Matt Allio

Learning at Trinity

As I’ve said before, there is a rhythm to the school year.

March, which places us just over 100 days into school, is an immersive time – well past the transitions of the Fall and before the reflections of Spring. We’re deep into the year – and it’s perfectly timed to one of our most important parent events of the academic year: Learning at Trinity. Each year, parents from both campuses come together for an important morning of discussion on a major school and faculty initiative.

Please join me on March 10th at 8:30 a.m. for “The Social-Emotional Continuum in Daily Practice.” Together, we’ll gather for conversation and activities about the essential components of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) at Trinity, and how it benefits our students.

Studies show that emotional intelligence can be almost twice as important to adults in their lives and careers as their IQs. And, we spend an extraordinary amount of time thinking about how kids learn in their first years in school. More is happening when children are young – socially, cognitively, emotionally – than at almost any other time in their lives. The neuroplasticity of the brain during this period – the ability for the brain to adapt to new stimuli – to rewire itself as necessary – is fascinating. New synapses grow through repetition and with a predictable sequence. This is why so many people want their children to learn a foreign language at this age.  If EQ may be twice as important to our children as IQ, shouldn’t we consider it, in a way, a language to learn as well?

At Trinity, it is essential that our students learn through experience and practice the ability to be self-aware, to self-manage, to lead when necessary, to balance constructive criticism, and be reflective and empathetic. As educators, we strongly believe in building this social-emotional intelligence. A focus on personal interaction, on relating to others – is core to absolutely everything we teach.

Through a combination of mixed media presentations, participatory demonstration lessons, and Q&A, Learning at Trinity will highlight our curricular scope and sequence, our partnership with the Institute for Social and Emotional Learning, and Trinity’s new initiative on Social and Emotional Learning. We will examine the neuroplasticity of the brain and the daily communication and behavioral habits that help foster mindful, balanced, engaged, students – as well as the adults and leaders they will become. 

At Trinity, social-emotional learning is part of every class we teach. In our partnership with the Institute of Social and Emotional Development, Trinity teachers deliver lessons in social and emotional learning that, over time, actually create new neural pathways and enable children, for example, to deal with conflict in a reflective way rather than reactive, relate well to others, be resilient when challenged, set and meet healthy goals, and choose the wisest actions. We want to see our students healthy, mindful, communicative engaged. And as adults, we want to see them able to work in diverse settings – leading with passion, inclusivity, and consideration. 

Learning at Trinity is one of the three major academic events for parents each year.  The other two are Back to School Night in September and the Celebration of Learning in May.  I hope to see you next Tuesday.

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