June 9, 2020

Public Schools Team Up with The Social Institute to Provide Gamified, Positive Social-Emotional Learning to Students

JUNE 9, 2020: Durham, N.C. – The Social Institute today announced partnerships with two additional public schools and one public school district. Northview High School, Burgaw Middle School, and Lake Forest School District now join 60+ other schools and districts around the country to provide students with the world’s first-ever gamified curriculum addressing SEL, social media and technology: #WinAtSocial.

Northview Public Schools, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is rolling the curriculum out in its high school through a tiered approach, starting with 9th graders in year one, 10th graders in year two, and then offering the program schoolwide starting year three. 

“Employability skills, also known as soft skills, are invaluable for students as they move into their careers,” said Dr. Scott Korpak, Northview Public Schools Superintendent. “The Social Institute is leading the way in helping students develop these important skills, from social-emotional intelligence to social awareness of their actions online, and we’re thrilled to bring this comprehensive curriculum to our students.” 

Burgaw Middle School located in Burgaw, NC, will be rolling out the #WinAtSocial Curriculum to grades 6th through 8th, and will also host a Parent Webinar to educate parents on what students will learn through the year-round program.

Other SEL curriculums highlight the negatives of technology and focus on scare tactics,” said Jeffrey Swanson, principal at Burgaw Middle School. “We know social media and technology are here to stay, and we appreciate The Social Institute’s unique approach of empowering students to make high character, positive choices when they use technology in any context, even if they lack a phone or social media accounts.”

Lake Forest Schools located in Lake Forest, IL, will be rolling out #WinAtSocial Curriculum for grades 5th through 8th and will also host a Parent Webinar and Faculty Professional Development Webinar to introduce the program to their community.

“Our district’s vision is to be the model of excellence in education, and this program embodies excellence in social-emotional learning and character development. We appreciate how The Social Institute takes a holistic approach to support the social-emotional health of students, families, and educators,” said Renee Fitzsimmons, Director of Innovation for the district. “We are excited to roll out #WinAtSocial with our entire community.” 

Northview, Burgaw, and Lake Forest join Franklin Township District in Indiana and McDougle Middle School in N.C. in partnering with The Social Institute, along with dozens of independent schools across the country. Most institutions are embedding the SEL lessons, which can be delivered remotely or in-person, into homeroom, advisory, health class, or school assemblies. 

Staying connected to friends and teachers has become increasingly important during the pandemic. As public schools look for ways to engage students, TSI’s digital solution allows for immediate interaction and benefits students’ social and emotional health.

For more information or to schedule a demo, visit: www.TheSocialInstitute.com. 

About The Social Institute

The Social Institute partners with schools nationwide to empower students, parents, and educators to navigate social-emotional health, social media, and technology positively through comprehensive, gamified lessons that meet students on their level. We have partnered with forward-thinking institutions across the nation, including Ravenscroft School, Gaston Day School, Miss Porter’s School, Gilman School, Woodward Academy, U.S. Olympic athletes, Duke Men’s Basketball, ESPN, and others. For more information, contact us.