What is the science and research base behind Social and Emotional Learning?
This lively conversation, led by Karen Pittman, reviewed the extensive process of interviews, site visits, evaluations, convenings and surveys that form the foundation of Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices in Social and Emotional Learning. Then the discussion centered around research findings and their applications for social emotional learning and continuous program improvement.
As social emotional learning continues to be a timely topic across sectors serving youth, including afterschool, education and juvenile justice, this conversation addressed key lessons and potential next steps for the field.
The session was moderated by Karen Pittman and featured Dr. Charles Smith of the Weikart Center, Haviland Rummel of SCE, and Brett Hart of the Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory. The conversation highlighted key lessons from the research that informed Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices for Social and Emotional Learning. The follow-up report to the Field Guide, Preparing Youth to Thrive: Methodologies and Findings from the Social Emotional Learning Challenge is available online at selpractices.org.