Thanks to the generosity of a grant from the Westlake Academy Foundation in 2019, Westlake Academy Counseling is able to implement the Character Strong Curriculum for students in K-12 throughout the year. Character Strong focuses on fostering the Whole Child with age-appropriate, vertically-aligned lessons that teach SEL and character lessons, side-by-side. The topics directly link to the IB Learner Profile traits and ATL skills. SEL Competencies covered include: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making. Character Development lessons include: Patience, Kindness, Honesty, Respect, Selflessness, Forgiveness, Commitment, Humility.
The ADL’s No Place for Hate ® initiative is a school climate improvement framework that provides K-12 schools with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, which leads to long-term solutions to foster and maintain a positive climate. Westlake Academy Counseling will initiate a Kindness Council to establish 3 school wide initiatives that send a clear, unified message that Westlake Academy is an inclusive and safe environment for students. Anti-bias lessons from ADL’s curriculum will also be implemented throughout the year in K-12 to help students advocate for each other’s differences and challenge bullying, racism, and other forms of hatred.
Westlake Academy Counseling, with the support of the Westlake Academy Foundation, the HOC, and the Town of Westlake was able to host airings of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital World and Screenagers: the Next Chapter at Harkins Theater in Southlake. Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston has created these documentaries that reveal how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can help youth best navigate the digital world and find balance. Westlake Academy Counseling hopes to share the documentaries at different forums in the years to come to continue a community dialogue between all stakeholders of how we help our youth navigate this digital age with healthy boundaries and digital citizenship. Follow Delaney Ruston’s Tech Talk Tuesday for up-to-date-relevant information to manage screen time.