Ben Franklin Elementary School named an SEL Model School

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From left to right: April Morealli and Dr. Angela McMasters, IASD School Psychologists/MTSS Facilitators; Dorothy Morelli, SEL-W CEO; Michael Vuckovich, IASD Superintendent; Kelly Urbani, Ben Franklin Principal; Dr. Mark Greenberg, SEL-W Senior Advisor; and Justin Zahorchak, IASD Director of Special Education & Pupil Services. (Photo by Josh Widdowson)

Social Emotional Learning Worldwide (SEL-W) Senior Advisor Dr. Mark Greenberg and CEO Dorothy Morelli recently announced that Ben Franklin Elementary School in the Indiana Area School District achieved model school status for its implementation of our TIER 1 social-emotional program – PATHS.

On Tuesday, October 18, 2022, they visited the school to present the award in a school-wide assembly with remarks by Dr. Greenberg. Invited guests also had the opportunity to tour the school’s new Outdoor Learning Space and visit indoor classrooms to experience what a PATHS lesson looks, feels and sounds like.

“PATHS” stands for “Promoting alternative thinking strategies” and is an intervention that aims to improve young children’s social and emotional competence, promote self-control, and reduce problem behaviors.

The process through which young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, and achieve goals is a vital part of preparing students to be college and/or career ready.

Superintendent Michael Vuckovich is proud of the work that is being done district-wide to help kids understand their emotions and feelings and to learn how to appropriately communicate them. “The Indiana, PA school district has become a leader in the implementation of addressing the needs of the whole child,” noted Ms. Morelli. “Congratulations to all!”