BEAR Project - Waco ISD

Equipping our community to Be Emotionally Aware and Responsive
A partnership between Waco Independent School District and Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.

Mission Statement
The Be Emotionally Aware and Responsive (BEAR) Project seeks to engage schools and families in the development of internal and external emotional resources that will contribute to the social and academic success of our children and strengthen our schools, families, and community.

Project Scope
The BEAR Project’s goal is to equip our community to be more emotionally aware and responsive. Healthy communities are the product of healthy relationships. Healthy relationships require trust, commitment, hard work, and the development of skills that equip us to cross boundaries and bridge gaps. We seek to facilitate healthy relationship building between schools and families. Our aim is to help build rich learning environments where all can thrive and grow. Kids need to stay in the classroom in order to learn and improve academically. In order to stay in the classroom, the school and the students both have responsibilities. The school’s responsibility is to provide an environment that is welcoming, accepting of different expressions and personalities, and safe for all learners. The student’s responsibility is to understand and learn to regulate their own emotions and behaviors in a way that fosters communication and learning possibilities. BEAR Project staff teach pro-social skills and emotional and behavioral regulation to students with the aim of functioning well in a classroom environment. In order to see long-term results, we also know the importance of including the student’s family as part of our work. To understand the student, the family must also be engaged and an effective, working relationship built with them.

Other Baylor Partners
The Baylor School of Education also works alongside the GSSW and Waco ISD on this project.