CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Metropolitan School District has become a model for social and emotional learning and it's a result of the SuccessTech shootings nearly seven years ago.
The SuccessTech tragedy, in which a 14 year old student wounded four people then took his own life, prompted the school district to implement a series of social emotional programs, called ' Humanware.' One of them is PATHS, Providing Alternative Thinking Strategies.
Students in grades Pre-K through five are taught how to recognize and manage their emotions and resolve problems peacefully.
"We stop and calm down, we think about the problem, and then we find a way to solve it," fifth grader Ty'Shari Otis-Johnson said.
"Since we put Humanware into place, we have seen a 40 percent decrease in our serious incidents," Denine Goolsby, executive director of Humanware, said. "Schools are starting to recognize a decrease in referrals to the office."
PATHS Worldwide has named two Cleveland schools, Memorial and Clark, model schools for the program. They'll be honored at the Worldwide PATHS Education Conference being held Thursday and Friday in Cleveland.
"It's taken some time like change does but we're starting to now see the fruits of our labor," Goolsby said.