What curriculum domains are included in the Buddy Builder program?
Four required core activities that are designed to be taught for each Unit:
Huddle Up: brief introduction to the social-emotional skills goals of the Unit through discussions and role playing
Community Service: practice SEL skills taught in the Unit while learning, thinking, and talking about the communities in which students live
Inspiration Station: students imagine successful, future versions of themselves
Physical Activity: practice SEL skills in a physical activity
Teachers pick 1 to 3 enrichment project-based activities for practicing SEL skills in each Unit:
Music: such as music history, improvisation, music education, instrument making and playing, different musical genres, and cultural music
Arts & Crafts: such as drawing, painting, bookmaking, and handicrafts that students can display or take home
Performing Arts: including the creation and delivery of performing arts such as script writing, role-playing, acting, directing, interviewing others, and learning about the history of TV, radio, and other media
Extension activities bring members of the community to the afterschool setting to share in the learning process:
Family Time: a generic and customizable Family Newsletter to send home containing suggestions of presentations, demonstrations, performances, or activities to do when family members attend the program to showcase studentsâ new SEL skills
Guest Speaker: sample invitation letters to send to a guest speaker that includes suggested talking points in order to focus presentations on issues and topics relevant to the SEL skill goals in the Unit
What planning and training resources are included in the Buddy Builder program?
Why This Topic?: Information sheets written for teachers to explain why a particular SEL skill is important for students to learn. Research findings are distilled and explained in laymenâs terms, and suggestions are provided about how teachers can support the development of each skill in everyday interactions with their students.
Scripted Instruction Cards: Handout that provides instructions about how to introduce, lead, and debrief from an activity. Each Instructions Card also suggests ideas for variations on the activity, in case teachers have students in their group who are older, younger, developmentally or intellectually disabled, or for whom English is a second language. In addition, when relevant, teachers are provided with suggestions for continuations and extensions of an activity, in cases where they would like to extend the activity over time.
Week-at-a-Glance: List of the goals and suggested activities for each week.
Sample Weekly Calendar: Suggested calendar of activities for leading each activity in each five-day Unit.
Materials List:Information sheet of a comprehensive list of materials needed to facilitate all of the activities in a Unit.
Fidelity Checklist:Checklist including all of the activities in each Unit and spaces to note any adjustments or modifications made to any activities.
Weekly Probes:Two-minute assessments that can be administered to students to assess whether they have mastered the skills for a given unit.
Videotaped training videos:Â Brief 2-7 minute videos that show an afterschool teacher demonstrating each activity
Activity Handouts for Students (when relevant)
How does someone learn how to teach the Buddy Builder program to students?
Demonstration Videos: Teachers can watch brief videotaped training videos that show an afterschool teacher demonstrating teaching an activity to students
Webinar: Brief online webinar describing the goals, history, and composition of the program
Instruction Cards: Read the scripted instruction cards
Contact Us: Contact the program developer who will be available to answer questions.