Social and Emotional Learning Classes

Owning Up is a year-long program taught by Brewster academic and arts faculty members. In small, same-sex groups, students meet twice a week to discuss a wide range of pertinent topics, such as friendship, bullying, body image, social media use, and sexuality. Largely discussion-based, the class also incorporates journal writing and a number of small group projects.

SOPHOMORE: Optimizing Your Intelligence (OYI)
Optimizing your Intelligence is a year-long program taught in mixed-gender small groups by Brewster faculty. Developed through our relationship with Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, this course introduces students to a range of scientific research about the brain’s plasticity and practical applications emerging from the research. Students learn about the difference between a “fixed mindset” and a “growth mindset” and examine the sources of their own motivations. The goal of the course is to help students become generally more self-aware and more conscious of their agency in shaping their day-to-day experiences and their futures.

JUNIOR: Engage to Educate (E2E)
Engage 2 Educate is a course, designed by Brewster faculty and students, that seeks to prepare students to thrive with knowledge and compassion in a diverse world. Engage 2 Educate offers juniors an opportunity to engage in healthy and honest conversation about the many social issues that affect their identities and their place in the world, both at Brewster and beyond. The class examines the eight social identifiers of age, ability, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class into a variety of activities and workshops, all geared to help students better understand the elements that shape their identities and the identities of others.

As students stand on the precipice of college, this course is designed to prepare them for the next steps. Interactive seminars, college workshops, and electives that include a variety of options from finance to life skills enable students to start to explore facets of the next phase of their lives. Other topics emphasized include further enhancement of RULER skills, college social decision making, resilience, and mental health.
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