This past November over 100 Georgetown staff at Perley Elementary School and Georgetown Middle High School were trained on the 40 Developmental Assets and how they can be used as a tool to enhance the school day experience.
Teachers were given the opportunity to look at the Georgetown data from the Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behavior Survey that was given to all students in grates 6-12 in November 2017. The data shows which of the 40 Developmental Assets are strong in Georgetown and which ones can be improved. The data was used as a jumping off point for discussion, helping to talk about what surprised them, what they had seen in the classroom, and question things that might not match their personal experience. The data is one of many tools that are used by the ECAB Network to help guide communities to supports and programs that are a good fit for youth. It is only one piece of the puzzle.
Staff were also given the opportunity to brainstorm about how the 40 Assets can supplement the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) work already taking place in their classrooms. The Assets overlap well with the SEL approach, with both frameworks identifying Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision-Making as integral skills for youth to develop in order to be successful. The Assets merely provide a common language that school administration, teachers, parents and community members can all share so youth are hearing a consistent message whether they are in school, at home, or at the library, for example. The Assets can help build a strong sense of community, and bring people who care about youth together, to increase collaborations and supports for youth.