NCASE Resource Library
This 3-part podcast series on social-emotional learning (SEL) explores with researchers from Harvard's EASEL program: (1) What Is SEL and How It Has Evolved, (2) High-quality SEL and the New Navigating SEL Guide, and (3) The Intersection of SEL and Equity. Although primarily focused on schools, the ideas apply to OST, too.
This special Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) addition to the IN Afterschool Standards outlines best practices to address the needs of diverse youth and the offering of quality and culturally-responsive programming.
Online learning environments, like physical learning environments, provide opportunities for youth to learn, grow, and practice skills. In virtual learning spaces, educators must still plan program goals and a sequence of learning experiences, employ experiential education, build relationships, and promote positive youth development.
This slide show provides a summary of what parents, teachers, and Out-of-School Time (OST) providers want in summer programs for 2021 based on a combination of focus groups, interviews, and 3,031 surveys. Results indicate that parents want summer programs to prioritize their children’s social and emotional health.
These five podcasts feature promising practices from the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI). The episodes focus on developing the capacity of adults to promote SEL, building effective partnerships, the role of coaches, and coordination between school and out-of-school programs. This resource supports the COVID-19 response.
This blog by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time highlights what their research staff learned this past summer about high-quality practices in virtual programs based on conducting observations of more than 200 hours of online academic and general enrichment programming. The focus is on tips for activity design, youth engagement, and technology.
Through a survey, this research study explored what Out-of-School Time (OST) program staff need in order to feel better prepared to support the inclusion of school-aged children with special needs in their programs. Results indicated that professional development on inclusion is key to success. These findings can inform policy and programmatic decisions on professional development.
This journal article describes the Center for Study of Social Policy's Youth Thrive Framework that is based on how the research on resilience, positive youth development, neuroscience, and trauma can help lead to healthy development and well-being for youth. There are multiple examples of how the Framework can be used to modify frontline practice, policy, and organizational culture.
This article presents recommendations from the RAND Corporation report, "Getting to Work on Summer Learning." Specifically, it focuses on those recommendations related to the hiring and training of teachers for school district-run summer learning programs.
The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization of 2016 includes requirements for health and safety training. This resource provides information on health and safety professional training for Out-of-School Time (OST) providers, as required by state, plus access to research-based online training modules.