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

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).

On this recorded Afterschool Alliance webinar, researchers from CASEL provided out-of-school time 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 also participated 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 focused on how to apply what is known from effective SEL programs to your own work with youth in OST programs.


  • Celene Domitrovich, Vice President of Research, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
  • Linda Dusenbury, Senior Research Consultant, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
  • Jitendrapal Kundan, Executive Director, The Origins Program
  • Penny Willis, Training and Program Development Specialist, Lions Quest
  • Ursula Helminski, VP, External Affairs, Afterschool Alliance (Moderator)


Which Standards does this meet? I. Safe and Healthy Environments, II. Positive Relationships
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