The five C.A.R.E.S. (Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control) social and emotional competencies are the core of the Fly Five curriculum. These competencies are needed for almost every social relationship and for success in the workplace (Gauvain 2018; Fehr & Schurtenberger 2018); for improving willingness to seek help, express needs, and develop self-confidence (Saint Louis 2019); for the ability to contribute to a civil classroom, school, workplace, community, and society, which is a prerequisite for global citizenship (Williams 2008); for becoming a better peer, friend, colleague, and family member (Miller 2019); and for achievement in school and accomplishment outside of school (Duckworth & Seligman, 2005).
The ability to establish new relationships, to maintain positive relationships and friendships, to avoid social isolation, to resolve conflicts, to accept differences, to be a contributing member of the classroom and community in which one lives, works, learns, and plays.
The ability to take initiative, to stand up for one’s ideas without hurting or negating others, to seek help, to persevere with a challenging task, and to recognize one’s individual self as separate from the environment, circumstances, or conditions one is in.
The ability to motivate oneself to act and follow through on expectations; to define a problem, consider the consequences, and choose a positive solution.
The ability to recognize, appreciate, or understand another’s state of mind or emotions; to be receptive to new ideas and perspectives; and to see, appreciate, and value differences and diversity in others.
The ability to recognize and regulate one’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in order to be successful in the moment and remain on a successful trajectory.