Jennifer Peck (Partnership for Children and Youth) and David Plank (Policy Analysis for California Education) authored a commentary in EdSource entitled, Summer and after-school programs can promote social and emotional learning. They discuss the value of social emotional skills in 21st Century education and promote the importance of educators and expanded learning leaders working together. They write:
Now, with new understanding about the value of social-emotional learning, there’s a unique opportunity to build on the synergy between the school day and after-school and summer programs at other times – a synergy that gives students consistent supports and opportunities all day and all year long.
But this change won’t happen without schools and their after-school and summer partners intentionally working to understand each other’s goals, priorities and language, establishing mechanisms and systems to coordinate their efforts, and jointly assessing their progress toward building students’ social-emotional learning skills.
They go on to discuss important SEL resources that are written with both educators and expanded learning leaders in mind. READ THE FULL COMMENTARY HERE.
Sam Piha is the founder and principal of Temescal Associates, a consulting group dedicated to building the capacity of leaders and organizations in education and youth development.