A growing amount of research suggests that social and emotional learning skills are linked to long-term positive outcomes for students beyond their time in school. Boston has been awarded the opportunity to once again lead the field of education through the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative. Boston is one of six cities chosen by the Wallace Foundation to participate in this six year initiative to determine whether and how elementary students will benefit if schools and their out-of-school time partners work together to foster their social and emotional learning skills.
Boston After School & Beyond and Boston Public Schools believe that these skills can be taught and applied across many settings, supporting our vision of success for all students in school, college, career, and life. Using the ACT Framework and the Boston Public Schools SEL Standards, we categorize these skills three ways: intrapersonal skills to support the development of a positive sense of self, interpersonal skills to support healthy relationships, and applied skills to solve problems and support decision making. To support the development of these skills in our students, we will improve adult practices and climate before, during, and after school. By aligning school and after school language, vision, and practices in social and emotional learning, we expect students to thrive, and their communities to be strengthened.
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A Nation At Hope: Aspen SEAD
Navigate and read through the full report here.
Kernels of Practice for SEL
Click here to read the Wallace Foundation research brief for educators on SEL “kernels of practice.”
Navigating Social-Emotional Learning from the Inside Out
Click here to read the full Wallace Foundation report.
PSELI Press Release
Click here to read the original joint press release from BASB and BPS regarding the Partnerships for Social-Emotional Learning Initiative.