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Whole Child Ed and Advocacy

Whole Child Education is central to our Mission and Vision at Westgate. Whole Child Education at Westgate combines Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Physical Education, and Environmental Education to provide a foundation for all students to thrive.



What is Advocacy?

Advocacy classes are first and foremost a time for students to build supportive relationships with their peers and with an adult they can trust. It is a time for everyone to feel recognized and welcomed into the school community. During this daily block, students meet with their faculty Advocate to engage in activities that support their social and emotional growth, career readiness, and academic success. These sessions provide students with opportunities for positive peer interaction, life skills development, and coaching to overcome educational, personal, and social barriers to educational attainment. A successful Advocacy program is a powerful tool for creating a positive school culture where our whole community can succeed. Please see the 2019-2020 SEL Themed Advocacy calendar below. ALL students will be learning these themes throughout the year. 

Why do we call it "Advocacy"?

Generation Schools NetworkTM has intentionally chosen the word "Advocacy" to describe this program. We believe the term Advocacy embodies the true goal, a program driven by facilitators who effectively advocate for their students and teach students how to advocate for themselves. Teachers are called "Advocates" to represent the proactive role they play in empowering their students to build positive futures.

Advocacy Scope and Sequence




School Wide Theme:

Starting Strong and Self Awareness


Possible Sub Topics:

Relationship/ Team Building

Social Integration

Academic Tools

School Culture

Time Management/ Organization

Who Am I?

Teamwork and Collaboration

Goal Setting


What is happening this month?

National Hispanic Heritage Month


Learning Goal: Students will have the opportunity to learn about themselves and also their community and classmates.


Students will learn about their school environment, how to use and treat their spaces and tools, and how to navigate school.



School Wide Theme:



Possible Sub Topics:

Physical Regulation

Emotional Regulation

Cognitive Regulation

Staying Healthy and Happy

The Importance of Sleep

Coping Skills

Identifying and Managing Emotions



Learning Goal: Students will learn why themselves or others may become dysregulated, what dysregulation may look or feel like, and how to respond and regulate.







School Wide Theme:

Bullying Prevention


Possible Sub Topics:

Bullying 101

Mean vs. Bullying

Being an Upstander

Enough Protocol

Kindness Boxes – Celebrate Kindness



Learning Goal: Students will learn what bullying is, they will learn specific ways that they can stand up to bullying, and they will also learn how to prioritize kindness. Students will gain tools which will empower them to use their voice and become upstanders.


What is happening this month?

National Bullying Prevention Month



School Wide Theme:

Optimism and Gratitude


Possible Sub Topics:

Cognitive shifts – change your brain!

Giving Thanks

Glass Half Full Thinking

Daily Practice and Habit Building


Learning Goal: Students will understand optimist – what is it and why is it important? Students will examine their own mindsets and actively practice optimism.


Students will learn about the importance of gratitude, they will practice gratitude every day throughout the month, and they will research the science of habit building, with the goal of creating habits for daily gratitude.



What is happening this month?




School Wide Theme:




Possible Sub Topics:

Stress Management

Mindful Movements

Mindful Art


The importance of being in silence (current research)


Learning Goal: Students will learn different forms of mindfulness and challenge their assumptions about what mindfulness is. Students will practice mindfulness through a variety of methods, including stillness, art, movement, and music.


What is happening this month?




School Wide Theme:




Possible Sub Topics:

Self-kindness vs. Self-judgment

Common Humanity vs. Isolation

Mindfulness vs. Overidentification

The Power to Say NO

Love yo’ self!



Self-compassion versus self-esteem


Learning Goal: Students will learn the basic tenets of self-compassion (self-kindness vs. self-judgment, common humanity vs. isolation, mindfulness vs. overidentification). Students will examine their own places for growth and they will change their negative self-talk into positive mantras.


What is happening this month?

New Year 2020




School Wide Theme:

Healthy Relationships


Possible Sub Topics:


Respecting Beliefs and Opinions

Learning to Solve Problems

Learning to Listen
Good Manners

Treating one another well


Learning Goal: Students will learn about how to develop and feed/ maintain healthy relationships. Students will learn how to treat all people respectfully. Students will learn how to identify unhealthy friendships and relationships and how to advocate for one’s needs.


What is happening this month?

Valentine’s Day

Westgate Kindness Week

Black History Month

Feb. 12-18 – Random Acts of Kindness




School Wide Theme:

Growth Mindset and Grit


Possible Sub Topics:



Reframing Failure


Learning Goal: Students will learn about growth mindset vs. fixed mindsets. They will examine their own mindsets and practice developing a growth mindset in places that may have been fixed. Students will learn the concept of grit and they will learn to accept failure as progress.


What is happening this month?

State Testing



School Wide Theme:
We Love the Environment!


Possible Sub Topics:




What is happening this month?

Earth Month/ Earth Day

April 2nd – World Autism Awareness Day







School Wide Theme:

Overall Wellness


Possible Sub Topics:

Physical wellness

The importance of sleep

Coping with Stress


Learning Goal: Students will learn about general wellness and how wellness impacts our own mental health. In alignment with mental health awareness month, students will identify areas of growth for their own wellness, and they will create a self-care plan.


What is happening this month?

Mental Health Awareness Month







Have a great summer!