Social and Emotional Learning


Our mission is to maximize the use of resources in support of student achievement.


Social Awareness

Social awareness plays a large role in CMCSS students’ daily interactions. While all schools are acutely aware of cultural differences and celebrating diverse backgrounds, the high schools are actively engaged in conversations surrounding social awareness. 

Social awareness is simply the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. This includes the ability to understand broader historical and social contexts and norms for behaviors in different settings and to recognize family, school, and community supports for self and others.

CMCSS families can support social awareness with the following resources curated by the Lead Counselors.

Social Awareness Includes:

  • Taking others’ perspectives
  • Recognizing strengths in others
  • Demonstrating empathy & compassion
  • Showing concern for the feelings of others
  • Understanding & expressing gratitude
  • Identifying diverse social norms, including unjust ones
  • Recognizing situational demands & opportunities
  • Understanding the influences of organizations/systems of behavior

Taking Other's Perspectives

Perspective Taking goes beyond empathy and involves seeing things from another person’s point of view. For children, this emerges over time but needs to be encouraged.

Showing Concern for the Feelings of Others

Empathy is a foundation for acting ethically, for maintaining good relationships, for loving others, and for professional success.

Understanding and Expressing Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful practice for children and adults that helps shape perspective on the world.

Understanding the Influences on Organizations and Systems on Behavior

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