Mollie Dawson Elementary

Character Education and Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning—or SEL—helps students successfully develop personal strengths including grit, tenacity, perseverance and a positive academic mind set. When these concepts are promoted, students possess the basic competencies, work habits, and values for career and life.

Through social emotional learning, students learn about the brain, their emotions, and how to resolve conflict. The Mindfulness Path allows students to practice cultivating awareness of what is happening within and around them.

SEL is taught in the classroom by the classroom teacher. The concepts of SEL are reinforced within the regular guidance instruction from the counselor.

 Behavioral competences your child will work on include:

  •  Self-awareness
  •  Self-management
  •  Social awareness
  •  Relationship skills
  •  Responsible decision making

Early Act First Knight

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Downtown Austin Rotary Club, we take part in a unique character education program, Early Act First Knight.

Through our Early Act First Knight character education program (EAFK), we study character virtues such as respect, honesty, perseverance, discipline, tolerance, confidence and compassion. Individual students are recognized in regular knighting ceremonies for embodying the character traits.

The student service club (also part of EAFK) undertakes service projects benefitting our community.