The EQuip Our Kids! Campaign Game Plan
To promote school-based EQ-raising social-emotional learning, the EQuip Our Kids! Campaign will:
- Create online media, print materials and videos dedicated to educating the public about all the positive, game-changing aspects of this learning in schools and provide an accompanying Advocacy Kit to assist parents and sectors of the public in getting it implemented in local schools.
- Create a “Got EQ ” advertising, marketing and public relations education campaign via which eventually, as we grow as on organization with public support, “emotional intelligence” and “social-emotional learning” will become household terms and goals and as ubiquitously marketed as auto insurance ads. The campaign will be both general and targeted to specific communities, sectors and multiple demographic audiences, including students themselves. It will include TV and radio ads, community-based media, outdoor advertising and other forms of reaching the public.
- Back up the overall campaign by recruiting volunteer “EQ Ambassadors” who will experience a training session in advocating in their communities. This would include parents and students, as well as others who care about the issue. The training will be conducted by professional organizers.
On the Legislative and Grassroots Front
While the Campaign will help educate school and elected officials and legislators about emotional intelligence and social-emotional learning, we also will work closely with grassroots community, education (PTAs for example) and business organizations on coordinated advocacy and public education efforts – and will keep followers apprised of relevant information and opportunities to participate.
Where possible the Campaign will also help form new independent localized grassroots education and advocacy institutions, as we did in the summer of 2017 with our home state California Social-Emotional Learning Alliance (www.sel4ca.org), modeled on and now in alliance with a similar and highly successful Alliance in Massachusetts. (See www.sel4ma.org).
SEL4CA is off and running with dozens of organization and individual members who are passionate about bringing EQ programs and practices into every school in California because of the profound upside benefits to students, teachers and staff.
As an example of legislative opportunities, some Congress members have sponsored pieces of legislation that would mandate and fund SEL research and curricula in every school. Most recently Senator Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and two co-sponsors introduced the Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act (S. 897) to fund training of teachers and administrators and implementation of SEL programs.
Similar efforts in states have languished for lack of public knowledge of the issues and therefore support. By educating and inspiring the pubic, the Campaign intends to play a major role in changing that. (See a summary of latest helpful policies and proposed legislation.)
This large vision of an independent mass marketing campaign on behalf of a concept – not on behalf of any specific training program or organization – is what the Campaign intends to carry out over the next few years until such curriculum and EQ culture are a routine feature in every school in the U.S …and increasingly being adopted abroad.
Most people when they get into a situation where they feel upset, they’ll just, they’ll get mad, start fighting. But now when they have the second step , they will think about calming down first, and then that’ll stop fights that’s in the school
Grade 5, Myra Bradwell School Student
A Crucial Emphasis Here:
As with any social movement – and social-emotional learning is becoming one in the academic and non-profit sectors – there are intramural and conceptual disagreements among experts, competing ways to frame and teach EQ and relationship skills, many different competing programs, some turf battles, and resistance to change among established institutions and bureaucracies.
The Campaign will eschew involvement at that level and take no sides in intramural or competitive disputes. Nor will we support any specific training program.
Our mission is educating the public about emotional intelligence learning effectiveness when implemented with a fidelity that includes buy-in from all stakeholders and an immersive social-emotional learning overall school culture in and out of all classrooms, and our intention is to leave it to the plethora of existing social-emotional learning organizations, school districts and providers to work through the challenges of identifying the right programs for each student body, and of preparing and training staff for long and short-term success.
The EQuip Our Kids! Campaign will undertake market research tests to determine the various terminologies and emphasis that provides traction for various segments of the population when describing the appeals and benefits of Social and Emotional Learning.
To repeat, our goal is to propel the emotional intelligence movement forward – or, if you please, to inspire parents, the public at large, educators and lawmakers on a mass level to implement evidence-based social-emotional learning in all schools as a primary means of improving both academic and life performance.
By focusing on the positive effects for children, the Campaign expects to arouse in every parent and in the general public the natural human passion for creating the foundation for healthy minds and spirits in the young, as well as for greatly increasing their potential for successful and happy lives.