Partnerships for Social & Emotional Learning Initiative Brings ‘More & Better’ into New School Year

As the Partnerships for Social & Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI) entered its third school year this September, the participating school and community partners received an extra infusion of “rocket fuel” to take their aligned SEL practices to the next level.

The Wallace Foundation, who supports the PSELI initiative across 6 U.S. cities, provided over $250,000 in additional funds to Boston’s 7 school-community sites to help them think creatively and build capacity to boost enrollment, attendance, dosage, and quality of out-of-school (OST) programming this year.

With this extra infusion of funds, our sites have been able to think broadly and differently about providing “more and better” OST opportunities to their students. Specifically:

  • Playworks is doubling the amount of time their Team Up coaches spend at specific schools, and deepening engagement with the 4th and 5th graders in their Junior Coach Leadership Program.
  • One Bead, a partner of the Thomas J. Kenny Elementary School, was onboarded to PSELI as an official partner. One Bead provides customized social impact experiences to elementary and middle school students. Boston Scores will also begin running their full programming at the Kenny School for the first time this school year.
  • Elevate Youth, which provides safe, fun, positive, and challenging outdoor experiences to youth, will begin serving 5th graders at the Hennigan K-8 School.
  • Several new partners, including Rehearsal for Life, Bird Street Community Center, City Year, Young Audiences, and Community Music Center pose the potential to join the PSELI initiative by the end of the school year as a result of this opportunity.

We are pleased to include a special acknowledgement of the William E. Russell Elementary School and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester for signing on to an additional case study project with the RAND Corporation with the goal to collect compelling qualitative data from the initiative this year!

Boston Beyond is excited to see where these new partnerships and additional capacity will take PSELI, as we seek to discover how schools and community partners can work together to provide seamless social and emotional learning experiences to Boston students, throughout the entire learning day and year.