Closing the opportunity gap requires a connected, holistic approach that integrates SEL, academic support, and navigating postsecondary pathways.
Innovating best in class measurement approaches to drive improvement, not evaluation
Leveraging data and practitioner and youth expertise to refine programmatic approaches and improve outcomes
Connecting practitioners with a growing knowledge base of what works
All members measure 7 key SEL competencies to understand students’ strengths and needs, learn how to best support their students, and answer their burning questions about SEL development.
We seek to create a truly collaborative researcher-practitioner-youth partnership that puts practitioners and youth in the drivers’ seat. We partner with Research Alliance for NYC Schools to ask youth and adults from within our network to leverage the different but equally valuable expertise of each group with the goal of improving our SEL measurement and ultimately ensuring our research is actionable and useful for members.
Through a partnership with My Student Survey, all SSN members access reports containing interactive visualizations of student SEL growth by demographics, site, and grade level (as well as program-specific breakdowns), helping them target areas for improvement in their practice and test research-based strategies. To ensure data is as high-quality as possible, members receive coaching from the SSN team around best practices for data collection.
Action-oriented groups focused on improving practices to drive SEL growth. Members “collab”orate to solve shared challenges, create innovative, data-informed solutions, and learn together how to better serve students.
The Elevating Youth Program aims to put youth at the forefront of driving change at your organizations. Youth and adult partners will both participate in sessions that provide training and experiences to build understanding and collaboration.
The Data Advisory Working Group meets regularly with Research Alliance staff, bringing their expertise to an ongoing conversation about how to improve SEL measurement and how to ensure data is actionable for practitioners.
SSN emphasizes the power of a networked improvement community: training sessions provide opportunities for member organizations to host workshops and share knowledge from their unique areas of expertise.
We leverage city-wide events and partnerships across NYC to share what works, helping more young people reach their potential.
The Resource Library is an online collection of practices, guides, tools, and research to improve academic, social, and emotional learning of young people. Student Success Network staff, members, young people, and partners contribute these resources. Use it to find, request, or add a resource.