Creating Successful Futures (CSF) Program
About the program
Creating Successful Futures (CSF) is a highly structured, districtwide, short-term program designed to empower K-3 students to make safe and positive choices. Teaming with schools and parents, CSF equips students to develop the courage to change and achieve academic social success.
CSF began in the 2000-2001 school year through a federal grant from the Department of Safe and Drug Free Schools. CSF targets all 25,000 elementary students in the district. Emphasis is placed on building a school-wide system that addresses all students and staff in all settings. Positive school-wide discipline plans have been implemented in 95% of ASD elementary schools and data show that these schools are seeing dramatic reductions in disciplinary referrals and suspension, with concurrent increases in student achievement.
"The importance of social emotional development is sometimes overlooked because of the emphasis on academic preparedness.
In recent years a body of research has been building to suggest that there is a strong link between young children's socio-emotional competence and their chances of early school success.
Studies demonstrated that social emotional knowledge has a critical role in improving children's academic performance and lifelong learning…
Special programs that promote social emotional learning reduce violence and increase prosocial behavior."
—excerpted from the Institute of Early Childhood Education & Research
University of British Columbia
While the the positive school-wide discipline plan meets the needs of the majority of students, there are those who need more support than the school-wide system can provide:
CSF I provides an early intervention for kindergarten through third grade students whose behaviors are such that a targeted intervention is necessary to change anti-social behaviors to pro-social behaviors. This highly structured, districtwide, short-term program designed to empower K-3 students is continuing at College Gate and Northwood Elementary.
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What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which we learn to recognize and manage emotions, care about others, make good decisions, behave ethically and responsibly, develop positive relationships, and avoid negative behaviors. Learn more about SEL, why it's important, and about ASD's standards and benchmarks in SEL.