Planning Tool

The In-School and Afterschool Social and Emotional Learning Connection: A Planning Tool

By Staff from American Institutes for Research

A new resource designed to help afterschool program staff and school staff identify ways to collaborate to support social and emotional skill building. The brief and tool provide an overview of recent policy developments and research as well as tips and information on how schools and afterschool programs can better collaborate on SEL.

As noted in AIR’s Beyond the Bell: Research to Action in the Afterschool and Expanded Learning Field brief, Linking Schools and Afterschool Through Social and Emotional Learning, school-day and afterschool programs must work together to support young people as they develop. Although research shows that both in-school and afterschool staff find social and emotional learning (SEL) important, the ways in which these different settings support young people vary.

This tool, designed by AIR, is designed for afterschool and in-school staff first to reflect independently on their goals for SEL and think about what is currently being done in each setting to support young people in their social and emotional development, and then to discuss how best to work collaboratively toward a common goal.

The tool is divided into three parts. Part I is for afterschool program leaders or staff to complete. Part II is for the school principal and other relevant school personnel to complete. Part III is for the afterschool and school staff to discuss and collaboratively plan.

Further Reading

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

Download the guide