“When SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) and afterschool come together, amazing things can happen.”
Consider these three things everyone should know about SEL in afterschool:
- Research tells us that SEL and afterschool are a perfect match.
- Afterschool allows kids to learn SEL skills in a fun, engaging way.
- SEL-focused training helps afterschool providers become strong role models and mentors.
From “3 Things Everyone Should Know About SEL In Afterschool”, National Afterschool Association article
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines social and emotional learning (SEL) as an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.
The missions of the New Jersey based and national organizations below are committed to promoting SEL for youth and adults.
a. The mission of SEL4NJ is to continuously build a network of organizations and individuals in New Jersey that are committed to the importance of developing students’ social and emotional competencies, and through this collaboration, promote a systematic and intentional integration of SEL, as broadly defined, in schools and other organizations, including before and after school programming.
- NJ DCF Office of Resilience
a. The purpose of the office is to host, coordinate and facilitate statewide initiatives related to raising awareness of and creating opportunities to eradicate Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, through grassroots and community-led efforts, technical assistance and strategic support for organizations already pursuing this work.
b. NJ ACES Action Plan: offers a path toward the state’s trauma-informed/healing-centered goal through five core strategies that aim to reduce — and ultimately prevent — ACEs in NJ:
i. Achieve Trauma-Informed and Healing-Centered State Designation
ii. Conduct an ACEs Public Awareness and Mobilization Campaign
iii. Maintain Community-Driven Policy and Funding Priorities
iv. Provide Cross-Sector ACEs Training
v. Promote Trauma-Informed/Healing-Centered Services and Supports
- Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
a. CASEL’s mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of education from preschool through high school.
b. CASEL Framework
i. The “CASEL wheel,” helps cultivate skills and environments that advance students’ learning and development.
a. SEL TO THE CORE: Building from Foundational Youth Development to Support Social and Emotional Learning
b. The Wallace
Foundation: Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out -Looking Inside and Across 33 leading SEL Programs: A Practical Resource for Schools and OST Providers; Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition
i. Early Lessons from Schools and Out-of-School Time Programs Implementing Social and Emotional Learning
c. Kernels of Practice for SEL: Low-Cost, Low-Burden Strategies:
i. This brief explores the need to develop and test social and emotional learning strategies that target specific behaviors and can be taught quickly.
d. NAA: Developing Adults’ Capacity to Promote
e. NAA: Developing Partnerships with Schools to Advance SEL Efforts
SEL Competencies for Youth and Adults
CASEL, The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning defines Social Emotional Learning (SEL) “as the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.” Development and support of SEL skills in youth and the providers that serve them is of the utmost importance.
The resource guides below are based on the CASEL 5 framework, addressing five broad and interrelated areas of competence: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Organized by the 5 competencies, activities and resources are based on age range (elementary, middle, high school and adult) and guiding facilitation questions. All curated by your colleagues, New Jersey based school-age providers!
Click on any of the links below to access these SEL Competencies:
- SEL Competencies Practical Applications for Youth
- SEL Competencies Practical Applications for Adults
- SEL Competencies Practical Applications Guided Discussion
A special thank you to the providers below for their participation and contributions!
- Cindy Angelo
- Tinishia Bass
- Lauren Beretin
- Melissa Conklin
- Judy Glenn
- Antoinette Modrak
- Arshid Nabet
- Daniela Nita
- Dawn Rannie-White
- Anne Rhodes
- Darnell Scott
- Dawn Singerline