Dates of Project: November 15, 2008 through August 31, 2013
Description: At two sites in the Los Angeles area, the project, directed by staff from the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior, embedded practices and principles from evidence-based social and emotional learning programs into classes, workshops, and fun activities such as summer camp, Zumba, yoga, and martial arts.
Professional and paraprofessional staff used these opportunities to “coach” children on such things as improving their social skills and parents on how to deal with specific issues affecting families, such as school bullying or the aftermath of divorce. At the school site, another major focus was obesity.
“People are more likely to seek out and respond to coaching because it offers practical help for getting through the limitations of life. And it’s more accessible and more affordable.”—Nancy Barrand, Senior Adviser for Program Development, RWJF