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Past symposia

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Getting Intentional about Social and Emotional Learning: Promise, Progress, and Priorities

Dale Blyth offers reflections on the opportunities and challenges of improving social and emotional learning both within and beyond the classroom.
Feb. 9, 2017


Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices in Social and Emotional Learning

Gina McGovern and Haviland Rummel outline share best practices and collective expertise for equipping youth with the social emotional skills they need to thrive.
April 6, 2016


Equipping our youth with SEL skills: Local snapshots and strategies

Michael Rodriguez and Eric Moore focus on local SEL data and efforts.
Nov. 24, 2015


Youth programs as powerful settings for social and emotional learning

Reed Larson, Lisa Bouillion Diaz and Natalie Rusk focus on promoting social and emotional learning in youth program settings.
May 15, 2015


Cultural resilience: A framework for promoting assets

JuanCarlos Arauz shares a framework for creating a rigorous, inclusive environment with a diverse community.
October 2, 2014

Social and emotional learning: Assess it to address it

Gil Noam and Kimberly Schonert-Reichl 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.
May 6, 2014


Social and emotional learning: From research to strategies

Roger Weissberg shares recent research and proven strategies of how families, schools and communities are strengthening social and emotional skills as an essential part of every young person's education.
Oct. 30, 2013


Putting youth participatory evaluation into action: Lessons learned and innovations

Katie Richards-Schuster shares lessons and innovations from Detroit, Michigan and other cities utilizing youth participatory evaluation, and the implications of this evaluative practice in local communities and the field of youth work.
March 14, 2013


Transforming youth-adult relationships through research and evaluation

Kim Sabo Flores, Ph.D. offers a playful and cutting-edge approach to youth participating in evaluation that has the potential to radically shift the way youth and adults form partnerships.
Oct. 29, 2012


Working in youth-serving organizations: The sphere of professional education

Dana Fusco, Ph.D. presents her current research on the sphere of youth work education in the United States.
May 3, 2012


Trends in adolescent brain development: Implications for youth practice and policy

Abigail Baird and Laurence Steinberg focus on the latest findings from research on adolescent brain development, and the implications of this research for our field’s practice and policy work.
April 17, 2012


The importance of youth purpose and how to support it

Jenni Menon Mariano, Ph.D., Elizabeth (Betsy) Levine Brown, Ph.D., and Devora Shamah, Ph.D. examine whether youth have a sense of purpose in life and what the research shows about the importance of purpose as well as the current state of efforts to support the development of purpose in all young people.
March 22, 2012


Youth development's 100 year legacy: Lessons to shape future research and practice

Dale Blyth, PhD, Michelle Gambone, PhD, Reed Larson, PhD, Joyce Walker, PhD, Kate Walker, PhD present the key trends, major contributions and core issues that frame the field's "coming of age".
Feb. 13, 2012


Digital Youth Network: Developing 21st century learners through the integration of overlapping affinity spaces

Nichole Pinkard, Ph.D. discusses how the Digital Youth Network (DYN) provides youth opportunities to develop and apply new media literacy in ways that are personally and academically meaningful to them.
Oct. 28, 2011


Beyond academic measures: The value of measuring other aspects of thriving

Chris Smith and Elizabeth Devaney examine how systems in Boston and Providence have studied such outcomes while engaging people in Minnesota who are thinking about these issues.
Oct. 7, 2011


Engaging older youth in out-of-school time: Applying research to practice

Priscilla M. Little describes promising research-based practices in working with middle and high school youth in out-of-school time (OST) programs, examining what programs can do to support participation, engagement, and positive outcomes.
March 11, 2011


Exploring the impact of deployment on military youth and families: Recent research findings

Angela J. Huebner, Ph.D. presents findings from several studies of both adolescents and parents about their experience of parental/spousal deployment since 9/11.
Feb. 23, 2011


In pursuit of effective best practices for out-of-school time

Robert C. Granger, Ed.D. discusses what is known about these questions, drawing on research in K-12 education, mentoring, and after-school.
April 29, 2010


The means to grow up: Reinventing apprenticeship as a developmental support in adolescence

Robert Halpern, Ph.D. describes the pedagogical importance of apprenticeship ... a growing movement based in schools, youth-serving organizations, and arts, civic, and other cultural institutions.
March 2010


A European perspective on youth work concepts, policies and practices

Dr. Lasse Siurala overviews the European Strategy for Youth 2010-2018 - Investing and Empowering.
May 2009


MySpace, Facebook, and youth: What do social network sites have to offer youth development?

Dr. Christine Greenhow focuses on emerging research that looks in-depth at youth activities, perceptions, and experiences in online social network sites and considers their implications for the field of youth development/youth education.
Feb. 2009


More than safe spaces: Adolescent development and relationship building in after-school settings

Dr. Nancy Deutsch focuses on research that looks in-depth at what happens inside after-school programs.
Jan. 2009


Youth engagement, social trust and the future of democracy

Constance Flanagan focuses on the role of youth engagement in nurturing social trust in younger generations and in fostering the future of democracy.
Nov. 2008


The leading edge: Exploring youth engagement innovation

Wendy Wheeler highlights the practical elements and innovations that promote authentic youth engagement and collective leadership.
Oct. 2008


Terms of engagement

Theresa K. Sullivan presents a new framework to help decipher the many and varied definitions, goals and principals of "youth engagement" found in literature and among researchers and practitioners around the state.
Sept. 2008


Physical activity as a context for youth development

Nicole LaVoi and Diane Wiese-Bjornstal discuss findings from the report Physical Activity and Sport in the Lives of Girls. Dr. Maureen Weiss offers insights from her research with the First Tee Project.
May 2008


Urban youth and nature: Changing lives, transforming communities!

Yusuf Burgess addresses disparities and provides critical insights into the importance of reconnecting urban youth with our natural environment.
April 2008


Aligning proactive policies for youth

Karen Pittman speaks about coordination across systems, policies and programs - aligning ideas, resources and stakeholders on behalf of youth.
Jan. 2008


The role of race and ethnicity in mentoring relationships

Dr. Bernadette Sanchez provides examples of how these factors may have different influences on outcomes for specific groups of youth.
Nov. 2007


Ensuring quality across out-of-school programs and systems

Dr. Heather Weiss presents successful approaches to ensuring program quality frequently rely on strategically aligning unique features of respective programs and delivery systems to achieve quality results.
Oct. 2007

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