Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI)

The Wallace Foundation has chosen six communities to receive four-year implementation grants to strengthen social and emotional learning partnerships between schools and after-school programs. This is part of its Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning initiative, a new, multiyear effort to strengthen local partnerships that promote SEL.

The five communities working with CASEL are: Boston, Dallas, Denver, Palm Beach County, and Tulsa.

The initiative will provide SEL programming and support to roughly 15,000 children in kindergarten through fifth grade through a phased approach involving up to seven pilot schools in each city.

In the first year of the initiative, each district/out-of-school-time pair shared grants ranging from $1 million to $1.5 million. Participating communities also received other support, including technical assistance by CASEL, the Forum for Youth Investment, and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

The first year of implementation focused on community systems and building capacity for SEL work in schools. CASEL coaches provided teams with planning support, professional learning opportunities, and regular strategic thinking sessions. The communities were also invited to participate in the CASEL Professional Learning Series and Cross-Districts Convening.

The 2018-19 school year has been named “The Year of the Site.” Efforts by Wallace program officers and CASEL technical assistance will build capacity and systems at the campus and out-of-school-time provider levels to support SEL for staff and students. Training and strategy sessions will continue to be provided, including a focus on coaching for SEL.

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