What We Measure: Which settings and which practices are most conducive to student social emotional learning (SEL) growth? What’s the relationship between SEL and academic outcomes? These are some of the questions SSN members approach by administering the same student self-report survey at the beginning and end of their programs. Members receive interactive visualizations of student SEL growth by site and grade level, which helps them target areas for improvement and test research-based strategies. A unique research-practitioner partnership with Research Alliance for NYC Schools guides our learning and gets us closer to answering the questions most important for the people who are closest to students. And our focus on improvement over evaluation means members use data to inform their practice and share what they’ve learned with the network.
SSN members are focused on continuously improving their programs so that more students receive the support they need and deserve. This means marrying a rigorous inquiry process with innovative ideas (from their peers and from researchers) to solve challenges and improve student outcomes.
While SSN members differ in program offerings, organizational size, and many other factors, all members strive to embody a set of principles that describe SSN’s unifying values: