- Young people are diverse in their learning styles and needs. It is essential to assess individual learning styles and be flexible in time management to allow for meeting these different needs. Howard Gardner's "Multiple Intelligences" (PDF) provides a framework.
- Program activities are more engaging if they are relevant to young people. Identifying and building on young people's individual assets (PDF) and passions are key strategies.
- Use teaching techniques that build on young people's current knowledge and skills, such as scaffolding (PDF). Provide positive and constructive feedback.
- Young people need to be active partners in learning. Increase their input and voice through planning and reflection activities. Create meaningful responsibilities and roles for genuine youth engagement throughout programming. Encourage and facilitate young people's shared decision-making through consensus/action planning (PDF).
- Use active learning strategies such as hands-on, experiential (PDF), and project-based activities.
- Help young people learn to use critical thinking and responsible decision making skills. Use active listening skills (PDF) with youth.
- Facilitate peer learning and teaching -- collaborative learning (PDF).
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
CASEL promotes evidence-based social and emotional learning strategies and programs primarily in school settings. The website contains information about current research, materials for learning activities, and new initiatives.
Preparing Youth to Thrive
On this website, the Forum for Youth Investment and David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality offer SEL quality improvement tools and resources for out-of-school-time networks.
Social and Emotional Learning Practices: A Self-Reflection Tool
This tool is designed to help after-school program staff reflect upon their own social and emotional competencies and their ability to support young people's social and emotional learning through program practices. Find more SEL after-school resources from American Institutes for Research in this Beyond the Bell spotlight.
University of Minnesota Extension: Social and Emotional Learning
This website contains research articles, recorded presentations, and issue briefs by Weissberg, Durlak, and others who have pioneered SEL.
Youth Development Insight: Essential Ingredients of Social and Emotional Learning
Kate Walker, University of Minnesota Associate Extension Professor, discusses essential elements of SEL in this blog post.
Edutopia: Social and Emotional Learning
These videos and blog posts offer educators strategies to help students develop social and emotional skills.
An Ideal Opportunity: The Role of Afterschool in Social and Emotional Learning
This issue brief from the Afterschool Alliance makes the case for implementing SEL in programs outside of school.
TEAL Center (Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy): Student Centered Learning
Although it refers to adult literacy programs, this fact sheet provides a thorough description and resources relevant to the principles of student-centered learning.
Parent Toolkit: Social and Emotional Development
This NBC News "Education Nation" offers information for parents tailored to the child's age.