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Propel SEL Initiative


About the Initiative

Propel SEL is a collaborative initiative of Sprockets, the Carlson Family Foundation, and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. This initiative aims to increase understanding and build consensus among out-of-school time practitioners, mentors, systems stakeholders and funders around key social emotional learning (SEL) skills and outcomes for middle and high school age youth.

Community engagement meetings, key informant interviews and an advisory council will be utilized to inform priority SEL skills and how to best support professional development and increasing intentionality among practitioners.

This initiative will address the following questions:

  1. Should our field become more intentional in supporting the social emotional learning of youth and the ways adults work to develop social emotional skills and attitudes?
  2. How intentional should the field be in supporting SEL?
  3. Should we prioritize a set of SEL skills that our field, youth workers and programs intentionally support?
  4. If so, on what SEL skills should the field focus?
  5. How should we support youth programs and practitioners improve SEL outcomes for youth in their programs?
About Social Emotional Learning

Social emotional learning is the dynamic and complex process through which children, youth and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions¹.

SEL is fundamental to one’s identify, health and well-being, ethical development, motivation to achieve, and academic learning. Our social emotional development is formed within our culture identify contexts.

Relevant SEL Frameworks

Below is a list of SEL frameworks and models informing this initiative.

  1. Every Hour Counts Measurement Framework, which serves as a blueprint for understanding the impact of programs on youth outcomes, making improvements at the system and program levels, and influencing policy.
  2. Collaborative for Academic, Social, Emotional Learning (CASEL) –SEL Competencies provides a framework with core SEL competencies and their Effective Programs Guide is focused on evaluating classroom-based SEL programs effectiveness.
  3. Susan Crown Exchange Practitioner Guide, Preparing to Thrive, identifies promising practices for building SEL skills.
  4. Clover Model, by Pear Institute, is a framework that help identifies social emotional learning within the context of human development.
  5. Ways of Being Model, University of Minnesota was created to help make sense of the emerging research on social emotional learning.

¹Definition adapted from Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework on social emotional learning.