Charlotte Greniez, Director of Social Emotional Development and Wellbeing
Why did you create this innovation?
Navegar Seguro was developed to better address the social and emotional learning needs of children from 11 public schools in vulnerable districts in Bogotá, Colombia. Navegar Seguro has the purpose of helping students develop their SEL skills to manage the risks present in their environment, build positive relationships, and develop their life project.
How does your innovation work in practice?
Navegar Seguro includes 24 class sessions from kindergarten to 11th grade, adapted from the Step-By-Step WBG toolkit. Each session centers around one of the 18 SEL skills from our framework, with 6 additional sessions: three of them reinforce emotional awareness, empathy, and stress management by practicing mindfulness, two of them reinforce responsible decision making with an emphasis on caring about public goods and using social networks responsibly, and one of them reinforces self-concept and self-care of the own body. After a group of sessions is implemented, teachers carry out a self-assessment session, in which students (anonymously and autonomously) reflect on their SEL process and identify which skills they need to work on more. Following the belief that educators need to develop their own SEL skills to foster them in students, teachers and counselors also self-assess their SEL process and create an improvement plan for the skills they want to work on.
How has it been spreading?
Alianza Educativa has opened the possibility for other schools to implement Navegar Seguro within their classrooms. Anyone can download both the teachers’ and the students’ guidebooks for grades kindergarten to 11th grade by going to the Alianza Educativa website (https://alianzaeducativa.edu.co/navegar-seguro/).
Navegar Seguro has also been uploaded in Clic Socioemocional, a Colombian open use platform that hosts teaching resources for Latin American educators, designed to promote Social Emotional Learning. It can be found here: https://clicsocioemocional.com/?s=navegar+seguro
If I want to try it, what should I do?
You can go to the Alianza Educativa website, or the Clic Socioemocional website, and download the teacher and students guidebook. The teachers’ guidebook has a comprehensive explanation of the SEL skills framework used in the program, as well as a step-by-step guide for each session. Other SEL activities resources can be found here: shorturl.at/ptLS3
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