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Tulsa children to benefit from expanded access to social emotional learning

Published 7/24/2017




Tulsa Public Schools


Emma Garrett Nelson


Tulsa children will have increased opportunities for social and emotional learning both during and after the school day thanks to Tulsa Public Schools, the YMCA of Greater Tulsa, and the four-year Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative.

Tulsa Public Schools and the YMCA of Greater Tulsa will focus on aligning in- and out-of-school time learning to help elementary school children develop positive social and emotional skills, such as self-control, persistence, teamwork and goal-setting, which are linked to success in school, careers, and life. Tulsa joins five cities nation-wide receiving funding from the Wallace Foundation to support this collaborative effort. Implementation grants for the four-year initiative amount to between $1 million and $1.5 million in the first year and are contingent on the successful negotiation of grant agreements this summer.

"Being a destination for excellence in teaching and learning means developing the whole child and giving students the social and emotional tools and skills they need to be successful, productive adults," said Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah A. Gist. "We're excited to partner with the YMCA of Greater Tulsa to strengthen services to our students and families."

A growing body of research, including a Wallace-commissioned University of Chicago study, has linked social and emotional learning to success in school, career and life. However, it is not yet known how school and afterschool experiences can be strengthened, aligned, and delivered in real-world settings to help children develop these skills. The new initiative will explore how this kind of cross-sector alignment may benefit children in participating communities and ultimately lead to knowledge that can be applied to the broader field.

"We're very excited to announce the selection of the implementation grantee pairs, all of which worked incredibly hard during the planning phase," said Gigi Antoni, the director of learning and enrichment at The Wallace Foundation. "These entities have demonstrated the potential to work collaboratively and have created thoughtful, strategic plans intended to achieve real benefits for students. We'e looking forward to following their efforts and to sharing what we learn with educators and afterschool providers nationwide."





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