January 21, 2021
It might be poetic to say social and emotional learning (SEL) just feels right. But where are the data? Consider highlights from Early Lessons From School and Out-of-School Time Programs Implementing Social and Emotional Learning. The scope of the data collection used by the RAND Corporation in the publication of these findings leaves little doubt about the impact social and emotional learning can have, especially when early lessons from implementation are shared. In response to these clearly defined lessons that are most closely linked to successful efforts, you can consult corresponding tools from Y4Y’s Social and Emotional Learning course to thaw a data-driven path to connecting with students on nonacademic areas of growth and development.
- Develop the SEL skills of students and adults. Check out Y4Y’s Rubric for Assessing Social and Emotional Competencies.
- Seek support from your school districts and out-of-school time (OST) intermediary organizations. Check out Y4Y’s Social and Emotional Learning Implementation Planning Checklist and Assigning Roles and Responsibilities tool.
- Develop a common language for SEL that can build shared understanding of the terminology among school and OST staffers. Get on the same page with Y4Y’s Social and Emotional Learning Competencies Match Game and Practice Frameworks for Social and Emotional Learning.
- Set aside staff time for clear and frequent communication. Y4Y offers two Trainings to Go for SEL: Integrating Social and Emotional Learning and Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning.
- Document and formalize SEL routines and practices, such as protected time for SEL in the school/OST schedule, so they can survive staff turnover. See Y4Y’s Delivery Methods for Social and Emotional Learning and Social Emotional Learning Activity Intentional Design Planner.
Be sure to check out all the course tools as your program implements its own SEL initiative, and remember that each tool is customizable to your specific needs.