The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe, located in North Dakota, partnered with us to help organize curricula which would support their Adult Education branch of the Employment Training Program. This curriculum helps participants discover career interests, while also developing the skills and knowledge needed in order to fulfill goals within the Employment Training Program.

Social Emotional Learning Is Relevant For All

Career readiness doesn’t end when you finish high school or earn a college degree. In fact, many individuals will have more than one career within their lifetime. In the same way, social emotional learning is not reserved for only K-12 students – it’s relevant for all.

The Employment Training Program of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate (SWO) tribe utilizes an Adult Education branch to help identify barriers to employment while also helping participants explore career interests and build skills to achieve their goals. Together, we organized curriculum from our existing lesson library that would help participants grow in their social emotional learning, while becoming more prepared for their future careers. Learners first completed our collection of professional and career development lessons, which focused on interview skills, appearance & hygiene, and resume development. Then learners completed the “Mindsets” lessons, which included topics like personal development, lifelong learning, communication skills, and digital investigation.

Learners reported growing in a variety of social emotional competencies, such as being an adaptable & productive problem solver, a responsible and ethical decision maker, a skilled communicator and collaborator, and more. All of these areas are beneficial as these learners explore new careers and go through daily life.

Social emotional learning is applicable for anyone, whether you’re a high school freshman exploring your purpose, to an adult learner wanting to build your communication skills. At any stage, and in any context, social emotional learning is beneficial because it helps us learn more about ourselves and how to navigate the circumstances we’re in.