NEW How Learning Happens Video Series


Ten new How Learning Happens videos connect what we know about the science of learning and development with practical applications for educators and providers in all youth-serving settings.

The collection highlights exemplary out-of-school time programs in four communities, examines the best practices at work, and integrates expert commentary from our very own SoLD Governing Partners Dr. Linda Darling Hammond and Karen Pittman.

The entire How Learning Happens series—33 videos in all—is available at Edutopia.

Learning Opportunities in Out-of-School Time

Research shows that creating optimal conditions for learning wherever kids spend time can boost student motivation and engagement—whether in or out of school.

Building Adult Capacity for Social and Emotional Learning

By taking one day a month to provide staff with training and support, this organization equips adults to better care for the young people they serve.

Using Athletics to Teach Social and Emotional Skills

Sports can be a powerful way for young people to build self-regulation skills, set goals, and develop confidence—and physical activity develops brain architecture.

Connecting School and Afterschool with Shared Practices

In Tacoma, a community-wide effort to better serve children is underway, and the first step is common language and shared best practices among the adults.

Engaging Families With Social and Emotional Learning Strategies

When teachers bring parents in to see what their children are learning, they strengthen the home-school connection and help the adults build skills, too.

Celebrating Cultural Identity Through the Arts

When the afterschool program Ballet Folklorico teaches kids traditional Mexican dance, they build not only social and emotional skills, but also community.

Bringing Core Content to Life With Outdoor Education

When students step out of the classroom and explore the concepts they’ve learned about, they deepen their understanding of science, themselves, and the world.

Moving From the Comfort Zone to the Challenge Zone

When we are faced with challenges, our brains are activated to learn new things—so long as a foundation of safety, belonging, and trust is there as well.

Showing a Path to the Future Through Role Models

Research shows that when organizations hire staff that reflects the demographics of the children they serve, it can have a powerful impact.

Scaffolding Academics With Social and Emotional Skills in the Afterschool Space

The often-overlooked hours after school can be a great opportunity to build in lessons around self-regulation and decision-making.

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