By Sam Piha
As social emotional learning becomes accepted as a vital part of youth programming, there is a growing number of resources for program leaders. Social emotional learning should not be seen as a "pile on" to the California Quality Standards for Expanded Learning Programs. Instead, SEL should be seen as intertwined with the Quality Standards.
Below, we offer two resources that have become available.
1) Temescal Associates and the California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC) worked together to design a series of program trainings based on the social emotional and character building framework (I AM, I BELONG, I CAN) developed by the Expanded Learning 360°/365 project. Those trainings are offered by CalSAC free of cost and you can get more information here.
2) The Susan Crown Exchange recently released an SEL Field Guide. We quote their announcement below.
"The SEL Field Guide is LIVE!
The 21st Century demands a modern approach to social and emotional learning.
In 2014, SCE launched the SEL Challenge to explore how young people are best supported in developing skills like empathy, teamwork, problem solving, and more. We gathered a learning community of researchers, expert practitioners and evaluators to study the practices of 8 exemplary programs with a proven track record of transforming the lives of teens.
The result of this work is the SEL field guide, Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices for Social and Emotional Learning, available for download at SELpractices.org.
Visit the site to learn how your organization can support SEL skill building and improve outcomes for youth."
Sam Piha is the founder and principal of Temescal Associates, a consulting group dedicated to building the capacity of leaders and organizations in education and youth development.