Not just for Black History Month! Teach the concept of social justice in your classroom year-round. To assist you, the competencies within the CASEL framework break down some of the skills required, including both social awareness and relationship skills.
CASEL defines social awareness as the ability to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts. Skills that support social awareness include feeling compassion, understanding different social norms, and identifying norms that seem unfair.
In addition to traditional healthy and supportive relationship goals, CASEL includes the ability to effectively navigate settings with diverse individuals and groups in their definition of relationship skills. Abilities that support relationship skills include clear communication, active listening, cooperation and collaboration, conflict negotiation, and navigating settings with different social and cultural demands.
You can support these skills, with help from UNICEF Kid Power and some of your students’ favorite superstars! We’re highlighting three special videos that include great social justice classroom ideas. The videos are designed to provide inspiration and actionable tasks—that your students can begin to implement today—to make the world of tomorrow more socially just.