You have a program that works. How do you get it to benefit more people? Should you partner with other organizations? How do you make sure you stay true to the model as you grow? These are some of the questions Sam Larson, James Dearing and Thomas Backer sought to answer in their report titled “Strategies to Scale Up Social Programs.”
When asked, practitioners, policy makers and parents will quickly affirm that out-of-school time programs provide young people of all ages with opportunities to build and use their social and emotional skills.
Despite confusion over what exactly social and emotional learning (SEL) is and what this set of skills should be called, research is clear that SEL can help support the academic, personal, and professional development of young people.