New Emotional Intelligence Curriculum Helps Students Learn Hope, Self-Awareness

At a time when mental health concerns are on the rise, the nonprofit Hope Rising is offering a Pre-K-12 curriculum that helps students develop coping skills in key areas that increase their emotional quotient.

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Developers of the “My Best Me” curriculum are offering free sample lessons specifically created for elementary, middle school, and high school students. The full course is designed to foster lifelong hope and resilience by educating youth on topics like identity, health, community, economics, and the environment.

Statistics show that students were struggling with mental health even before the pandemic, and the numbers have only grown worse, according to the Centers for Disease Control. At that time, 37 percent of youth suffered from poor mental health, according to CDC data. But in 2022, 44 percent said they experienced recurring sad, hopeless feelings within the previous 12 months. CDC experts recently recommended programs that promote social/emotional learning as a key tool to improving mental health.

In schools where the “My Best Me” program was used, administrators have seen higher grades and graduation rates, as well as reduced suspensions and dropout rates, according to data from Hope Rising. Materials equip students for success by teaching methods for goal setting, conflict resolution, teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving.

The nonprofit group supports teacher efforts to guide students through stress and trauma as they prepare them to navigate life’s challenges. Having hope for the future is a leading indicator of success, since it improves coping skills, drives positive relationships, and reinforces healthy adaptive behaviors.

“Hope is the belief that tomorrow will be better than today, and that you have the power to make it so,” a representative for the company said. “Research shows that hope is the answer for the student, classroom, district, and the community.”

The curriculum is available in both digital and hard copies and includes multimedia segments, collaborative exercises, parent summaries, and distance learning options.

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