SEL Demonstration Initiative: Measuring Social and Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time

By Katherine Plog Martinez, Kiley Bednar, Karen Pittman, Poonam Borah from Forum for Youth Investment and David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

Lessons learned from four out-of-school time networks implementing a continuous quality improvement process focused on social and emotional learning.

In 2017-2018, the Forum for Youth Investment and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality partnered with the Susan Crown Exchange and four out-of-school time networks to learn more about integrating social and emotional measures and improvement supports in to a continuous quality improvement process.

For more on the four networks, please see the SEL Demonstration Initiative Spotlights.

After-School All-Stars LA Chapter, Los Angeles, CA

Beyond the Bell, Milwaukee, WI

School’s Out Washington, Seattle/Tacoma, WA

Sprockets, St. Paul, MN

In the SEL Demonstration Initiative, we sought to understand how SEL measures administered as part of a continuous quality improvement process impacted learning and staff practices. Research questions included:

• What supports are necessary to integrate new, explicit SEL supports into a continuous quality improvement system?

• What are the staff experiences with these supports?

• What recommendations do providers have for other networks or organizations that want to measure SEL in relation to both youth outcomes and youth program quality?

Lessons learned are highlighted in the Case Study, accessible by clicking the Download button to the right. Findings and recommendations will support programs and networks in launching their own SEL aligned continuous quality improvement systems.

This case study was included in a feature resource by the Susan Crown Exchange, Implementing Social and Emotional Learning, highlighting three national organizations who focused on implementing social and emotional learning practices within their networks of youth-serving organizations.

Learn more about the best practices for social and emotional learning.

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