UPstander Experience: SEL Program Overview

Group size:  Maximum 36 students

Visit Length:  4 hours (including lunch)

Admission: Admission is charged per student. There is no cost for teachers, school counselors, other educators or adult chaperones.

Post-Visit Resources: Kidsbridge provides a curriculum area for teachers. Please bring your phone to photograph lesson plans, information for parents and care-givers, and other resources to reinforce and extend the content presented during your visit.  (Hard copies of materials are available free upon request.)

SEL Program Overview

Morning: Icebreaker/greeting
Small group activities, or station rotations (described below)

Lunch: College Panel question and answer session (dependent upon TCNJ student availability)

Afternoon: Action Plans – Students will identify problems in their school or community and work in small groups to draft an “action plan” on the cause of their choice. Examples of real young change makers are used to show a range approaches to educating or helping others.

Morning Activities (small group rotations)

tim_boys-presenting-action-plansYour group will participate in 5 small group activities before lunch. The following 4 sessions are foundational to the objectives of the Kidsbridge curriculum.  You will select a fifth activity from the “Additional Sessions” list and designate it on the booking form.

All programs include the following sessions:

    1. Bias Awareness
      Play the “Problem or Not” game to become a bias detective.
      Refine your understanding of stereotypes and practice empathy.
    2. Gender & LGBTQ Issues
      cinnaminson-3Explore assumptions and clarify misunderstandings about all things “gender.” (Game)
      Assess your school climate for LGBT students and families.
      Note:  Our emphasis is always on feelings, diverse families and respect for all people. We do not discuss the physical side of human sexuality.
    3. Managing Feelings
      Practice self-compassion, stress reduction and self-control through movement and mindfulness. These techniques can be used at anytime or anyplace.
    4. Cyber Issues
      What does your online profile look like?
      Examine the habits, motivators and pitfalls on social media that may result in problems for you.

Additional Sessions (please choose one and designate it on the booking form):

  • Media Literacy
    DarfurUtilize excerpts from television and magazines to examine the implications of exclusion, meanness and stereotypes in media.
  • Genocide / Darfur
    Review the concept and history of genocide.
    Practice empathy through contemplation of children’s experience (uses childrens’ drawings from Darfur).
    Learn how to support affected people and advocate to prevent genocide in the future.
  • Religious Diversity
    Explore commonalities among the worlds faith and wisdom traditions.
    This sessioin highlights the universality of the Golden Rule.