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Open Mind Africa Curriculum

Open Mind Africa is currently seeking for support and resources to develop our own standardized curriculum for our students in Africa. However, we are currently using content designed by our educators as well as lesson plans and toolkits from our affiliates and thought partners in the United States. Primarily we are using content from Character Lab (Philadelphia) Transforming Education (Boston) and CASEL (Chicago)

Self-awareness (Source: CASEL and OMA)

The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”

• Identifying emotions
• Accurate self-perception
• Recognizing strengths
• Self-confidence
• Self-efficacy
• Multiple Intelligences
• States

Self-management (Source: CASEL and OMA)

The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals

• Impulse control
• Stress management
• Self-discipline
• Self-motivation
• Goal-setting
• Organizational skills
• Critical Thinking
• Outcomes
• Submodalities
• Anchoring
• Framing & Reframing
• Mindfulness

Social awareness (Source: CASEL and OMA)

The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports

• Perspective-taking
• Empathy
• Appreciating diversity
• Respect for others
• Representational Systems
• Meta Model
• Modeling

Relationship skills (Source: CASEL and OMA)

The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.

• Communication
• Social engagement
• Relationship-building
• Teamwork
• Rapport
• Perceptual Positions

Responsible decision making (Source: CASEL and OMA)

The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.

• Identifying problems
• Analyzing situations
• Solving problems
• Evaluating
• Reflecting
• Ethical responsibility
• Meta Programs
• Beliefs

Character Strengths (Source: Character Lab)

The intentions and actions that benefit both the individual and others

Strengths of heart
These are the "interpersonal" or “giving” strengths. They help you relate in positive ways to other people.

Strengths of will
These are the "intrapersonal" or “doing” strengths. They help you achieve your goals.

Strengths of mind ( Source: Character Lab)
These are the "intellectual" or “thinking” strengths. They help you ponder, wonder, and create.

• Curiosity
• Gratitude
• Grit
• Growth Mindset
• Purpose
• Self Control
• Social Intelligence
• Zest

Critical Thinking ( Source: Andrew Gordon)

• Active listening
• Collaboration
• Nonviolent communication
• Growth mindset
• Developing multiple perspectives
• Nonverbal communication
• Storytelling
• Cause and effect
• Logical fallacies and Cognitive Bias
• Stereotyping
• Vulnerability in conversation
• Auditory meditation
• Speaking towards beliefs
• Somatic movements

Toolkits & Playbooks for Educators (Source: TransEDU and Character Lab)

• Introduction to SEL
• Introduction to Social awareness
• Introduction to Self-management
• Introduction to Self-efficacy
• Introduction to Growth Mindset
• Growth Mindset Toolkit
• Build Connections
• Expert Practice