Impact Evaluation for the Palm Beach County Quality Improvement System 

Quality Improvement System (QIS) exposure moves afterschool programs to higher quality, increasing access to developmentally powerful settings and building children’s social and emotional learning skills. Higher quality is defined in terms of the quality of instruction (i.e., individuation, basic/advanced SEL, enrichment content), the stability of staff tenure, and evidence of children’s SEL skill growth. In … Continue reading Impact Evaluation for the Palm Beach County Quality Improvement System 

Client Report
July 1, 2019
Charles Smith and Stephen Peck

We sought to answer two specific questions about implementation and children’s SEL skill growth: What is the impact of QIS exposure on program quality (i.e., best practices, low staff turnover, great content), particularly for programs that have lower program quality at baseline? What is the impact of exposure to high program quality on student SEL skills?

Place-Based Ecological Stewardship

The Southeastern Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS) is a high impact and low-cost school reform for adults and students to build their repertoire of ecological stewardship skills – SEL, STEM and civic – and experience agency from the practice of ecological stewardship in their place. This white paper was developed to (1) describe how SEMIS promotes … Continue reading Place-Based Ecological Stewardship

White Paper
March 1, 2019
Charles Smith

This white paper was developed to (1) describe how SEMIS promotes social and emotional learning, (2) iterate content and language with SEMIS stakeholders, (3) and to make a compelling and scientifically grounded case for expansion of the work.

The Multilevel Person in Context ~ neuroperson (MPCn) Model

Reviewing theory and research on socio-emotional learning (SEL) highlights the importance of a wide range of psychological and behavioral skills, ranging from very specific psychological processes that occur on the order of milliseconds (e.g., updating working memory) to broad patterns of behavior that occur over minutes, days, and months (e.g., teamwork and relationship skills). Attempts … Continue reading The Multilevel Person in Context ~ neuroperson (MPCn) Model

Working Paper
October 26, 2019
Charles Smith, Ph.D., Stephen Peck, Ph.D., and Lucy Smith

The multilevel person-in-context model of youth development programs facilitates thinking about how the SEL skills being developed at the point of service (POS) are both (a) embedded within the wider context of policy decisions, family background, and out-of-school time (OST) program quality and (b) related subsequently to shorter-term youth outcomes (e.g., SEL skill growth) and longer-term youth achievements (e.g., graduation and employment).