Members of the Foundations of Cognition and Learning (FOCAL) research group at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) are hosting an advisory board meeting with experts and researchers connected to the WINGS after-school program evaluation study today.
The WINGS for Kids after school program targets social emotional learning by teaching students how to make good decisions and build healthy relationships. The 15-hour-a-week, full-year curriculum weaves 30 learning objectives into everyday activities that develop self-awareness, relationship skills, social awareness, self-management and responsible decision-making.
The FOCAL group at CASTL (formerly the Grissmer Lab) received a $2.8 million grant to evaluate the WINGS program in 2011. This meeting will provide an opportunity to share progress on the current evaluation, such as the qualitative and quantitative data being collected and explanations of fidelity of implementation. Members of the research team will be attending from University of Virginia, Portland State University, and College of Charleston, and will be leading short presentations relating to these topics.
“This meeting is a great opportunity for our team to come together to discuss more about the decisions being made in the field, what information is being collected and how we may use the data,” explained Claire Cameron, a CASTL research scientist, FOCAL group coordinator, and co-organizer for the meeting. “We are excited about hosting so many people with different expertise on how we can conduct the best evaluation of WINGS as possible.”
These experts will have an opportunity to engage in group discussion and provide recommendations for the remaining two years of the study.