Key to Me is unlocking potential today and developing competent leaders for tomorrow.
Our mission is to create strong leaders and role models for a vibrant Jewish future by infusing children with the social and emotional skills necessary to thrive in every area of life.
We envision a community in which social and emotional competencies are intentionally taught and nurtured in our schools, homes, and communal organizations.
We envision the next generation successfully embracing life’s opportunities and meeting life’s challenges with a healthy sense of self-worth and a strong and enduring commitment to Judaism.
Our Core Values
At Key to Me, we rely on the Torah as the wellspring of our values and our outlook.
We promote the teachings of our Mussar masters which hold that our emotions are the underpinning of how we learn and how we internalize that knowledge and awareness.
What is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?
SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Where Timeless Values Meets Modern Science
Within the framework of Torah values and rabbinic guidance, Key to Me nurtures five research-based SEL competencies, as articulated by CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning:
- The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior.
- The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a growth mindset.
- The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations – effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself.
- The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.
- The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
- The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
- The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.
- The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.
- The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms.
- A realistic evaluation of the consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the wellbeing of oneself and others.
“Emotional intelligence is a predictor of success in every area of life.”Sarah Chana Radcliffe, M.Ed., C. Psych.