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Social-Emotional Learning

What is social-emotional learning?
As defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Why is social-emotional learning important?
A broad body of research has proven that social-emotional learning skills are essential to success in school, work, and life. California’s new Common Core and Next Generation science standards, among other education efforts, are leading schools to recognize that SEL is an essential component of short and long term student success.

What is expanded learning’s role in social-emotional learning?
By their design and structure, high-quality expanded learning programs provide valuable opportunities for youth to develop SEL skills. Youth development practices that are embedded in after school and summer programs are consistent with the strategies that promote social-emotional learning. By working together, school day and expanded learning programs can provide a coherent day-long, year-long set of supports with profound benefits for students’ social-emotional success.

PCY’s work on SEL

Expanded Learning 360°/365:
Expanded Learning 360°/365 is a statewide initiative to help school districts and their expanded learning partners improve, and better align, their SEL strategies.

Expanded Learning 360°/365 is a partnership between ASAPconnect, the California School-Age Consortium, the Partnership for Children & Youth, and Temescal Associates. For more information about the collaborative work of Expanded Learning 360°/365, visit their website.

360°/365 Professional Learning Community:
PCY partners with 10 school districts across California in a professional learning community (PLC) designed to improve and increase the consistency of their SEL approaches across the school day and expanded learning environments. The PLC includes seven California Office for Reforming Education (CORE) districts that are implementing a comprehensive evaluation system including SEL indicators, and three districts that are not part of CORE. The participating districts are:

Fresno
Garden Grove
Los Angeles
Oakland
Sacramento
San Francisco
San Leandro
San Rafael
Santa Ana
Visalia

Communications and Resources:
Information from the 360°/365 PLC feeds papers, tools, and presentations that lift up lessons learned, promising practices, and useful resources from the PLC to support other districts and to help policymakers understand the valuable contribution ELO can make in supporting SEL efforts across the day and year.

To date, PCY has published a number of SEL briefs, including:

Student Success Comes Full Circle: Leveraging Expanded Learning Opportunities

Finding Common Ground: Connecting Social-Emotional Learning During and Beyond the School Day

Measuring Quality: Assessment Tools to Evaluate Your Social-Emotional Practices

As the 360°/365 districts’ work progresses, more tools and information will be disseminated.

Policy and Advocacy:
PCY is simultaneously engaged with statewide and national partners who are similarly interested in emerging SEL practice. PCY serves as both a convener and facilitator of district and expanded learning leaders, policymakers, intermediary organizations, and researchers around topics such as practices, resources, and strategies that can support SEL practice in expanded learning.

A prime example of PCY’s national and state presence is the emerging work of the California Department of Education in the Collaborating States Initiative (CSI). California is a new member of this national effort by CASEL to integrate SEL practices and standards with state education policy. PCY will sit on California’s CSI planning team, bringing its ELO perspective and its real-world experience with the 360°/365 districts.

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