Education First recently released a new report, Heeding the Call for Change: Centering Equity in Social & Emotional Learning (SEL). I had the opportunity to be interviewed during their data-gathering process and contributed perspective about how the Weikart Center’s SEL approach—that focuses on what adults need to do to create the conditions where young people are able to develop SEL skills—can shift the narrative in ways that support equity. The report has lots of interesting examples that can help advance and strengthen SEL practice.
The Forum for Youth Investment, in partnership with Learning Policy Institute and Turnaround for Children, and in association with the SoLD Alliance, recently released “Design Principles for Community-Based Settings: Putting the Science of Learning and Development Into Action”. This resource, which draws insights from the Preparing Youth to Thrive guide and references many of the Weikart Center’s resources and supports, provides practical guidance to tap into assets of community-based settings and ensure we put the science of learning and development into action in all learning settings. Our SEL youth work methods and SEL series for leaders can be helpful resources to support putting these ideas into practice.
Speaking of trainings, we have been adding events to our public training calendar and have many upcoming live virtual opportunities where we hope to see you. Click on the events below to learn more and register:
- External Assessor Reliability Trainings for the Youth, School-Age, and SEL PQAs (dates throughout fall)
- PQA Basics on October 15 from 9am-3pm ET
- Emotion-Centered Practices Learning Community Series from November 4-18
- Youth Work Management Training-of-Trainers (TOT) from November 8-18
- Planning with Data on December 1 from 12pm-6pm ET
We have also set a date for what we hope will be our first in-person Methods TOT since December 2019! It will be April 25-28, 2022, in Ypsilanti, MI. Registration is not yet open, but please fill out our TOT interest form if you hope to attend.
Have a wonderful day,
Kimberly H. Robinson, Ph.D. | (she, her, hers)
Managing Director, David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality
Executive Vice President, The Forum for Youth Investment