The Social Institute announced an enhanced offering to its current #WinAtSocial curriculum, providing schools nationwide with remote, real-time advisory sessions that support students’ social-emotional health, well-being, and executive functioning skills during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new offering, called #WinAtSocial LIVE, was created in conjunction with student leaders across the country and The Social Institute’s Research Advisory Committee, a group of psychologists, mental health specialists, and social-emotional learning experts.
“It’s so important for mental health experts and educators to come together right now, but I think it’s even more critical to hear directly from students — how they are coping, what’s on their minds, and how we can best support them.” said Nancy Watson, LCSW, CADC and school social worker at Lake Forest Country Day School. “That’s been the approach from The Social Institute, and #WinAtSocial LIVE is the culmination of those findings.”
#WinAtSocial LIVE will be available to schools beginning Tuesday, April 14th. For each week moving forward, LIVE will provide real-time, relevant discussion prompts that encourage students to open up about pandemic-related topics and concerns, build executive functioning skills for remote learning, and actively move during advisory.
With the goal of supporting schools and communities during this challenging time, The Social Institute is providing current partner schools with full complimentary access to #WinAtSocial LIVE. Schools who would like to partner with The Social Institute and use #WinAtSocial LIVE are encouraged to attend an upcoming webinar to learn about the program and discounted school rates that TSI is offering during the pandemic.
“We have been in close contact with students, faculty, and parents over the last several weeks,” said Founder and CEO Laura Tierney. “Faculty are fatigued from transitioning to remote learning, students are tired and stressed from sitting in front of screens for most of their school day, and parents are seeking guidance on how to support their children’s social-emotional health through this pandemic. This enhanced offering is designed to address and remedy all of these issues.”
#WinAtSocial LIVE will actively engage students in self-reflection about how to stay mentally healthy, as well as leverage design thinking to help their school create the best spring possible. Turnkey, relevant discussion prompts will also save advisors time and enable faculty to navigate important, challenging conversations with students.
Example #WinAtSocial LIVE discussion topics include:
- Enhancing your school’s spring semester through the positive impact of technology
- Analyzing society’s positive, adapting responses to COVID-19
- Controlling the controllable while navigating stressful situations
- Designing your self-care strategy by identifying one thing you need every day to make you happy
- Discussing the fear of missing out while friends are continuing to hang out in person
After each virtual classroom discussion, students will have Family Discussion Prompts to continue the conversation at home and share their takeaways with family members. “Students are truly the experts when it comes to using social media and technology to stay connected, which has never been more important. This is a chance for them to “coach up” and share positive best-practices and inspiring ideas with the adults in their lives,” said Tierney.
Aligning with the theme of each week’s LIVE lesson, The Social Institute will utilize Instagram to spotlight Student Mentors who will share tips, ideas, and advice to navigate the pandemic in healthy, positive ways.
Schools interested in using #WinAtSocial LIVE with their school community can attend an upcoming free webinar with Founder and CEO Laura Tierney to learn more.