Medfield Public Schools
The Office of Social Emotional Learning
Dr. David Worthley, Director
March seems to be the gateway that ushers in the inevitable excitement, fear, anticipation and anxiety around the idea that our seniors will heading off to college in the Fall. As I talk to students, I am very impressed with the academic readiness on display. However, that is only one part of the equation that will lead to a successful and happy life for our kids. I have had some great conversations with students who have been away at school, and many more with students who are planning on going away to school. I think as parents, we do our best to prepare them to leave the nest, but there is a lot of work to be done to prepare for the emotional toll this process takes.
Many of our kids graduate high school without proper preparation for the potential emotional health challenges of transitioning to college and adult life. In fact, 60 percent of first-year college students wish they had received more help with emotional preparation for the transition to college, and 87 percent stated that the college preparation process focused more on academics than emotional readiness.
On Tuesday, March 6th, I am inviting all senior students who would like to come and discuss their thoughts/feelings/emotional readiness, and to come and let us know how we can do a better job getting them the information, practice and skill set they need to be ready when September rolls around. We will speak to kids during the lunch/reading periods in the auditorium. I will update this post with examples of the things your kids are experiencing, as it is pretty amazing and unbelievably important stuff.
I have provided a link to Resources and Downloads to Support College Readiness below. There is some good stuff there, so check it out. If you think your son or daughter is totally ready, ask again, and again, and again.
Resources and Downloads to Support College Readiness
On this website, you will find some good articles in the SEL: The College Years section.
More to come…..
Dave Worthley, Ed.D.
The Medfield Public Schools are committed to educating and developing the skills and competencies of the whole child, which includes the fostering of academic, social/emotional, and physical wellness.
Beginning in 2016, The Office of Social Emotional Learning has strived to teach students the values of CASEL’s five core competencies: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills, and social-awareness. Much of this is achieved through curriculum and school-specific programs but a great deal of our work is done “on the ground” as we locate school-specific need and find ways to embed these values into the foundation of MPS.
We do this by helping to create a school community that welcomes and supports a diverse array of academic, social/emotional, and physical needs.
In collaboration with the Guidance Department, the Wellness Department, the Health Office, teachers, the administration, and the Medfield community, we work to maintain and support high academic achievement while concurrently helping students understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Dr. David Worthley, Director
Dr. Worthley has spent his career working in the field of psychiatric crisis - whether on adolescent units, in maximum security prisons, or at several schools in Massachusetts. He is passionate about his work with the adolescent population, and understands well the importance and value of a solid educational foundation.
"College students are experiencing anxiety, depression, alcohol abuse, and other mental health issues at alarming rates in a landscape of growing academic, social, and financial pressures. As a college mental health psychiatrist for over two decades and a mother of two twenty-somethings, Marcia Morris has witnessed the ways problems can derail students from their goals, while parent interventions at critical junctures can help get students back on track. The Campus Cure: A Parent Guide to Mental Health and Wellness for College Students is a first aid guide to your child’s emotional health, preparing you to handle the mental health problems and emotional ups and downs many young adults experience in college. With anecdotes and the latest scientific literature, this book will increase your awareness of common problems, pressures, and crises in college; illustrate how you can support your child and collaborate with campus resources; and provide stories of hope to parents who often feel alone and overwhelmed when their child experiences a mental health problem. While you have the passion to help your child, this book will provide you with the tools to guide your child toward health and happiness in the college years."