Integrated Learning and Personal Development Programs are based on research and experience that learning issues and social/emotional development are integrated, interrelated, and interconnected and best enhanced once a relationship of trust and safety has been established. It is important to explore both learning and personal development, as they are equally valid and can be taught and coached simultaneously. Learning and growth happens when girls feel their emotional needs are being heard, validated, and accepted.
Bold New Girls programs are unique and individualized and include a series of progressive, sequential learning skills. A program is vital to determine each girl’s needs, interests, and strengths. Programs create a baseline and helps to clarify priorities and objectives in both learning and personal development. A program provides accountability, focuses activities for each session, helps determine criteria for evaluation, and facilitates a systematic approach to teaching and coaching.
These programs are comprehensive and extensive including: foundational learning skills, learning how to learn tools, and executive functioning skills involving focus and attention, working memory, processing speed, sequential processing, and self-regulation and self-management tools. The programs are integrated with key personal development topics such as anxiety, emotional awareness and expression, perfectionism and self-compassion, self-awareness, and self-confidence, and social/coping skills. Programs also include specific objectives and goals, principles and guidelines, success indicators and methods of evaluation, recommendations for both home and school, and resources for support.
Bold New Girls Integrated Learning and Personal Development Programs are grounded in fundamental and critical evidenced-based research by John Bowlby (attachment theory), Leslie Greenberg (emotion and cognition in psychotherapy), Victor Gecas (social psychology of self-efficacy), Lynn Miller (social-emotional learning in schools), Erik Erikson (psychosocial stages of development), Alfred Bandura (social learning), Martin Seligman (positive psychology), Kim Rempel (mindfulness for children), Brené Brown (shame and shame resilience), Kristin Neff (self-compassion), Debra Pepler (bullying), and Stewart Shanker (self-management).
Bold New Girls provides Integrated Learning and Personal Development Programs to help young girls with the following:
- Positive learning behaviours and tools for positive change
- Academics – foundation skills, learning how to learn, executive functioning skills, self-management tools & school support (BC school curriculum)
- Self-awareness: integration of feelings/thoughts/behaviours
- Self-esteem & self-efficacy
- Self-confidence & self-belief
- Awareness of self & self in relation to others
- Question-asking & reflective learning
- Sense of security & calm
- Sense of self & self-worth
- Relationships & communication
- Positive self-image
- Coping tools & life balance
- Goal setting
- Media messages and pressures
- Anxiety related to learning
- Boundaries & self-advocacy
- Understanding of individual learner profile: strengths and areas of growth
- Parental/guardian/caregiver/teachers support and guidance