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Social and Emotional Learning in After School Programming Jennifer Miller. 21 st Century Learning Community Summit January 21, 2013. Jennifer Miller, M.Ed. Senior Educational Consultant on SEL. 19 years working on prevention/social competence promotion with educators Parent – family coaching

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Social and Emotional Learning in After School ProgrammingJennifer Miller

21st Century Learning Community Summit

January 21, 2013

Jennifer Miller, M.Ed.Senior Educational Consultant on SEL

  • 19 years working on prevention/social competence promotion with educators

  • Parent – family coaching

  • Author, Confident Parents, Confident Kids

  • 7 years guiding United Way and Toledo Public Schools in SEL

  • Former Director, Safety, Health and Nutrition at Ohio Dept. of Education

  • Former Director of Illinois Initiatives, CASEL

  • Former Executive Director, Center for Peace Education, Cincinnati


  • Greeting

  • Group Activity

  • Sharing

  • Agenda Review and Purpose

  • Video of “Breakfast Club” Program

  • What is SEL and why is it critical?

  • Practical Ideas for Integrating SEL

  • Discussion – Your Ideas

  • Resources, Thumbs Evaluation and Closing

Social and Emotional Learning

Development of skills to promote

and maintain positive,

collaborative relationships

and contribute to learning.

CASEL Framework for SEL

(1) Create Learning Environments

  • Safe

  • Caring

  • Well-managed

  • Participatory



To School




and Success

in School

and Life

(2) Provide Social and Emotional Competency Instruction


Social awareness


Relationship skills


decision making

Less Risky

Behavior, More

Assets, &



CASEL, Safe and Sound, 2003



Responsible decision-making

social &


Recognizing one’s emotions and values as well as one’s strengths and limitations

Social awareness



Making ethical, constructive

choices about personal

and social behavior

Managing emotions and

behaviors to achieve

one’s goals

Showing understanding and empathy for others

Forming positive relationships,

working in teams, dealing effectively with conflict

SEL Instruction

Unique opportunity in After School!

All Students need to feel a sense of:




Impact of After School on Social Skills

  • Recent meta-analysis by CASEL (2007) studied 73 programs

  • 39 programs met “SAFE” criteria:

    - sequenced (to build skills)

    - active (engaged learning)

    - focus (on personal and social skills)

    - explicit (target specific skills)


  • Youth in the 39 programs improved significantly in feelings of self confidence, school bonding and positive social behaviors, and school grades, and achievement test scores. Also reduced problem behaviors.

  • Programs that used evidence-based skill training were consistently successful.

Dare to Dream:Model SEL After School Program

Focus on SEL and service learning

Core daily components include:

- snack, homework, community building, social-emotional skill building

- service learning projects (3-4 per year)

GPAs higher, Suspensions lower


  • After school “meeting”

  • Cooperative games

  • Service learning – school and community (authentic practice)

  • Students as teachers

  • SEL lessons

  • Book studies

  • Program Leader Language and Discipline Practices – do they teach self-discipline?

Getting Started…

What is one way you can envision integrating social and emotional learning into your after school programming?

How can you deepen the social and emotional skill building practice opportunities and/or sense of community and connectedness in your program?


  • Questions?

  • Contact info and resources

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