Social & Emotional Learning
Gale Distributing IMAGO SEL Curriculum
- By Dian Schaffhauser
is partnering with IMAGO,
another education technology company, to distribute a set of online
services for K-12. Gale
Presents: IMAGO, as it's called, provides video-based
social and emotional learning (SEL) and career readiness. The
curriculum is intended to be used with students in grades 5-12.
In the platform,
students view modules or lessons on SEL topics and respond to study
guide questions. The lessons cover five aspects encompassed in the
SEL framework -- self-awareness, relationship skills,
social awareness, responsible or ethical decision making and
self-management -- with the addition of global awareness. Other
topics include career exploration and life and work skills.
The lessons come
with facilitator guides with activities, questions and additional
resources that a teacher needs to teach lessons in class or remotely.
Lessons can be self-study or facilitator-led, depending on teacher
preference. Learner responses to these study guide questions provide
insight into their perspectives and current skills as well as the
impact of lessons on the learners.
The curriculum also
includes professional learning, to help teachers learn how to model
effective online engagement and social and emotional behaviors.
One school system
that has invested in the IMAGO platform is Clark
County School District, in Nevada. According to Snehal
Bhakta, district career and technical education administrator, the
adoption has been a "win-win."
"The content is
accessible and easy to use and really gives students that starting
point to build their skill set so that they can be successful after
high school, whether they go to college or go straight into the
workforce," Bhakta said in a press release. "I feel
confident in recommending this solution to any school district
seeking a flexible option for setting students up for future
"We chose to
partner with IMAGO because their solution meets a need our customers
have expressed for video-based SEL and career readiness lessons,"
added Shawn Clark, senior vice president of domestic learning at
Gale. "This partnership allows us to change students' thinking
and behavior that will help them better understand their future
options and apply the skills they have learned immediately, with more
motivation to learn."
"Our mission is
to embed social and emotional learning into every aspect of the human
experience to equip students with the critical skills and knowledge
for workforce readiness, success and beyond," noted Spencer
Wallace, head of growth at IMAGO. "This matters to us because we
believe that engaged and fulfilled humans are better prepared to take
on the complex challenges of today's world."
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @schaffhauser.