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Effective Practices to Cultivate Social and Emotional Learning in the Middle and High School Years

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Date Developed: n.a.. Source: Afterschool Alliance. Presenter(s): Celene Domitrovich, Linda Dusenbury, Jitendrapal Kundan, Penny Willis, and Ursula Helminski. Type: Webinar Archive. Level: Intermediate. Length: 60 minutes.


By now, we have all heard and read about the importance of “non-cognitive skills,” also referred by many other terms including social and emotional skills, 21st Century learning skills, or growth mindset, in the adolescent years. But for many out-of-school time programs, it is still difficult to navigate the various terms, definitions and frameworks designed to specify the key personal and social competencies needed by youth to be healthy, caring, and contributing individuals. Even more challenging is to know how to promote these competencies. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has been at the leading edge of research and practice in the field of social and emotional learning (SEL).

This webinar provides leaders and practitioners with guidance on how to integrate the various frameworks for youth competence and implement effective strategies that create supportive environments for SEL. CASEL has conducted a systematic review of programs with proven SEL outcomes and has looked across those programs to identify common structures and practices. Several SEL program providers will also participate in the webinar to illustrate these and describe their approach to building social and emotional competence in young people. Based on extensive research, this webinar will focus on how to apply what is known from effective SEL programs to your own work with youth in OST programs.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.