With this newly launched curriculum, the organization uses its hope-driven emotional intelligence curriculum, called “My Best Me”, to teach middle schoolers essential psycho-social skills that improve behavior and performance in the classroom and beyond. Educators using “My Best Me” have reported a 68% reduction in suspension and expulsion rates, an 81% lower dropout rate, and a 44% lower occurrence of chronic absenteeism.
Interested parties can learn more at https://info.hoperisingedu.com/emotional-intelligence/curriculumsample
Hope Rising expects its new EI curriculum, “My Best Me”, will continue its proven trend of improving grade averages and increasing graduation rates in middle school classrooms. The program centers around a simple three-step system of setting goals based on personal strengths, designing a clear path to attaining those goals, and cultivating the willpower needed to achieve them.
Feelings of hopelessness, depression, and anxiety have been on the rise for adolescents in recent years. Middle-school-aged students are at particularly high risk for these issues, partially due to the rush of new hormones the body experiences during this stage of development. Studies also show that this risk is further exacerbated by constant social media exposure, isolation, and a lack of physical activity.
Being aware of these trends, Hope Rising has developed “My Best Me” to teach middle schoolers how to be hopeful and use positive thinking to improve their behavior, academics, and relationships. The curriculum’s three-step goal achievement method is utilized throughout its five core concepts: identity, health, community, economy, and external environment.
The curriculum envisions student practice working in teams to help build collaboration and interpersonal skills. “My Best Me” also dedicates time to students’ emotional and creative expression, allowing them to sort through complex emotions and develop a more stable understanding of their identities, strengths, and role in relationships.
About Hope Rising
Hope Rising is an educational curriculum developer dedicated to providing schools and educators with the specialized tools they need to foster social-emotional intelligence in their classrooms. The organization’s award-winning EI curriculum, “My Best Me”, was authored by a team of emotional intelligence experts, early childhood education specialists, and education professionals from around the world. In partnership with York University, the organization also offers Master of Arts in Education and Master of Arts in Organizational and Global Leadership programs.
“In increasing numbers, educators are seeing more children exposed to adversity, stress, and trauma,” said one spokesperson for the organization. “When you nurture hope in students, you change the trajectory from despair to thriving. The results echo throughout the campus. Higher hope equates to academic improvement, emotional livelihood, decreased drop-outs, and thriving teachers.”
Interested parties can learn more and view a sample of Hope Rising’s “My Best Me” curriculum by visiting https://info.hoperisingedu.com/
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