The Need for Social & Emotional Learning
Swing for Kids was founded on the idea that social and emotional learning is just as important as academic subjects. We empower kids in our program by cultivating the non-cognitive skills that help kids be successful both personally and academically in the future.
Research shows that explicitly teaching kids skills like self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsive decision making lead to positive outcomes. Our curriculum and instruction is rooted in cultivating these five competencies.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning found that explicit Social & Emotional instruction leads to the following:
- better academic performance: achievement scores an average of 11 percentile points higher than students who did not receive SEL instruction;
- improved attitudes and behaviors: greater motivation to learn, deeper commitment to school, increased time devoted to schoolwork, and better classroom behavior;
- fewer negative behaviors: decreased disruptive class behavior, noncompliance, aggression, delinquent acts, and disciplinary referrals; and
- reduced emotional distress: fewer reports of student depression, anxiety, stress, and social withdrawal.
Kids Need to Move!
In addition to directly teaching these social and emotional skills, Swing for Kids provides a chance for kids to move during the school day, which is also directly linked to higher academic achievement and increased ability to focus.
There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the positive impact of exercise on brain development and function – and therefore memory and learning throughout life. Exercise has the long-term effect of improving blood flow thereby improving the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. - The Inspired Educator
Under the pressure of standardized testing and rigorous common core standards, many schools are opting to reduce recess time and structured physical activity. Swing for Kids provides a much needed regular time to move during the day to help kids' brains.
Swing for Kids Teaches Cultural Heritage and American History
Swing for Kids is also very unique in that our curriculum is focused on one specific American art form: Jazz. Teaching kids about the history of Jazz raises students' understanding and appreciation of a music form widely recognized for its rich cultural heritage rooted in the African-American experience. Students also learn to appreciate the influence of Jazz on current popular music, like rock and hip-hop.
Three schools in New York that have implemented a comprehensive Jazz-focused curriculum saw two major outcomes:
Student confidence and engagement increased.
Student achievement improved.
Schools Can't Afford Not to have Swing for Kids
Swing for Kids is a vital program in our schools because of it's unique combination of explicitly teaching essential social and emotional skills, providing kids the much-needed opportunity to move throughout the school day, and focusing on the rich cultural heritage of Jazz music. Through our program, Kids gain the skills needed to be successful and are exposed to a lively and engaging part of American history.
Teachers and school leaders in our pilot programs love Swing for Kids! We help improve classroom culture by facilitating students to make connections between the skills taught in Swing for Kids sessions with their every day lives. Our supplemental enrichment lessons allow classroom teachers to take the Swing for Kids learning experience even further and use our content to engage and inspire kids in the classroom.
What are you waiting for? Get Swing for Kids in your school today!
How? Contact us to get the ball rolling!
- ASCD: The Need for Social and Emotional Learning
- The Inspired Educator: Get them moving! Physical Activity Improves Learning.
- CASEL: The Missing Piece: A National Teacher Survey on How Social and Emotional Learning Can Empower Children and Transform Schools
- CASEL: Outcomes Associated with the Five Competancies
- Edutopia: Social and Emotional Learning Research Review
- NPR: Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success
- Creativity Post: Let's Start Teaching the Skills that Matter Most
- Yogapeutics: Move to Think. Why Kids Need More Movement for Brain Function and What we can do About it.
- Scholastic: Learning with Jazz
- New York Times: Cultural Groups Nurture the Arts in Schools
- National Humanities Center: Jazz and the African American Literary Tradition
- York College: The Social Effects of Jazz