Pro-social Learning Environments

We are committed to creating safe, purposeful, and powerful learning environments where every child has the opportunity to think critically, create, collaborate and contribute.

To fulfill this commitment, our classrooms are being designed with pro-social research in mind, meaning  teachers are supportive advocates and multi-age students are inspired, sympathetic, and care about one another and their teacher as they collectively work together to solve challenging problems.

Students with well-developed social emotional skills spend more time on task and more time helping others, resulting in a decrease in negative behaviour and significant increases in learning opportunities and academic achievement. In pro-social environments, the five key components of social and emotional learning (see below) are interwoven into all areas of intellectual and academic development.

We’ve adopted this approach to instruction based on two decades of research, showing an inextricable link between social emotional competence and school success. Highlights of the research indicate:

  • Students are happier
  • Increases in academic achievement
  • Decreases in dropout rates, school and classroom behavior issues, drug use, teen pregnancy, mental health problems, and criminal behavior

Research-based tools, such as effective discipline, building pro-social habits, developing positive relationships, modeling good coping strategies — are all practices that our teachers include in their regular classroom instruction to enhance the social emotional learning of each student.