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SEL/Character Building Promising Practices

As more focus is put on social emotional learning (SEL) and character building in expanded learning programs, we are interested in highlighting practices and programs that are doing great work in this area. Temescal Associates is assembling a promising practices briefing paper, offering practices from expanded learning programs (outside of the classroom) that promote SEL and character building. We are coordinating this effort with the Expanded Learning Division of CDE, the California Afterschool Network, and the Expanded Learning 360°/365 project.

We are interested in practices that support adults (organizations and staff) and/or actual day-to-day practices with youth. We understand that you may be using different language to describe SEL/Character building, but for the purposes of this paper, we will use the 360°/365 framework (We Are, We Belong, We Can), as shown below. Feel free to let us know if you are naming skills differently. You can read more about these concepts by clicking here. A two-page infographic can be found here

What are you doing in expanded learning programs that promotes these abilities and skills? (One example that support youth might be “check in circles”, where youth are asked to reflect on their day and how they are doing at this moment. These circles promote self-awareness and self-management, or “We Are”, as well as social awareness and interpersonal skills, or "We Belong".  An example of a practice that support adult staff might be a facilitation training that promotes the skills of adult leaders and prepares them for a variety of responses that may emerge during these check in circles. Another example of practice that supports adults is a similar check in process at staff meetings).

We invite you to submit your practices by completing this form by April 15, 2018. If you have more than three practices, you can fill out this form as many times as needed. 

Thank you very much for your time!

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4. Can expanded learning program leaders contact you if they want to learn more about your practices?   *This question is required.
6. How long has your program been operating at your site?  *This question is required.
7. How long have you been in the field of education or expanded learning?  *This question is required.