Early childhood is a critical moment to cultivate children’s SEC, especially for those living in poverty and with delayed socio-emotional development. This hinges on educators’ own SEC and well-being; an adult who models and teaches these skills can promote a nurturing learning environment and the development of children’s SEC, which serve as protective factors for children now and in the future.
EW, AtentaMente’s proprietary curriculum, consists of three components.
1) A rigorous professional development program that uses a blended learning approach - synchronous sessions, a self-paced online course and a mobile app - to train educators to understand and practice SEC in their lives and classrooms and improve their own well-being.
2) An SEL curriculum for students, which embeds both explicit instruction and the practice of targeted skills into daily activities.
3) Leadership training that builds local capacity to ensure culturally and contextually relevant SEL implementation that enacts long-term systemic change.
EW has proven effective in improving outcomes in both educators and students. Results from pilot studies show positive changes in teachers’ SEC, stress and burnout, as well as improved students’ socio-emotional outcomes. RCTs conducted by the World Bank and the Center for Healthy Minds will publish results estimating the impact of EW in the following months.
Starting in 2018 with 1,000 school principals across seven states in Mexico, by 2022, EW had trained 16,508 educators, impacting an estimated 429,208 students across 11 states. It currently runs in 5 states, aiming for full coverage for early childhood educators.
EW has strengthened its capacity to scale, tripling instructors from 60 to 180 in four years and working with hybrid and all-virtual delivery in close collaboration with local Ministries of Education.
In the next 2-3 years, EW aims to reach 50,000+ pre-primary and lower elementary school educators across Mexico and establish a core group of 50-200 leader educators per state to ensure SEL systemic implementation and sustainability. Looking forward, we aim to expand SEC to the adult network supporting children ages 1 through 6.
We’re always looking for partners to expand and fund our programs in Mexico and the world.
Interested in adapting EW to fit the needs of your specific context? Email our Director at email@example.com.
We look forward to working with you in supporting more educators to cultivate their wellbeing, promote nurturing learning environments for students and embed SEL within their education system.