Social Emotional Learning
Hawthorn District 73 is committed to creating an environment where students and staff are supported. Teachers weave social emotional learning skills into the curriculum on a daily basis. There is also instructional time allocated to focus on student learning aligned with the State of Illinois Social and Emotional Standards.
Elementary Social Emotional Learning
Hawthorn uses Second Step to explicitly teach social emotional skills in four areas: learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving. Collaborative lessons build a sense of classroom community, and foster students' strong relationships with both peers and staff.
Middle School Social Emotional Learning
Students from relationships with trusted staff members and peers through participation in the middle school advisory program. Social emotional skills like social awareness, relationship building, responsible decision-making, and conflict resolution are taught during weekly lessons.
The Hawthorn staff is committed to ensuring the success of the whole child by providing comprehensive approaches and programming grounded in the belief that each child deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Hawthorn utilizes g Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to promote whole child success. This system has several key components, including:
- Students are explicitly taught our school-wide behavior expectations through lesson plans called “Cool Tools.” Expectations reflect the importance of all students SOARing (Safe, On-task, Act Responsibly, Respect).
- Expectations are reinforced frequently using our “Eagle Bucks.”
- School staff provide support when students demonstrate the need for additional learning of our expected behaviors.