Families and educators know that social and emotional learning isn’t confined to the classroom. It is reinforced in every setting and interaction a young person experiences. So, it makes sense for schools to collaborate with out-of-school-time programs to build students’ social and emotional skills throughout the day. That’s what schools and programs in six communities set out to do from 2017 to 2021 as part of Wallace’s Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative, as detailed in this series by the RAND Corporation.
RAND chose one partnership in every community for a set of in-depth case studies. Each report focuses on a different challenge that was widely shared by participants in the initiative and provides an example of what the challenge looked like on the ground and the levers the partners pulled for improvement. In one of the cases, the partnership between the school and its programs was in an early stage, so the researchers focused on what took place during the school day.
In addition, a summary report, which briefly describes each case and finds cross-cutting lessons from them, discusses nine factors that aided progress in carrying out social-emotional programs and practices.