MORRISTOWN, NJ -- TAPintoTV visited the Red Oaks School in Morristown, NJ to learn about their Executive Skills Curriculum. Developed in-house by administrators and staff, the faculty shared with us some of the program’s unique features and its long-reaching benefits for students.
Nelyda Miguel, the Associate Head of School at Red Oaks said, “Every good school will develop good readers, writers and mathematicians, but what I see kids missing these days is the executive skill set that goes with that.” She continued, “They’re a road map to managing your environment.”
The Executive Skills Curriculum is comprised of eleven benchmarks, explicitly taught in all grades, and evolve in complexity as students get older. “These kids aren’t running companies,” explained Marilyn E. Stewart, the Head of School. “The Executive Skills development begins at age three. We just don’t call it executive skills, we call it habits,” Stewart added.
“Quite simply, it’s just how you manage yourself,” said Sera Capriotti, Upper Elementary Teacher at Red Oaks. The eleven skills also go hand-in-hand with the school’s social/emotional learning component, as well as an overall robust academic program. “We want kids to be happy, confident, resilient, and prepared for the future,” Stewart explained.
Since its inception, Red Oaks’ Executive Skills Curriculum has been widely praised and was recently honored by the International Baccalaureate Organization. “Having that kind of knowledge about yourself,” Miguel said, “is invaluable. We can send them to high school with a good sense of who they are.”
Stewart has seen a marked difference in the students at Red Oaks since the Executive Skills program was adopted. “It’s our job to help them focus, believe in themselves, be confident and know that we’re here to support them in every way,” she said.