The school year is well underway and there’s no better time to talk about some of what’s going on in our school district. I’ve spent the past month attending several events that highlight many of the amazing things that are happening in the Blue Valley School District to support our kids.
Probably the biggest and most important initiative that the Blue Valley School District has rolled out in the past year is the one having to do with mental health and well-being. When the Blue Valley School Board and district leaders decided to turn their attention to “educating the whole child” by focusing on social and emotional learning (in addition to academics) they acknowledged that today’s student is living in a very different environment. This environment is more complex than ever before and while academics still need to be at the fore-front of a student’s learning, students cannot reach their full potential without specific social and emotional skills: Self-awareness, self-management, decision-making, relationship skills, and social awareness (i.e. empathy of others). As a communication scholar myself, I am thrilled with the direction the district has taken! These core communication competencies are at the root of our daily success, whether it’s at work or play or home.
Joy has blogged extensively about her experience and activities during the legislative session.