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Nurturing Social-Emotional Learning in Out-of-School-Time

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Collaborative members participated in a Professional Learning Community, training and coaching in developing non-cognitive skills, and capacity building around evaluation. The Collaborative researched and selected off the shelf curricula for use in their programs; four member agencies developed their own approach in the second program cycle.


The Question: Can social-emotional learning be intentionally taught and measured?

The Collaborative wanted to know whether participating organizations were successful in establishing a strong learning context, training staff to implement research-based curricula, and helping youth build specific non-cognitive skills. Would sustained, intentional focus on non-cognitive skill building within out-of-school time programs result in measurable gains for participating youth?


The Process: Assessing effectiveness and documenting lessons learned

Public Profit used a host of tools to evaluate the effectiveness of the initiative and to gather Collaborative members’ reflections and lessons learned. We used the Youth Program Quality Assessment Tool; created staff surveys; aligned specific scales of the Holistic Student Assessment to the Collaborative’s three focal non-cognitive skills; analyzed member reports; and observed staff practice.


The Outcome: Members shifted practice; youth showed significant growth

Our evaluation showed that young people built non-cognitive skills in the three focal areas: Academic Mindsets, Learning Strategies and Social Skills. Collaborative member agencies increased their ability to support young people’s non-cognitive skill development, and they have concrete plans to continue along this path. Collaborative funders have a deeper understanding of what it takes to support a complex, multi-member initiative, and the time and resources required to see systemic change.


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The Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative Funders

The Sand Hill Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, SV2, and The Sobrato Family Foundation provided $2.6 million in funding to the Collaborative from 2010-16, with the aim of supporting Collaborative member agencies in improving the quality and effectiveness of their out-of-school time programming, so that more students would make progress toward graduating from high school with a plan for the future. 


Collaborative Members

Nine organizations, all providing out-of-school time programming to secondary-aged students in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, participated in the Collaborative between 2010 and 2016: ACE Charter Schools, East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, Peninsula Bridge, Breakthrough Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley Children’s Fund, Citizen Schools California, THINK Together, and College Track.