Uniting In-School and Out-of-School Time to Support Social and Emotional Needs
To foster more positive learning experiences for all children, Prime Time continues to offer and support ways adults can model and reinforce life skills. Through a countywide effort with Birth to 22 United for Brighter Futures, Prime Time and the School District have joined forces to improve outcomes for young people, supports skills such as how to manage emotions, achieve positive goals, show empathy, maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.
Parents/guardians know their children best. Life skills begin in a child’s home and are reinforced in school and in out-of-school time programs. They’re needed on playgrounds, in lunchrooms, hallways, and out-of-school settings. Out-of-school time activities also provide opportunities to practice skills like sharing, leadership, entering social situations and social inclusion. SEL is not a distraction from—and does not take time away from—school-day academic learning or afterschool homework help.
Research shows that SEL is essential for learning and increases academic performance. For example, communication, teamwork and conflict resolution are needed in school and in the workforce.
In an afterschool program, SEL might look like gathering in a circle to help youth learn more about each other or taking a moment to pause and regroup between different parts of the day.
Afterschool programs may choose SEL activities that focus on a specific topic—for example, an activity that teaches about how it feels to be excluded and shows ways to include a classmate who might feel left out. Activities such as these benefit youth of all backgrounds.
SEL Summer Institute Offers Educators Sessions on How to Leverage SEL for Equity and Inclusion
The School District of Palm Beach County and Prime Time Palm Beach County hosted the SEL Summer Institute on July 27-29, 2021. More than 570 registrants joined to attend three days of virtual pre-recorded sessions that encompassed learning experiences around the theme “Leveraging SEL for Equity and Inclusion.” Cornelius Minor (pictured below, Twitter handle @MisterMinor) joined…
Teens Leaders Connect Social and Emotional Learning to Mental Health
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Prime Time Palm Beach County invited its SEL specialist to the Teen Advisory Council (TAC) Meeting in May (See recording below). Teen leaders explored the impact mindfulness tools had on social and emotional resiliency and mental health. TAC is a group of youth who take on genuine leadership roles to help an organization,…
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