Based on a literature review of studies published since 2000, this review summarizes the effectiveness of specific after-school programs. The review uses the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) evidence framework to assess the evidence of over 60 after-school programs. A companion guide provides profiles of each after-school program included in the review as well as studies of each program’s effectiveness.
The BELE Network works with educators, policymakers, school support organizations, and other stakeholders to create equitable learning environments that are grounded in the science of learning and development. Guided by its transformation framework, the network aims to create resources and tools that support practitioners and decision-makers in transformational change. In addition, the BELE Network supports and convenes partners to share learnings from this equity-oriented change process and to elevate the ways that the field can make equitable learning environments a sustainable reality.
The Coalition for Community Schools is an alliance of national, state, and local organizations in k–12 education, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government, and philanthropy. It offers a range of tools and resources that can help educational leaders to build and sustain community school models and initiatives in their area, including opportunities to connect with technical assistance providers that can help communities improve their planning and management.
This web page provides resources that can support schools in adopting and implementing social and emotional learning in ways that are attentive to students with disabilities. One of these resources is the 7 Principles for Serving Students With Disabilities and Intersectional Identities Through Social and Emotional Learning Approaches, which informs the design and theories of action behind social and emotional learning approaches and how they can be most effective in supporting these student populations. The SEL Parent Advocacy Toolkit is another resource that helps parents understand the importance of SEL and advocate for high-quality practices and policies that support this approach.
This learning network includes a group of school districts that are committed to designing more equitable and healing-centered schools and approaches to teaching and learning that center the experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students. Guided by the BELE Framework, leaders engage in professional learning and codesign approaches to ensure that youth emerge with strong academic skills, social-emotional wellness, a sense of agency, healthy identity and civic responsibility, and a broader set of competencies that equip them to engage as healthy and happy adults and citizens.
This website connects educators with an array of resources that can help them apply evidence-based strategies to advance student success, including those that support the development of growth mindsets. Free resources like the Mindset Kit help practitioners learn about adaptive learning mindsets and the teaching and learning strategies that can enable it.
Practitioners can use this interactive tool to support comprehensive data collection and analysis on students’ holistic needs and assets. By displaying assessment data over the years, information about students’ well-being, open-ended student quotes, and teacher notes, practitioners can gain more comprehensive background knowledge on students. Additionally, the platform incorporates equity pauses, which are brief activities that facilitate individual or collective reflection on students to help identify strategies that best support them.
Marshall Street at Summit Public Schools is a coalition of educators working to systematically improve opportunities for students across the country. As part of their efforts, Marshall Street has curated a resource library, which contains papers, toolkits, and frameworks for educators and school leaders to increase opportunities for students. These include “Clearing the Path: How Schools Can Improve College Access and Persistence for Every Student” and “Designing Aligned School Models: A Framework for School Improvement,” which outline concrete steps for designing school models that support student success.
This center works with schools and communities, classroom teachers, students, and service organizations to address challenges of improving literacy and learning. Through its extensive research, it has generated resources that teachers, students, parents, and schools can use successfully to improve student achievement and literacy. This includes the Strategic Instruction Model, which points to teacher-focused and student-focused interventions that can effectively scaffold and bolster learning.
This web page provides several resources for schools and districts to implement SEL in their communities, such as program guides, an SEL assessment guide, a video titled SEL 101 for parents, and a district resource center that offers additional tools and resources to support high-quality implementation.
Turnaround for Children works to support practitioners in advancing and implementing whole child educational practices. To this end, the organization produces research-based tools for educators, such as a toolkit on how to use a whole child vision to assess and plan for tiered systems of support and resources to accelerate healthy student development and achievement. In addition, Turnaround for Children works with schools, districts, and networks across the country, which, to date, includes training, coaching, and support to over 220 school leaders in 76 schools to help create healthy learning environments that catalyze success and well-being.