The GoEQ™ Curriculum is the result of a collective dream to bring the principles of emotional intelligence and holistic mental and physical health to children and adolescents. The project was initiated by the Pacific Judicial Council (PJC) who approached our founder, Dr. Neil Nedley, with the request to create an EQ curriculum for grades 1-12 in 2021 for the purpose of reducing mental illness, drug abuse, and violence.
Nedley Health Solutions jumped at the chance to take the material used in college classes and make it available to students of all ages. By partnering with multiple educators, mental health professionals, designers, and writers, Nedley Health Solutions formed a curriculum development team.
Using the rich background of scientific research presented in Dr. Nedley’s previously published books and resources on mental health, the curriculum team crafted a holistic, engaging program for students of all ages.
In August 2021, lessons were tested for the first time at the Weimar K-8 Elementary School in California. “Testing lessons for the first time was exciting! We saw the curriculum come alive in the classroom and change students’ lives. One particularly difficult third grader began practicing self-control and emotion regulation strategies in the classroom and at home. His mother said, “I’ve never seen my son so calm. This program is truly amazing! It has completely transformed our family.” Following the initial testing and revision of the curriculum, the team flew to Guam to present the GoEQTM Curriculum for piloting to the PJC and Departments of Education from participating islands.
Beginning in January 2022, select public schools from Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Chook, Pohnpei, CNMI, Yap, Kosrae, and American Samoa piloted the GoEQTM Curriculum. In the initial pilot study run by the PJC, 21 schools taught the program and at least 500 students attended classes where the GoEQTM curriculum was taught. Following the curriculum pilot project, a reporting conference was held in December 2022 where teachers shared data collected and testimonies from their classrooms.
Today, the GoEQ™ Curriculum is being implemented in many more public school classrooms in this region. The GoEQ™ curriculum team continues working hard to develop new lessons and adapt content for use in schools throughout North America as we seek to bring emotional brilliance to every child and adolescent.