Out-of-School Time Experiences that Promote Physical Activity and Social and Emotional Learning
In this session, we will discuss how out-of-school experiences, such as before- and after-school and summer programs, can be used to promote physical activity as well as social and emotional learning. Linkages between such programs and greater school missions related to promoting health, wellness, and personal and social responsibility will be highlighted. Drawing from our own experiences, we will overview the Illinois Physical Activity and Life Skills (iPALS) Wellness Program, which provides children with a summer camp-style experience related to four key areas: a) physical activity, b) social and emotional learning, c) nutrition, and d) academic enrichment. Specifically, we will discuss the process of developing the program, as well as lessons learned after the first year of implementation. Participants will then be invited to share and describe their own experiences developing and leading out-of-school time experiences, including the associated success, problems and pitfalls they have encountered.