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AIR Releases SEL Resources

American Institutes for Research (AIR) recently released a new resource on social and emotional learning (SEL) for the afterschool field.

The "Supporting Social and Emotional Development Through Quality Afterschool Programs" resource, coupled with AIR's toolkits including "Beyond the Bell: Research to Practice in the Afterschool and Expanded Learning Field" and "Social and Emotional Learning Practices: A Toolkit for Creating Afterschool and Expanded Learning Programs", could provide valuable insights to afterschool staff.

Both formal and informal education communities are increasingly focused on fostering opportunities for SEL—particularly because there is growing evidence that the social and emotional competencies young people develop in afterschool programs can contribute to their success in school and life.