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Social Emotional Wellness

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The guiding principle for the MBUSD Social Emotional Wellness committee is to foster a healthy, productive, supportive culture at our schools and in our community. It is also a goal of the committee to try to alleviate unhealthy and unproductive stress for all stake holders. Here is an update of what the committee, comprised of teachers, students, counselors, administrators, parents, and board members, has been working on:
  • Mira Costa became a Challenge Success school starting in the 2016-17 school year. We joined forces with dozens of other middle schools and high schools who are working with Challenge Success, a Stanford-based non-profit organization that partners with schools to work on research-based strategies for students to gain the academic, social, and emotional skills they will need to succeed. A team of 10 people from Mira Costa attended Challenge Success conferences in the fall and spring where they met their coach, worked on a Mira Costa specific plan and heard presentations by Challenge Success researchers.
  • In October 2016, Mira Costa's SEW committee facilitated the first Mira Costa Fishbowl conversation. A group of students, representing all grades, was asked to answer questions and have a conversation about their experience at Mira Costa while the teachers and Mira Costa staff were invited to observe from the outside. 
  • In November and January, over 30 teachers, administrators, and parents shadowed students at Mira Costa for a day. The goal of the exercise was to give adults the chance to really feel what it is like to be a student for a day. The committee collected data and debriefed with both the students and adults to get an idea of where students encounter the most stress in their day. Click here for Dr. Matthews' account of his shadow day.
  • In February 2017 the committee administered the Challenge Success survey to all Mira Costa students, the "Stanford Survey of Adolescent School Experience." The survey measured Costa students' perception of their academic engagement, student health and wellbeing, academic integrity, school stress, student time management and extracurricular activities, etc. The report of the survey findings can be found here.
  • In April 2018, the MBUSD Board of Trustees adopted the Inclusion Commitment, based on feedback from community leaders.
  • On April 5, 2017, the Board of Trustees adopted Resolution 2017-14 designating MBUSD as an inclusive, safe, and welcoming district, ensuring a protected space for all students to learn.
  • On November 29, 2018, Dr. Matthews and board members presented our District's social emotional wellness efforts at the California School Board Association's Annual Education Conference. You can see that presentation's PDF below.