So much more than an SEL program for high school students, CONNECTIONS utilizes student voice and choice to support students in embracing vital social-emotional skills that encourage their success in careers, personal relationships, and in life. Flexible lesson plans of a variety of activities, videos of inspiration, and an engaging eMagazine enable students to explore important strengths such as resilience, leadership, communication, equity, service, mattering, diversity, and many more! The program utilizes a variety of key tools to enable smooth integration of SEL.

Research behind High School Connections

High school students have specific needs related to their development in preparation for college and career and connecting with colleagues and community members beyond their families and friends. Their ability to connect and collaborate with others is essential to their success in life. Research supports the fact that continuous, purposeful, and systematic social-emotional learning instruction provides many positive outcomes and contributes to overall emotional intelligence. The ability to manage self, maintain accurate perceptions of the needs of others, build strong relationships, and make sound decisions are an important piece of career and life success.

Employers cite the following skills as essential to success in the workplace:

  • Problem-Solving & Collaboration
  • Research Skills
  • Analytic Skills
  • Decision-Making Skills

Studies note that the most desirable qualities of community leaders include:

  • Service
  • Ethics
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Initiative
  • Empathy
  • Inclusive
  • Optimism
  • And a good sense of equity, justice, and fairness

Cloud9World offers a plethora of online resources for schools implementing this product to create a schoolwide cultural shift. Videos, games, morning announcements, books, and curriculum all add to the schoolwide focus on a single strength throughout the month. The monthly parent newsletter provides parents with helpful tips in helping their teens to build social-emotional skills.

Professional Development Opportunities

Professional development for Connections is available via web meetings. Contact Cloud9World to schedule on-site professional learning. As part of the training, teachers will examine each of the High School product components and how they can be implemented to increase social-emotional, and academic learning.