08 Jan Foundations for Youth Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Development
Research Alliance for NYC Schools analyzes the Network’s social-emotional learning (SEL) survey data to identify “Bright Spot” sites— sites where participants experience greater growth in at least one SEL factor compared to similar young people across the Network. SSN staff, including youth interns, interview practitioners at “Bright Spot” sites to learn promising practices that they hypothesize improve their participants’ SEL.
“Bright Spot” practitioners are clear that one-off activities are not enough. Adults need to create a supportive environment in order for activities and practices to take root. Student Success Network staff captured six foundations that “Bright Spot” practitioners see as building blocks of an environment that supports youth SEL development.
Use this Reflection Tool to:
- Reflect on ways your program is currently supporting youth SEL development;
- Identify new ways to support SEL development in your program.