Children benefit when schools and out-of-school-time (OST) programs partner to improve social and emotional learning (SEL). Case studies from six communities illustrate approaches to implementing SEL.
Sep 15, 2022
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Through a six-year project called The Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI), The Wallace Foundation seeks to explore whether and how students will benefit if adults in schools and out-of-school time (OST) programs work together to align and improve experiences and climate to foster social and emotional learning. This work includes helping students develop skills such as empathy, teamwork, persistence, and goal-setting, and helping adults develop the competencies needed to promote this skill development among the students with whom they work.
Wallace selected six communities—Boston, Dallas, Denver, Palm Beach County, Tacoma, and Tulsa—to receive four-year implementation grants beginning in school year 2017–2018 and running through 2020–2021. The Wallace Foundation awarded the PSELI implementation grants jointly to the school district and the Out of School Time Intermediary (OSTI) organization, and each of these partners enacted intensive SEL supports in elementary schools that partnered with out-of-school time (OST) programs.
The Wallace Foundation has two goals for PSELI: for local partners to strengthen their capacity to deliver benefits to children in their communities, and for PSELI to develop new knowledge that will be useful to the field. In service of each goal, The Wallace Foundation has commissioned RAND to serve as the research partner on the initiative.
RAND is publishing seven reports about PSELI, of which the first was released in 2020 about early implementation lessons. In 2022, RAND released six case studies spotlighting specific approaches to implementing SEL and a cross-cutting report to summarize the case studies and highlight shared themes. Our future reports will examine children’s outcomes and the sustainability and adaptation of SEL in the six communities.
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To address the study goals, RAND is carrying out the following data collection activities: