SEL Initiative 2022-2023

Updated October 17, 2022.

Set the SEL Stage at Your OST Program

This month we launched the very first cohort of the Prime Time SEL Initiative (SELI), drawing on the lessons learned from the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI) on best practices in implementing social emotional learning (SEL) in out-of-school time spaces.

The four participating sites in the 2022-2023 yearlong cohort pilot are Adopt a Family, Greenacres Afterschool, Guatemalan Mayan Center South Grade and Hope Centennial Afterschool. At the pre-launch SEL Leadership session in September, cohort OST Directors and key staff explored SEL best practice based on PSELI RAND findings, received peer mentoring from Diamond View Afterschool Director based on his PSELI experiences in 7 to 7 SEL implementation and spent time planning their site goals for the year.   Approximately 25 OST staff members are currently participating in weekly professional development to build adult social emotional skills (Adult SEL Series) as a foundation to a positive climate and culture in afterschool.

This cohort will also be receiving specialized SEL professional learning and coaching supports to explicitly teach social emotional skills to youth in afterschool through regular mindfulness-based SEL practice using the Inner Explorer Classroom application and other curricula tools within an Afternoon Meeting structure.

What is Afternoon Meeting? 

The Afternoon Meeting is the out-of-school time complement to the Morning Meeting that helps to ensure continued SEL skill-building with a 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. focus. Morning/Afternoon Meeting is an interactive group practice that teaches explicit social and emotional skills to youth. Morning/Afternoon meetings are rooted in the Responsive Classroom approach, a social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum that is implemented in K-12 schools nationwide.

The Afternoon Meeting, like the Morning Meeting, entails an intentional circle gathering where the adult models and facilitates four activity segments, namely, the Greeting, the Sharing, the Activity and the Message.

Afternoon Meeting Lesson Plans

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Knellee bisram

SEL Specialist

SEL Stories from the Field

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