Date of Award
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
David G. Title, Ed.D.
Kathleen Wallace, Ed.D.
Richard Fournier, Ed.D.
Research demonstrates that out-of school time (OST) programs featuring physical activity positively impact students' social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies, including self-regulation and collaboration skills. However, financial barriers prevent low-income students access to OST and sports opportunities. Grant-funded OST partnerships seeking to improve student well-being, emotional safety, and connection need ways to measure their value. A systems view indicates that OSTs play an interactive role within a school's complex system. Guided by the Improvement Science Framework, this Dissertation-in-Practice aimed to strengthen the SEL quality of 2-4-1 TOP Self Sports, a physical literacy-informed sports enrichment OST program serving primarily elementary school students. Using an action research methodology and a mixed-methods sequential explanatory design, the study used the Forum for Youth Investment's SEL PQA, a research-validated program evaluation tool measuring the quality of OS T's SEL practices and opportunities. The researcher collaborated with the OST, 2- 4-1 CARE, to design and implement a job-embedded curriculum-based SEL intervention at two mban-based magnet schools. The researcher analyzed pre- and post-intervention scores and transcripts from semi-structured focus groups with 2-4-1 instructors to determine the extent of the intervention's impact. Post-intervention data indicate high-quality SEL in 2-4-1 TOP Self improvement in three of the four domains and two of the three focus areas. 2-4-1 instructors indicated the SEL intervention increased their intentionality to promote self-awareness and selfregulation skills. They observed student SEL growth during and beyond the sports enrichment time, suggesting the potential for 2-4-1 TOP Self to improve school climate.
Thompson Goldstein, J. (2023). Optimizing partnership impact: Prioritizing high-quality social-emotional learning in a sports enrichment out-of-school time program [Doctoral dissertation, Sacred Heart University]. https://digitalcommons.sacredheart.edu/edd/17/
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