OMI was founded in 2001; it was the first charter school to be sponsored by the state as well as the first public military school. Serving a diverse, socio-economically disadvantaged community for grades 6 through 12, the college preparatory academy is focused on changing lives and creating successful college-bound leaders while instilling a strong ethic that prioritizes honor, leadership and self discipline. OMI believes in meeting students where they are and does what it takes to support students to “Do well – whatever you do.” OMI focuses on excellence in all aspects, including academics, leadership, citizenship and athletics.
At the beginning of 2017, staff members from OMI visited Caliber Enrichment, who had begun using mindfulness practices to begin each school day. After seeing the positive response from Caliber’s students and teachers first hand, they decided to implement their own social emotional learning (SEL) program.
In the spring of 2017 one middle school and one high school classroom began piloting the Move This World’s social-emotional learning program. Move This World’s program provides PreK-12 educators and students with evidence-based, developmental digital tools to strengthen their social and emotional wellbeing. Through short videos that open and close instructional time, the program ritualizes a daily practice of identifying, expressing and managing emotions in healthy ways. After observing student success throughout the pilot, the program was implemented across the school in the 2017-2018 school year.