Comprehensive Program for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

Even 15 minutes of mindful Action, Breathing and Centering (ABCs) have been shown to have a profound impact on brain and behavior, provided it is done often enough. Researchers have found that even such a brief intervention, done in the classroom thrice a week or more, has measurable impact. As a result of these findings, we designed a TLS curriculum with 48 brief lessons, which could be delivered in an academic semester (three times/week x 16 weeks). We structured it in four 12-lesson Units, with a deliberate progression, from (1) Stress Management => (2) Self-Awareness => (3) Emotion Regulation => (4) Healthy Relationships.

TLS Wheel of ProgressionEach successive iteration around this TLS Wheel spirals one towards self-mastery, with the ability to act rather than react, for profound implications within and outside ourselves. The national Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has nominated Niroga’s TLS curriculum for inclusion in its resource guide. We are conducting trainings in TLS for educators, behavioral health professionals, social workers and violence prevention officials nationally and internationally, and the response has been overwhelmingly and enthusiastically positive.

After a year-long, school-wide daily TLS implementation at the King-Chavez Academy of Excellence in southeast San Diego, comparing results from the beginning and end of the school year, independent analysis showed significant student improvement in academic and social-emotional domains tested: reading and math, as well as pro-social behavior and motivation to learn.

  • 9 out of 10 students said they liked the practice
  • 3 out of 4 said they are using TLS outside the classroom  
  • 2 out of 3 said that they are using TLS during stressful situations at home.
  • “When I finish doing TLS, I feel that I am ready to learn,” said one student.

The principal and staff were eager to extend the program with other King-Chavez schools, and at their all schools retreat in August, where they shared their year of experience with TLS with their colleagues.  As a result, Niroga is scheduled to support the TLS program for a second year in the “K-C Arts and Athletics Academy”, and will begin first year training, coaching and support with a second school,“ K-C Preparatory Academy” (grades 6-8) this Fall.