District Elementary School Wins State Award

District Elementary School Wins State Award For Family and Community Involvement
Posted on 08/10/2020
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Crosspointe Elementary School received a 2019-2020 Family and Community Involvement Award from the Florida Department of Education, for its Social-Emotional Learning Across the Community initiatives. The award promotes and recognizes innovative school practices that increase family and community involvement.

“This award means everything to our school family, it is an honor to be recognized for the work that we truly believe in and that we strive toward every day,” said Dr. Annmarie Dilbert, the school’s principal. “This award shows that not only is it possible to put social-emotional learning front and center, but it can also make a tremendous difference across the school community.”

The school believes that social-emotional learning (SEL) is the foundation for any learning. It incorporates SEL as a process and way of living, whereby adults and students understand how to manage emotions, set and achieve goals, feel and show empathy for others, and maintain positive relationships while making responsible decisions. This prepares children for success in school, and leads them to becoming successful adults in the future.

“We consider ourselves one family or team,” Dr. Dilbert said. “Everyone on staff contributes to the culture of our school and that resonates with our students, their families, and our community.”

Crosspointe Elementary devotes a great deal of time and resources to ensuring that the SEL needs of staff, students, and their families are recognized and prioritized. This allows other schools with similar populations to see what can be done with SEL. The hope is that the state recognition will highlight the power of SEL and the positive impact it can have on school communities.

“SEL needs to be prioritized in all aspects of public education, including teacher education, funding, curriculum decisions, and community involvement,” Dr. Dilbert said. “We hope to serve as another example of a school community coming together to put children first.”

The School District of Palm Beach County