Singer Jewel partners with MCESC to promote holistic learning



COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER IS GETTING SOME STAR-STUDDED HELP. BROOKE: JEWEL HAS TEAMED UP WITH THE AGENCY TO HELP IMPROVE HOW STUDENTS IN OUR AREA ARE TAUGHT. 2 NEWS REPORTER KELLEY KING EXPLAINS HOW THE NEW CURRICULUM IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT'S WORKING IN THE MIAMI VALLEY. KELLEY KING:THE CURRICULUM IS CALLED SELLA.IT STANDS FOR SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LANGUAGE ARTS.IT'S DESIGNED TO EDUCATE THE WHOLE STUDENT AND PREVENT THAT CHILD FROM BECOMING ANOTHER STATISTIC. IT'S A PARTNERSHIP TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING. JEWEL: "I SET OUT TO TRY TO BEAT THOSE ODDS.."JEWEL'S DIFFICULT CHILDHOOD SPURRED HER PASSION FOR HOLISTIC EDUCATION… JEWEL: "HELPED ME TACKLE AND OVERCOME ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, PANIC ATTACKS." … TEAMING UP WITH MONTGOMERY COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER. SHANNON COX, MCESC SUPERINTENDENT:""WE HAVE FIVE YEARS OLDS WHO ENTER SCHOOL THAT HAVEN'T HAD THE SAME FIVE YEARS OF HUMAN BEING EXPERIENCE THAT WE DID WHEN WE WERE FIVE." THE SINGER AND AGENCY ARE HOPING TO CHANGE THAT. THEY'VE DEVELOPED EXERCISES FOR READING AND WRITING… THAT FOCUS ON SELF REFLECTION…SHANNON COX, MCESC SUPERINTENDENT: "THE STUDENTS LOVE THE JOURNALS." … AND MINDFULNESS…SHANNON COX, MCESC SUPERINTENDENT:"WE TEACH KIDS HOW TO BREATHE. WE TEACH THEM TO PAY ATTENTION TO HOW THEIR BODIES FEEL IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT." IT DOESN'T TAKE AWAY FROM THE CURRENT CURRICULUM.SELLA STILL COVERS ALL OF THE NATIONAL AND STATE WRITING STANDARDS. SUPERINTENDENT SHANNON COX SAYS IT DOESN'T REALLY ADD TO TEACHERS' WORKLOAD EITHER. SHANNON COX, MCESC SUPERINTENDENT: "IT REALLY ISN'T ONE MORE THING TO DO. IT'S ACTUALLY JUST DOING WHAT WE'RE ALREADY DOING, BETTER." THE GOAL IS TO HAVE THESE TECHNIQUES INCORPORATED IN GRADES K THROUGH 6 BY THE 2021 SCHOOL YEAR. "BY OFFERING THIS CURRICULUM TO DISTRICTS NATIONWIDE WE CAN HELP GROW HEALTHY, HAPPY, WHOLE HUMANS." KELLEY:THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICE CENTER SERVICES 16 DISTRICTS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND 90 EDUCATIONAL ENTITIES IN OHIO. REPORTING IN DAYTON KELLEY KING 2 NEWS WORKING FOR YOU. BROOKE:HAPPENING NOW…A CLOTHING GIVEAWAY FOR TORNADO SURVIVORS FROM AROUND THE

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