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Curriculum Insights • Fly Five Curriculum

Curriculum Insights • Fly Five Curriculum
Jon Fulk, Head of Academic Programs

Fly Five is a research-based curriculum through which emotional intelligence (EI) is taught at PBS. It was launched in January 2021 by the Center for Responsive Schools and has been informed by data and best practices in social-emotional learning over the past three decades. Teachers use the well-structured lessons from Fly Five in their classrooms. We observe and assess child development based on Fly Five’s core competencies, which are predictors of lifelong success in academics, social relationships, and overall health and wellbeing.

What are the five core competencies?

  • Cooperation: Ability to establish new relationships, maintain positive friendships, avoid social isolation, resolve conflicts, accept differences, and contribute positively to the classroom and community in which you live, work, learn, and play
  • Assertiveness: Ability to take initiative and stand up for your ideas without hurting or negating others; knowing how to seek help, persevere with a challenging task, and recognize yourself as separate from the environment, circumstances, and conditions you’re in
  • Responsibility: Ability to motivate yourself and follow through on expectations; to define a problem, consider the consequences, and choose a positive solution
  • Empathy: Ability to recognize, appreciate, or understand someone else’s state of mind or emotions; to be receptive to new ideas and perspectives; and to see, appreciate, and value differences and diversity in others
  • Self control: Ability to recognize and regulate your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in order to be successful in the moment and remain on a successful trajectory

What are some elements of the Fly Five curriculum?

  • Sequenced and explicit lessons: Designed to increase in complexity as children grow and develop over time
  • Read-alouds: Stories that illustrate scenarios to set the stage for learning a new set of skills
  • Student journals: Used for interactive activities and formative assessments, requires children to put their emotions into words
  • Classroom discussion: Augments students’ knowledge and understanding of EI concepts by considering peer thoughts and ideas
  • Independent reflections: Allows teachers to gauge each student’s understanding of a new concept
  • Scenario cards: Practicing skills by navigating age appropriate situations
  • School-to-Home connection newsletter: Delivers classroom content to parents so they can reinforce skills and develop in their emotional intelligence as a family
  • Mindfulness: Strategies for reducing stress and emotional anxiety; vehicle for creating a more emotionally positive environment for students and teachers

What do Fly Five assessments look like?

  • Informal, reflective questions for students to answer after each lesson
    Examples: Why is it important to be able to recognize our emotions? How do you know what trust looks, sounds, and feels like? When do you apologize?
  • Written reflections
  • Classroom discussions
  • Observing student behavior
  • Articulating what we learn through the Fly Five curriculum into student progress reports and discussions during parent-teacher conferences

How does Fly Five promote diversity and inclusivity?

  • Culturally representative materials
  • SEL characters grow and develop alongside students from Kindergarten through 5th grade. These characters represent a diverse range of race, class, cultural identity, gender, backgrounds, and interests.

How can we support Fly Five at Home?

  • Use the School-to-Home Connection resource made available by teachers
  • Series of activities to reinforce classroom concepts and learn together as a family


Thank you for supporting our EI program objectives!

Jon Fulk
Head of Academic Programs

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