Social & Emotional Learning Action Team

To build Social and Emotional Learning competencies into the fabric of schools and out-of-school-time programs. (Vision)

Short Term: Increase accessibility and quality of SEL standards

Long Term: Build SEL skill sets of adults to influence their effectiveness to support youth SEL

Team Leads

Name: Kristen Rullison

Name: Celine Provini

SEL in Palm Beach County Schools

In-School and Out-of-School Time Fosters Social and Emotional Learning Countywide

In 2016-2017, The School District of Palm Beach County and Prime Time Palm Beach County began implementing Partnerships for Social Emotional Learning Initiative, a multi-year grant to support adults’ and children’s social and emotional skills such as self-control, persistence, teamwork and goal setting – all linked to success in school and in life.  The project has engaged teachers, afterschool practitioners, administrators and other staff at seven elementary schools and afterschool programs.

Through social and emotional learning (SEL) training, coaching, collaboration and an SEL curriculum, partners have: 

  • increased social and emotional learning;
  • improved adult practices, learning environments and instruction;
  • facilitated stronger partnerships between school day and out-of-school time staff.

SEL is needed beyond the classroom; it’s needed on playgrounds, and in lunchrooms, hallways and out-of-school time settings. Out-of-school time activities provide opportunities to practice skills like sharing, leadership and social inclusion. Children need support to ensure the entire learning environment from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. is safe and positive.

In 2020-2021, The School District, Prime Time and community organizations continue their partnership to create a seamless learning experience with embedded SEL for all children, youth and adults. Building on lessons learned, SEL will ultimately expand to reach all schools throughout the District, as well as all out-of-school time programs participating in the Palm Beach County Quality Improvement System.

Partnerships for Social Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI) is a Wallace Foundation collaborative uniting the school day and out-of-school time for improved social and emotional learning. PSELI is part of Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures, a countywide effort to improve outcomes for young people. PSELI supports skills such as managing emotions, achieving positive goals, showing empathy, maintaining positive relationships and making responsible decisions.

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