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The next Center for Youth Development symposium will be on Tuesday, May 6 and will feature Gil Noam of Harvard University and Kimberly Schonert-Reichl from the University of British Columbia. This event is part of our symposium series dedicated to understanding social and emotional learning and its contribution to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps.

Explore what communities have actually done to measure youth more holistically and how they've used data at the neighborhood, school and program level to enhance social and emotional learning. This symposium is not about what to measure, but about the opportunities that emerge when measuring social and emotional learning, as well as strategies for addressing the challenges that arise.

This symposium is part of a 2-day summit (May 5-6) emerging from our Understanding to Action initiative with Youthprise. Stay tuned for more information about specific content and audiences for both days.

Social and Emotional Learning: Assess it to address it
Tuesday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon
TCF Bank Stadium - DQ Club Room, and online via live webinar
2009 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis (map)
Cost: Free, but you must register

With the support of the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development, an opportunity has emerged to move some of the training, consultation, and applied research and evaluation work that began in the Youth Work Institute into the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). Beginning on January 6, 2014 the work will now be part of Youth Studies in the School of Social Work in CEHD.

As part of this effort, I would like to announce that I am taking a new leadership role in the School of Social Work, as the director of the Youth Work Learning Lab.

The School of Social Work will provide a new platform for partnership in applied research and learning between University students, community youth workers, and University staff and faculty on critical issues in the field of youth work. The focus will be on long-term, intensive research and learning projects with systems, networks and organizations on critical issues such as quality. There will be particular interest in doing this work in marginalized communities and in ways that are adaptive, responsive and relational. The Youth Work Learning Lab will continue the intensive work with systems, networks and collaborations on youth program quality.
In the next few months, I will be reaching out to many of you about the continuing work in quality and exploratory conversations about how my new role in the School of Social Work can support the learning in out-of-school time systems and community.

If you would like to be in touch sooner, I can be reached at 612-625-7813 or ddm2@umn.edu. I look forward to working in partnership with you and reimagining how the University supports learning in community.

Deborah Moore

The video recording is now available from the Oct. 30, Social and emotional learning: From research to strategies, symposium. This event was dedicated to understanding social and emotional learning and its contribution to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps.

View the video

In addition to the symposium series, there are several other opportunities in development that will enrich the learning about the social and emotional competencies needed to equip young people to thrive in and outside of the classroom. Learn more about these opportunities here.

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