This initiative is part of the 2019-20 WISE Accelerator Cohort. 

What they do

AskMyClass helps teachers add social-emotional learning into their lessons, with minimal prep and training. AskMyClass is an affordable SEL assistant that makes it easy for K-5 teachers to learn, infuse, and measure vital life skills in their day. Teachers and students learn from web-based mini-lessons, and then practice multiple times a day by asking the classroom Alexa device for AskMyClass activities. We can report usage and impact each week to teachers and principals.

Why it matters

Social-emotional skills are the management, organizational, and collaborative skills we all need to succeed in school and work and contribute positively to our communities. They include emotion & stress management, relationship-building, decision-making, and creative problem-solving. The health and economic benefits are widely known, with every $1 invested in social-emotional learning (SEL) returning $11 to society. This is why SEL is mandated in 37 states in the U.S.A. Yet only 1 in 5 teachers feel well-prepared to teach these skills.

Traction so far

AskMyClass soft-launched in September 2018, testing ways to successfully integrate our ask-and-get activities on Alexa. In 10-months, 2,031 classroom teachers have used AskMyClass. In this new school year, we’re expanding our SEL activities to include interactive social stories and individual emotional support for students.

September 13, 2019 (last update 01-02-2021)