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School Care Matters:           a podcast produced by students at Garrett High School featuring The School Care Team

The School Care Team partnered with students at Garrett High School in northeast Indiana to produce this podcast series. We offer our deepest gratitude and appreciation to GHS students Landon Davis, Marissa Presswood, Anthony Semons, and Dylan Smith, who wrote and played the theme music, designed a logo, recorded, and edited the audio.

EPISODE ONE: Introduction to the Competencies

In this episode, we introduce the Indiana Department of Education's (IDOE) seven social-emotional competencies, their benefits, and why they benefit students AND adults.

PROGRAM NOTE: Please excuse the few minor glitches, including periodic brief repetition of content, variations in volume, and a 1.5-minute missing audio portion in the first episode between 13:36-15:00. Thank you for your understanding as we support these emerging young professionals.

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Insight is not only essential for understanding one’s emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and values but is influenced by social systems and cultural identities. Gaining insight is an important skill for building self-confidence, self-esteem, and empathy for others. Insight helps students recognize their own strengths and areas of growth.

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EPISODE FIVE: Connection

This competency includes skills regarding building positive relationships, valuing multiple perspectives, creating a positive community, and practicing social responsibility.  Connection refers to the ability to have strong social awareness, giving students the ability to take the perspectives of others, and empathize with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.

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EPISODE TWO: Sensory Motor Integration

Sensory-Motor Integration is understanding how experiences and emotions can impact and manifest in the body.  Developing skills in sensory-motor integration is essential for ALL children regardless of experiences, strengths, and areas of need.

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EPISODE FOUR: Regulation

Regulation refers to the ability to recognize and manage one’s emotions. Regulation skills build positive self-control, positive self-discipline, and impulse control.  Updates to this competency include an emphasis on student agency and voice. Agency is about the student being the “agent” (or “person with an active role” in learning) rather than the teacher, which honors the identities, experiences, and preferences of all students. 

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EPISODE SIX: Collaboration

Collaboration refers to the ability to work well with others, including in the group and teamwork environment. Collaboration works to build positive communication and conflict management skills. It is about sharing power and spaces to navigate conflicts and honor the multiple perspectives and embodied experiences each person brings to the group.

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EPISODE SEVEN: Critical Thinking
Critical thinking includes one’s ability to reflect on problems in context, understand causes, and engage in critical inquiry to solve problems. It refers to the ability to make constructive choices and understand metacognitive strategies to enhance learning. Critical thinking skills build responsible decision-making, analytical, and critical inquiry skills which are necessary to approach learning from an innovative, creative, multicultural, and ethical lens. 

Mindset encourages students to examine multiple perspectives to acquire perseverance, self-discovery, and the ability to give and receive constructive feedback.  Mindset refers to the ability to demonstrate cognitive flexibility and a willingness to learn. Developing mindset is a critical learning skill for building adaptability, self-discovery, and resilience.

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