K-12 Relational Competency Student Curriculum
– a Student’s Pathway to Personal Integrity and Global Citizenship
In order to increase and improve Emotional Intelligence and Character Development in students, we offer a K-12 Relational Competency student curriculum. This curriculum is very aligned with the Common Core standards and its Social/Emotional requirements.
Through this curriculum, based on Dr. Carl R. Rogers’ communication model of the Person Centered Approach (PCA) and using the core elements of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard, students will learn the tools for building great communication and relationship building skills. As well as teaching students Relational Competency, educators will also find this to be a highly effective classroom management strategy. Another typical side benefit of this coursework is increased academic marks. The curriculum provides a way for teachers to increase the quality, relevance and accountability of their relationships with their students. And take note, if one looks closely at the Teachers of the Year, the thing they all have in common is the amazing relationships they have with their students!
Keep in mind that many people, including teachers, have never received formal training on the skills needed to achieve Relational Competency; therefore, this curriculum is supported with a 3-day teacher training program. Research shows that Social/Emotional development is a key factor in the success of students in their academic subjects, as well as in their lives generally. This is why there is so much interest there now.
All the projects, experiences, and discussions outlined in our curriculum guide are aligned with the yearlong theme of Community, and the six unit topics: Connect, Communicate, Cooperate, Contribute, Collaborate, and Create.
Note that with regard to Character Development curricula, one can directly teach character traits (Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; Good Citizenship – external/training), or one can develop the qualities within the children that will bring out these character traits naturally (intrinsic). Having been trained in other Character Development programs, we believe this curriculum is far more effective in producing the intrinsic changes that will inherently bring out these pillars of character in the students.