Nurturing Social-Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time

Nurturing Social-Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time

An initiative to support organizations in Silicon Valley working to help secondary school students build non-cognitive skills resulted in moderate to large gains in terms of their mindsets, learning strategies, and social skills, an evaluation of the Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative finds. Funded by the Sand Hill, Packard, and Sobrato Family foundations, the report, Nurturing Social-Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time: Lessons Learned From the Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative (105 pages, PDF), found that majorities of participating students reported an increase in interest in learning (81 percent), academic motivation (80 percent), confidence in their ability to reflect (76 percent) and think critically (76 percent), and empathy (74 percent) and relationships with peers (76 percent). Lessons learned include the need to create a safe learning environment for service providers; provide flexibility for customization, experimentation, and iteration in developing curricula; provide clear guidance with respect to data collection; and develop a strategy to address staff turnover at every level.