Tool kit

Making Friends With and Without Disabilities in School: A Toolkit for Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and Parents

This toolkit offers age-appropriate strategies for maximizing opportunities for promoting friendships between youth with and without disabilities. Although not specifically geared to Out-of-School Time (OST), the strategies are applicable. Further, the toolkit could be a helpful professional development resource. 

CASEL's District Resource Center

CASEL's District Resource Center is developed in partnership with school districts that are part of the Collaborating Districts Initiative, which has recently been enhanced. This tool kit is also intended to provide resources to out-of-school programs. It is organized into four focus areas: (1) Build Foundational Support and Plan; (2) Strengthen Adult Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies and Capacity; (3) Promote SEL for Students; and (4) Practice Continuous Improvement.

Transition to Kindergarten

This toolkit is designed to help state system planners from early childhood, Head Start, and schools create plans for a successful transition to kindergarten. It includes materials like a transition and alignment summit guide, a questionnaire on transition practices, and research and resources on why transition matters and how to engage families. This information could be helpful for out-of-school time system planners, who could be important partners in transition planning.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center: Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

This website offers a variety of technical assistance activities and supports to build system capacity to improve outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families. The Practices Section may be especially helpful to state administrators as it offers: (1) a guide to the process of implementing evidence-based practices statewide, based on work done implementing the Pyramid Model in 25 states; plus (2) tools such as checklists and practice guides to help practitioners and families improve their skills, plan interventions, and self-evaluate their use of recommended practices.

Implementation Manual for Guidelines for Disability Inclusion in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Programs and Policies

This implementation manual lays out nine overarching guidelines for disability inclusion, then devotes a chapter to each guideline to explore why it is important, how to accomplish it, examples from the field, and related resources. It offers a useful framework that can be adapted for use by planners of Out-of-School Time (OST) program initiatives and policies in the areas of physical activity, health, and nutrition.

Lessons From the Field: Serving All Students, Including Students With Disabilities--Guide for 21st CCLC State Coordinators

This collection of resources focuses on helping state administrators and program practitioners design and implement high-quality Out-of-School (OST) programs that support all students, including those with disabilities and special needs. Products include an implementation guide for state coordinators, 10 topic-focused guides for directors and site coordinators, plus 6 companion webinars designed to help programs build capacity for being truly inclusive. While geared to a 21st CCLC audience, the suggestions are relevant for most OST programs.

Summer Learning Toolkit: Evidence-based Tools and Guidance for Delivering Effective Programs

This toolkit features more than 50 adaptable tools, sample documents, tip sheets, and guidance on how to use them drawn from five urban districts and their partners, who formed the National Summer Learning Project. It is organized into five planning areas:  (1) staffing, (2) site climate, (3) student recruitment, (4) planning, and (5) academics and enrichment.

Maryland Families Engage

This website was designed by Maryland State Department of Education to support early childhood providers in promoting family engagement. It includes resources, news, events, an early childhood engagement theoretical framework, and a 96-page toolkit (link to: https://marylandfamiliesengage.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/maryland-family-engagement-framework-toolkit.pdf) that provides concrete strategies for putting the theory into practice.

Social and Emotional Learning in Practice: A Toolkit of Practical Strategies and Resources (2nd edition)

This toolkit was developed as a companion to a three-hour training building social-emotional learning. It is intended to be used primarily with youth in middle school, though it can be adapted for other ages. It has a user-friendly design that includes activities, templates and tools for four purposes: (1) equipping staff; (2) creating the learning environment; (3) designing impactful learning experiences; and (4) using data for improvement. 

CASEL 2018 State Scorecard Scan: More States Are Supporting Social and Emotional Learning

This scorecard identifies state policies and guidance to support students social and emotional development (SEL). It provides links to the research and to state-by-state SEL competencies, websites, and resources.