Social and Emotional Skills (SEL) are taught, then practiced through Immersive Direct Experiential Application (IDEA) and supported with Awareness Education (AE).  


Current educational theory recognizes that SEL helps lay the foundation for a student's mental health and academic success. 

2013 TDSB Student Mental Health Strategy:

  • 72% feel anxious

  • 66% feel significant stress

  • 50% feel there is no adult to turn to 

  • 1 in 7, 11-16 year olds are bullied

We Target 5 Core Competencies Recognized by SEL Standards:

  • Self-Awareness 

  • Social-Awareness 

  • Relationship Skills

  • Self-Regulation 

  • Responsible Choices


Similar to mindfulness, these practices incorporate meditation, breathing exercises and non-judgemental observation techniques.  

  • Since 2005, 14 studies on awareness/mindfulness prove cognitive, social and psychological benefits to students

  • In 2013, a 5 year Harvard medical study shows "there is a true biological effect" of meditation


Mindfulness Improves:

  • Social and Emotional Skills

  • Academic performance

  • Concentration 

  • Self-esteem/Mental Health  

  • Resiliency & Problem solving 


Mindfulness Reduces:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Oppositional Social Behaviour  

  • Hyper Activity & Impulsivity   

Immersive Direct Experiential Application (IDEA)

​Through The ACE Approach, students are taught specific skills then are given authentic social opportunities to practice these skills.

Experiential Education Benefits: 

  • Engages learner's multiple intelligences 

  • Creates strong memories 

  • Inspires positive behaviours and social relations   

  • Allows explicit skills to be practiced

The Three Branches of ACE