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
Name: Pam Newsome
Name: Kristen Rulison
SEL in Palm Beach County Schools
Fostering 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 (PSELI), a Wallace Foundation-funded collaborative uniting the school day and out-of-school time (OST) to strengthen social and emotional skills such as self-control, persistence, teamwork and goal setting – all linked to success in school and in life.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is needed beyond the classroom. It’s needed on playgrounds, and in lunchrooms, hallways and OST settings that offer 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.
To realize this goal, PSELI engaged teachers, administrators and staff at seven elementary schools and OST programs. Through training, coaching, collaboration and a curriculum designed to promote (SEL), partners have:
- Increased social and emotional learning;
- Improved adult practices, learning environments and instruction;
- Facilitated stronger partnerships between school day and OST staff.
PSELI set the stage for the School District, Prime Time and community organizations to expand their work and create a seamless learning experience with embedded SEL for all children, youth and adults in Palm Beach County. In 2020-2021, the number of schools and OST programs implementing SEL strategies and practices increased to 13 as part of PSELI. Another 60 schools are committed to robust SEL implementation as part of a District-wide cohort group, and basic SEL practices are in place District-wide. Prime Time has also expanded SEL training to reach OST programs throughout the entire Palm Beach County Quality Improvement System.
Building on lessons learned from PSELI, SEL is beginning to reach even beyond schools and OST programs. The SEL Community Resources Page -- featuring resources for workplaces, youth-serving organizations and families -- represents the first step in our broader community work.