This booklet encompasses the full array of services offered by Grand Canyon University for K-12 schools. It is a testament to GCU’s continuing commitment to serving not only schools, but the educators, students,… read more →
This in-depth guide to 25 evidence-based programs—aimed at elementary schools and OST providers—offers information about curricular content and programmatic features that practitioners can use to make informed choices about their SEL programs. The first of its kind, the guide allows practitioners to compare curricula and methods across top SEL programs. It also explains how programs can be adapted from schools to out-of-school-time settings, such as afterschool and summer programs.
The ‘Discover Your Future’ Program Goal is to keep youth engaged during vulnerable after-school hours by providing them the opportunity to interact with caring mentors in a structured program environment.
The field guide sheds new light on how out-of-school programs can equip teens with valuable social and emotional skills. Inside the guide, readers will find key staff practices drilled down and described for each of the eight programs. The guide also shares narratives from staff and youth that tell the stories of how these programs are making a difference in the lives of young people each day.
Sometimes we think of mentors narrowly as those who sign up through a formal program to spend time with a young person. In addition to these formal mentors, informal or everyday mentors can be any trustworthy adult who offers support, guidance, and encouragement to help young people overcome challenges and become their best selves.
Search Institute’s newest research-to-practice initiative focuses on studying and strengthening the developmental relationships that help young people succeed. A developmental relationship helps young people attain the psychological and social skills that are essential for success in education and in life. Young people can form these relationships with their parents and family members, with their friends and peers, with staff members in their schools and programs, and with caring adults in their neighborhoods and communities. When youth have strong relationships with trusted adults in addition to their parents, they are more able to overcome challenges, engage in school, and thrive in life.
These webinars explore equity issues around development of STEM identity. The first webinar includes a tool for self-evaluation and discuss strategies to support STEM identity. The second webinar focuses on what we… read more →
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… read more →
As interest grows in how children’s attitudes, skills, and character contribute to their long-term success, the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) has recently synthesized what is known about these so-called “noncognitive” and cognitive factors – how children develop them, how they interact, at what developmental stages, and in which settings.
Researchers from CCSR will discuss the findings of their newly released report funded by The Wallace Foundation that provides evidence from child/youth development, cognitive science, psychology, and learning theory that educators, out-of-school time practitioners, policymakers, and funders can use to ground their work in a firm understanding of important goals for human development. It also aims to help schools and OST professionals think about how to design adult practices and youth experiences to reach those goals.
“Accelerating Achievement Through Summer Learning” is the latest publication by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) that is a resource for program providers, education leaders, policymakers, and funders who are making important decisions about whether and how to strengthen and expand summer learning programs as a way to accelerate student achievement.
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has released a new tool to help middle and high schools address secondary students’ need for effective social and emotional learning.
Most of this learning happens informally, rather than in a class, making OST programs important to this development!