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Host: Lucas Held, director of communications at The Wallace Foundation 


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Colleen Galvin Labbe, social and emotional learning instructional coach for the Boston Public Schools 

Kimberley Williams, former principal of Joyce Kilmer School in Boston

“When you consider coaching as a lever for SEL, you have to understand that you're going to get the outcomes and impact from that position and role.... When you have a coach, you have a person who helps keep the many competing demands, that it helps to keep SEL at the center of the work that's happening.” – Kimberley Williams

The Partnerships for Social Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI) is a comprehensive, multiyear initiative exploring whether and how children can benefit from intentional partnerships between schools and out-of-school time programs focused on building social and emotional skills – and what it takes to do the work. A report by the RAND Corporation offers important insights from the first two years of the initiative at a time when interest in SEL is outstripping empirical guidance about how to implement these programs and practices.

​The communities found that having designated SEL coaches made a big difference. The coaches helped teachers and staff in out-of-school time programs adopt SEL instruction, demonstrated practices and gave feedback on how to improve. ​

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