June 2017

Register now for GTY’s next webinar:
SEL, ESSA and Education Policy – Grantmakers’ Briefing
Thursday, August 24, 1-2:15PM ET.

Experts from EducationCounsel and the Learning Policy Institute will discuss how grantmakers can support the advancement of SEL within the context of local, state and national education policy.  Advance reading: LPI’s Encouraging Social and Emotional Learning in the Context of New Accountability.  Register here.

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Districts and schools interested in SEL can visit CASEL’s new District Resource Center and complete a priority-setting questionnaire to help design their efforts to systemically implement SEL.  Spring 2017.


Ninety percent of the 220+ Delaware educators responding to a recent survey by the Rodel Teacher Council agreed that schools should place more emphasis on SEL and 97% indicated some level of interest in training on best practices in SEL, yet only 9% noted that their school had SEL standards in place.  Supported by the Rodel Foundation of Delaware.  May 2017.



Boston After School & Beyond has updated the Achieve, Connect, Thrive (ACT) Skills framework defining nine skills and beliefs — such as critical thinking, creativity, perseverance, and growth mindset — that research shows are predictive of success in school, college, and the workforce.  BASB also launched the companion Insight Center, a new interactive website that provides skill-building resources for each ACT skill.  June 2017.


Policy Studies Associates compiled this fact sheet to illustrate how research supports the impact of afterschool programs, including evidence of increased teamwork, interpersonal skills, and self-confidence among program participants in the ExpandED Schools national demonstration project.   March 2017.



This report describes specific features of 25 SEL programs for elementary school-aged children, to aid schools and OST programs to identify SEL programs that best align with their focus, needs, and goals.  Produced by a team from the Harvard Graduate School of Education headed by Stephanie Jones, and supported by the Wallace Foundation.  May 2017.


The spring issue of The Future of Children journal examines the development of SEL in school and afterschool settings, finding that these skills are essential for children and that teachers and OST staff need professional development to help children acquire them.  Supported by the Wallace Foundation.  Spring 2017.


This new PISA report explores a comprehensive set of well-being indicators for adolescents that covers both negative outcomes (e.g. anxiety, low performance) and the positive impulses that promote healthy development (e.g. interest, engagement, motivation to achieve).  April 2017.


This report from the Learning Policy Institute reviews the evidence supporting the positive impact of community schools and offers specific recommendations to stakeholders, including the importance of addressing all four pillars of the community schools approach: 1) integrated student supports; 2) expanded learning time and opportunities; 3) family and community engagement and 4) collaborative leadership and practices.  June 2017.



Sesame Street in Communities:  A new platform for parents and early childhood providers with multi-media tools in both English and Spanish.  Designed to support child development with a focus on children 0-6.  Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and others.

Funders Collaborative for Youth Organizing:  Formed in the year 2000, FCYO’s mission is to increase resources to the field of youth organizing and promote the leadership of low-income young people and young people of color in social justice organizing.  FYCO is presenting a funders briefing August 1 in Los Angeles on growing youth-led social change.  For more information click here or see below.

New Profit’s Personalized Learning Initiative: Launched in April 2017 with $12 million from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  New Profit will support 7 organizations to implement a range of approaches including curricula, tools and platforms for teachers, parents, and students; technical assistance; policy and advocacy; and knowledge dissemination.


Talking About Race:  Leah Shafer in HGSE’s Usable Knowledge has suggestions for teachers interested in Talking About Race in Mostly White Schools. Start by personally engaging all children about their racial identity, a conversation white children might be unfamiliar or uncomfortable with.  Go deeper by teaching diverse authors and historical context.  April 2017.

Reforming CTE to Achieve Deeper Learning:  Organizations advocating deeper learning jointly call on Congress to ensure Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs through the Perkins Act help students become critical thinkers, complex problem-solvers, effective communicators and collaborators, and self-directed learners.  April 2017.

The Impact of Belonging:  Tricia Raikes, writing for America’s Promise on the importance of belonging, notes mounting evidence and specific examples of how young people do better in school and beyond  when they believe they are respected, valued and fit in culturally in their environment.  May 2017.

SEL Measures on Report Cards:  Evie Blad writing in EdWeek asks: Is Your Child Showing Grit? School Report Cards Rate Students’ Soft Skills.  Key point: to be effective, report card measures must be “grounded in a larger school approach that involves standards showing how those skills should be demonstrated at each grade level, classroom instructional strategies, and parental-engagement efforts.”   May 2017.


William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: Deeper Learning + Diffusion of Innovation, and Scaled Impact

>  LOI Deadline:  June 23, 2017, 5:00PM PDT

The Hewlett Foundation is launching an effort to better understand how deeper learning practices achieve sustained, scaled impact in school systems. Eligible: research-practice partnerships that bridge academic expertise with on-the-ground practitioner experience in school systems. $5 million to be awarded this year. More information here.

Citi Foundation and America’s Promise, Youth Workforce Fund

>  Request for Ideas Deadline:  June 27, 2017

The Youth Workforce Fund is a competitive fund that makes strategic investments in community-based organizations connecting low-income young people, ages 16-24, with workplace skills and employment opportunities. The $4 million fund will award one-year grants of up to $250K to a cohort of grantees across 15 markets in the US. More information here.

Funder Collaborative for Youth Organizing Pipelines to Power

>  Letters of Intent: July 7, 2017

Pipelines to Power will support 10-12 youth and intergenerational organizing groups over 3 years with grants and a learning community to strengthen organizing strategies to build the power necessary to win meaningful change for historically disenfranchised communities across the US. Informational webinar June 22 at 4PM ET. Info and registration here.


  • June 22, noon ET, 9AM PT. Building ESSA Plans for Equity and Opportunity. Web seminar by the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Register here.
  • August 1-2, Funder Briefing – Youth in Action: Growing Youth-Led Social Change in California.  Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) presents the first in a series of funder briefings and learning sessions for regional and national youth funders to develop new philanthropic strategies to support young people working together to improve their communities.  Los Angeles, CA.  Register here.
  • August 24, 1-2:15PM ET, 10-11:15AM PT.  SEL, ESSA and Education Policy: Grantmakers’ Briefing.  Web seminar presented by Grantmakers for Thriving Youth. Experts from EducationCounsel and the Learning Policy Institute will discuss how grantmakers can support the advancement of SEL policies within the current education policy environment.  Advance reading: LPI’s Encouraging Social and Emotional Learning in the Context of New Accountability.  Register here.
  • Oct. 16-18: Equity in Education: Empowering Community Voice.  Grantmakers for Education Annual Conference, Washington, DC.  More information here.
  • Oct. 27-29: EL Education 2017 National Conference, Chicago. Register here.