Distinctive Schools

Representatives: Mike McCarthy, Executive Director of Specialized Services, and Amanda Rychel, Founding Member and Chief of Staff

EdSurge Case Study

Can SEL Support Personalized Learning? How One Chicago School is Finding Out, March 28, 2017

As schools are adopting personalized next gen learning, Distinctive Schools is reshaping its existing social-emotional learning (SEL) practices to meet the needs of students in the new learning environment. The SEL framework is inspired in part by MyWays.

They are redesigning a character development program—PRIDE: Problem solving, Responsibility, Integrity, Drive, and Empathy—and piloting a mentoring model to address Habits of Success.

Distinctive schools is testing use of the MyWays whole-student competency plot to measure and show growth in SEL performance. They also are planning a dashboard that combines academic and SEL data.