, schools, students, and, well, everybody) lead forward the learning experiences. You're out there bringing SEL to life, and we're here to make that experience super-duper-awesome in a way words can't even describe.
Together, we can help youth execute on Lao Tzu's advice: “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” WE got this, humans. Let's help youth learn that early in life.
We hope you'll join us on the amazing journey that lies ahead. We've got your back as you bring SEL to life.
"How does this cross-disciplinary content fit with our largely compartmentalized school system?"
We're striving to make this content adaptive so that it can work in both cross-disciplinary exploration of subjects as well as silo-ed exploration of subjects. That's to say we are making an effort to create lesson plans that give teachers the flexibility to fit this in regardless of what kind of school they're in.
The stories we create that pair with our videos have sections of green text in them. Those are questions we ask the audience. Youth often explore those questions in class with their teacher, and each green section has some kind of math, reading, writing, or communication prompt. Those prompts also often require a level of deeper thinking around the person's situation to figure out what that person might be feeling or thinking, and the prompts also vary in academic focus from section to section. You might see a math problem followed by a discussion prompt in the same page, for example.
This lends itself well to cross disciplinary exploration of our world. After all, when we live our lives there is no block of time where we are only thinking about math or about verbal communication in a silo.
Not every teacher and school has the opportunity to be teaching in this way, though. We have a rigid structure in most schools around the world, and so we're striving to adapt to make sure we can meet these needs. We don't want game-changing storytelling and heart-mind opening to be limited to a select few schools.
As we grow, you'll see more and more in our stories that we're incorporating more clarity for a teacher around how various aspects of the stories can be used for their specific subject. We're also going to be designing more lesson plans that are subject specific, so that the same story has a math lesson plan, a literacy lesson plan, a strictly-SEL lesson plan, and so forth. Over time, we'll be extending this beyond the classroom: we'll have stories that tie to workplace lesson plans and dinner-table lesson plans as well.
At betterworlded.org/try we share more about how all of this works, too! And below you can hear Sue, an amazing teacher and district leader in our community, share more on how this can be a resource to make a class like math more cross-disciplinary!
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You own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to all trademark, trade secret, copyright, or other proprietary, privacy, and publicity rights in and to your User Content and any other works that you incorporate into your User Content, and all the rights necessary to grant the licenses and permissions you grant hereunder;
Use of your User Content in the manners contemplated in the Agreement shall not violate or misappropriate the intellectual property, privacy, publicity, contractual, or other rights of any third party; and
You shall not submit to the Services any User Content that violates our community guidelines set forth above.
(b) You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold us and our officers, directors, employees, successors, licensees, and assign harmless from and against any claims, actions, or demands, including, without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, arising or resulting from: (i) your breach of the Agreement; (ii) your access to, use, or misuse of Content, User Content, or the Services, and (iii) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation any copyright, trademark, property, or privacy right. We shall provide notice to you of any such claim, suit, or proceeding and shall assist you, at your expense, in defending any such claim, suit, or proceeding. We reserve the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter that is subject to indemnification under this section. In such case, you agree to cooperate with any reasonable requests assisting our defense of such matter.
12. Compliance With Applicable Laws
The Services are based in the United States and intended for use in the United States. We make no claims concerning whether Content and/or User Content may be downloaded, viewed, or be appropriate for use outside of the United States. If you access the Services, Content, or User Content from outside of the United States, you do so at your own risk. Whether inside or outside of the United States, you are solely responsible for ensuring compliance with the laws of your specific jurisdiction.
13. Termination of the Agreement
We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to restrict, suspend, or terminate the Agreement and your access to all or any part of the Services, at any time and for any reason without prior notice or liability. We reserve the right to change, suspend, or discontinue all or any part of the Services at any time without prior notice or liability.
14. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Better World Ed respects the intellectual property rights of others and attempts to comply with all relevant laws. We will review all claims of copyright infringement received and remove any Content or User Content deemed to have been posted or distributed in violation of any such laws.
Our designated agent under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (the "Act") for the receipt of any Notification of Claimed Infringement which may be given under the Act is as follows:
81 Beachridge Drive
East Amherst, NY 14051
If you believe that your work has been copied on the Services in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide our agent with notice in accordance with the requirements of the Act, including (i) a description of the copyrighted work that has been infringed and the specific location on the Services where such work is located; (ii) a description of the location of the original or an authorized copy of the copyrighted work; (iii) your address, telephone number and e-mail address; (iv) a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; (v) a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf; and (vi) an electronic or physical signature of the owner of the copyright or the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest.
August 1, 2018
This policy describes what personal information we collect and how we use it.
Acceptance of Terms
The Information We Collect
Better World Ed collects information when you visit our website, subscribe, edit your account information, or use features on the platform. Some of this information is technical information automatically logged by our servers. Outlined below are the types of information, both directly from you and indirectly through the collection of information by third-party service providers (together, “Partners”) that we specifically collect.
You authorize us to use, store and otherwise process any personal information which relates to and identifies you, including (but not limited to) your name and address, to the extent reasonably necessary to provide the services which are available through our website, our Partners, successors, assignees, associates, sub-contractors, or other third parties.
1. Personal Information ("Personal Information")
Examples of different purposes for which we may collect Personal Information include, but are not limited to:
The registration process for Registered Users;
Use of areas of the Better World Ed website, in which you may be asked to provide certain information about yourself, such as your name, mailing address, e-mail address, username and password, falling under the registration process for Registered Users (“Registration Process”);
Surveys. Periodically, Better World Ed may invite you to participate in completing online surveys. If you have created a Better World Ed account, information we collect from these surveys may be associated with you personally;
Contact you regarding your donation(s), as to the quality of the service, as well as any potential errors that may have occurred;
Voluntary submissions to Better World Ed requesting information about our products and services, signing up to receive information from us, or sending us an e-mail;
E-mail subscriptions. Better World Ed may also compile a subscription list to which you voluntarily submit your name, mailing address, and/or email address. The purpose of such a subscription list would be to send you periodic updates to subscribers on matters of interest, provided you will have the ability to opt out of further communications in accordance with procedures described in each such update.
2. Non-Personal/Other Information
In addition to the Personal Information, we and our Partners may collect additional information that does not personally identify you (“Other Information”). Other Information may include information collected:
a. From Your Activity. Information that we or our Partners may automatically collect when you visit, access, and/or use the Platform, including, but not limited to your IP address, Internet service provider, browser type and language, referring and exit pages and URLs, date and time, amount of time spent on particular pages, which sections of the Better World Ed or Partner website you visit, number of links you click while on the Platform, search terms, operating system, general geographic location, and technical information about your mobile device.
c. Do Not Track (“DNT”). Better World Ed assumes no responsibility for responding to “Do Not Track” web browser signals. Consult external website polices regarding their responses to DNT signals.
Partners include, but are not limited to:
Google Analytics collects information anonymously. It reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. You can opt out of Google Analytics without affecting how you visit our site – for more information on opting out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you use, visit this Google page.
b. Classy. https://www.classy.org/terms/privacy
e. From You. You are considered a Partner through the information that you voluntarily provide to us that does not identify you personally.
The Information Collected by or Through Third-Party Advertising Companies
Search Engines and Other Sites
Search engines and other sites not affiliated with Better World Ed, such as archive.org or google.com, may crawl the Site and make available to the public publicly-available content and postings from the site. The Site may also contain links to other websites. Better World Ed is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites. Better World Ed encourages its visitors and users to be aware of such search engines and other sites when they leave the Site and to read the privacy statement of each website they visit.
How We Use and Share the Information
We use Personal Information and Other Information to provide you Services, process your donations, solicit your feedback, inform you about our products and services, personalize communications and fundraising appeals that we believe will be of interest to you, and to improve our Services to you.
We may also use and/or share Personal Information, Other Information, and User Content as described below:
All of your User Content on the Platform that you voluntarily submit will be publicly viewable and shareable by other users within the Platform.
We may employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf. Examples may include providing technical assistance and customer service. These other companies will have access to Personal Information and Other Information only as necessary to perform their functions and to the extent permitted by law.
In an ongoing effort to better understand visitors to our site and our products and services, we may analyze Other Information in aggregate form in order to operate, maintain, manage, and improve our products and services. This aggregate information does not identify individuals personally. We may share this aggregate data with our affiliates, agents, and business partners. We may also disclose aggregated user statistics in order to describe our products and services to current and prospective business partners and to other third parties for other lawful purposes.
We may share some or all of the Personal Information and Other Information with any of our parent companies, subsidiaries, or other companies under common control with us.
As we develop our businesses, we might sell or buy businesses or assets. In the event of a corporate sale, merger, reorganization, sale of assets, dissolution, or similar event, the Personal Information and Other Information may be part of the transferred assets.
To the extent permitted by law, we may also disclose the Personal Information and the Other Information: (i) when required by law, court order, or other government or law enforcement authority or regulatory agency; or (ii) whenever we believe that disclosing such information is necessary or advisable, for example, to protect the rights, property, or safety of Better World Ed or others.
Accessing and Modifying Information and Communication Preferences
Upon request, Better World Ed will grant individuals reasonable access to Personal Information that we and our agents hold about them. For example, visitors to the Platform who have provided Personal Information to us may review and/or make changes to the same by contacting Better World Ed. In addition, individuals may manage their receipt of marketing communications by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link located on the bottom of any Better World Ed marketing e-mail or by following the instructions found on the Platform. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to process such requests in a timely manner. You should be aware, however, that it is not always possible to completely remove or modify information in our subscription databases.
How We Protect the Information
We take commercially reasonable steps to protect Personal Information and Other Information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. Please understand, however, that no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our databases, nor can we guarantee that the information that you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to and from us over the Internet. In particular, e-mail sent to or from the Platform may not be secure, and you should, therefore, take special care in deciding what information you send to us via e-mail.
Important Notices to Non-U.S. Residents
Links to External Websites
It is Better World Ed's policy not to disclose any personal information we collect to third parties for direct marketing purposes under any circumstances. However, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 requires that all California residents be afforded the option to exercise your choice of whether your personal information may be shared with third parties for direct marketing purposes or not, as well as to receive information specified in the statute if your personal information is disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes. Accordingly, if you are a California resident and you wish to inform Better World Ed whether you permit or refuse the sharing of your personal information with third parties for direct marketing purposes, or if you wish to request certain information if your personal information were to be disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes, please contact us as described in the “How to Contact Us” section below.
How to Contact Us
Our intent is to promptly reply to every message we receive. This information is used to respond directly to your questions or comments. We also may file your comments to improve our services in the future.