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Social & Emotional Superheroes: Empathy, Optimism and Making Good Choices


This program is the first in a series but it can also stand alone.


The series is a look at basic social and emotional learning principles taught through the edu-tainment lens of music and performance. This lesson focuses on identifying the feelings of ourselves and of others, making good choices and developing optimism.


Students will use the zones of regulation as a framework for identifying emotions within ourselves and in others. While understanding that Any Way You Feel, It’s OK, teachers will model using their diverse “superpowers” to get back to the “green zone,” which is the zone from which we can make the best decisions. When we know that our emotional intelligence is growing and we are making good decisions, it becomes easier to practice the skill of optimism: the anticipation of joy.


Length: 1 class period (flexible)

Target Audience: grades 5-12


Up to 100 participants via Zoom Webinar or one full class via standard video conferencing call.

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Program Details

This program is taught by multiple teachers including one distance learning professional and one professional musician. The participation flows naturally between teachers and students through active discussion.


  1. Meet and Greet
  2. Zones of regulation
  3. Superpowers get you back to the green zone
  4. Empathy
  5. Optimism


  1. Identify the feelings that correlate to each color of the zones of regulation grid.
  2. Apply the zones of regulation to our emotional state and to the emotional state of others.
  3. Analyze our own diverse skill set to identify our superpowers that get us back to the green zone.
  4. Understand that the green zone is the best place from which to make good decisions.
  5. Recognize optimism as the anticipation of joy and as a skill that needs to be developed.