Two Corbett Prep teachers recently traveled across the world to teach social-emotional learning and wellbeing to educators in the country of Bhutan.
Kindergarten teacher Marla Vildostegui and Jen Jones, a teacher in the first- and second-grade multiage class, participated in four days of live training on the Four Pillars of Wellbeing for teachers and staff at the ELC School in Bhutan. Corbett Prep was a national pilot for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence for Ruler II, which is now the Four Pillars of Wellbeing and part of the nonprofit Contentment Foundation.
The CEO of the Contentment Foundation, Dr. Daniel Cordaro, joined the Corbett Prep team and called the training a "massive success."
"This was a huge event for our foundation and our team internationally, because this is the first time in history that I'm aware of that an educational intervention like ours has been requested from the highest authorities to start being rolled out on a national level," Dr. Cordaro said.
Social and Emotional Learning at Corbett Prep
Corbett Prep has emphasized social and emotional learning for years to create a school climate of dignity and respect. Corbett partnered with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence in 2015 to implement the RULER program, which helps students learn to identify and manage their emotions.
While in Bhutan, the Corbett Prep teachers met with Bhutan's Minister of Education to discuss a national rollout of social-emotional learning and wellbeing for students and teachers in over 400 schools throughout the country.
"Our time in Bhutan and at the ELC School was both transformational and inspirational," Vildostegui said. "Being able to share the gift of the Four Pillars of Wellbeing Curriculum with other educators across the globe reinforced the importance and value of sustainable wellbeing for all."
Jones said she was honored and grateful for the opportunity to discuss Corbett Prep's experiences in Bhutan and share the Four Pillars of Wellbeing with the dedicated educators at ELC.
"We have now formed a connection with them so that we can move forward together in bringing this curriculum to schools all over the world," Jones said.
At Corbett Prep, Jones and Vildostegui are leaders of social and emotional learning for Corbett Prep's PreK3-8th grade students. Now they are leaders in the effort to create wellbeing in students and teachers globally.
"A big hats off to Jen and Marla from Corbett Prep/IDS who did an outstanding job training all the teachers and staff at ELC High," Dr. Cordaro said.