Educators and parents are all calling for more social emotional learning (SEL) resources to be included in every grade, as part of the educational curriculum for their children. SEL provides for a more comprehensive education—developing the whole student rather than focusing solely on academics. Research has shown that students who participate in SEL programs score higher academically and enjoy longer-term benefits as well. The Westchester Education Services team can help publishers and ed-tech providers to apply SEL concepts within their existing subject matter content or to develop new programs for every grade level.
Programs developed with SEL expertise, free from unintentional bias and sensitivity concerns, can revolutionize the educational experience and help students communicate, care for themselves and one another, and learn together more effectively. Westchester applies best practices in the development of your solutions.
We can help education content providers with:
- Blueprinting programs based on CASEL and state standards;
- Creating, editing, and reviewing printed and digital teacher guides;
- Creating animated videos (scriptwriting through production);
- Producing interactive online scenario-based games;
- Developing fictional passages with assessment items;
- Developing diverse student characters for program-wide storylines; and
- Vetting for bias, sensitivity, and cultural responsiveness across all materials.
We understand SEL. We recognize that many traditional curricula do not meet the needs of the whole child, often privileging academic learning over character growth. We understand how to develop materials that embody SEL concepts and engage students at multiple levels, drawing upon the best practices as defined by Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), a leader in SEL education.
We have trained resources. SEL projects are led by Megan Overman, Senior Supervising Editor, Literacy & SEL. Meg has led large-scale programs and her experience includes conceptualizing and blueprinting new products. Meg has an in-depth understanding of the CASEL guidelines and shared a recent blog post on this topic.
We develop exemplary products. We bring a collective and deep knowledge of trends, research, and educational experience to the work we produce. We’ve worked with companies like StrongMind to help incorporate SEL concepts into their platform, developed interactivity experiences for core subjects such as math and literacy, and provided social emotional learning review and analysis for existing content to identify gaps or areas for improvement.
Whether you need student or teacher materials, assessments, new SEL products, editorial reviews, art and design, or production, we have the full-service capabilities you can rely on. Contact us today to share your needs—we look forward to exploring how we can help you.