In March 2021, practitioners from PSELI Phase 1 and Phase 2 OST sites completed the eight-part SEL Academy Series – clocking 24 hours of learning, practicing and implementing adult SEL self-care and mindfulness practices, climate and culture strategies, Afternoon Meeting and explicit instruction lessons, trauma-sensitive, inclusive and culturally responsive SEL practices that build equitable and resilient learning environments for youth and adults. Some highlights from participants are below.
“Since the trauma training I implemented a safe space for afterschool staff (pictured above). I have the ability to sanitize this area thanks to fabric sanitizer that I came across.”Megan Garner, Afterschool Director, Phase 1 OST Program.
“With my staff at my program, I’ve began to implement Afternoon Meeting before each day starts. To start off Afternoon Meeting, we begin with a Question of the Day (pictured above) and we try to always make is SEL related. My staff seem to really enjoy it. It also gives us a way to get to know each other a little more each day.”Gabriella Castillo, Afterschool Director, Phase 2 OST Program
“This week I tried to increase my growth mindset and use a positive outlook throughout the week. I’ve been struggling to have a positive outlook on certain things in my life. This week, I actively tried to have a more positive outlook. It helped in certain areas and I found myself not feeling as overwhelmed as I had the previous week. I’m going to try to keep trying to have the same mindset throughout the next few weeks and see what changes follow.”Lily Graves, Afterschool Practitioner, Phase 2 OST Program