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Schools That Work| Case Study

Wings Program

Grades K-5 | Charlestown, SC

Social and Emotional Learning After School

The WINGS program at Chicora Elementary in South Carolina demonstrates a promising niche for social and emotional lessons: after school.
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What This School Is Achieving


WINGS is an education organization that teaches kids how to behave well, make good decisions and build healthy relationships.

WINGS is gathering data on its hundreds of alumni to gauge the program's overall effect. Meanwhile, there are positive signs. In the first class of WINGS students, a small group of 18 who entered the program in 1999, the high school graduation rate was 40 percent higher than among their non-WINGS peers.

Anecdotally, teachers report that WINGS students behave and perform better during the regular school day.

How They Do It

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Strategies for Getting Started with After-School SEL

Planning and fundraising tips to launch your own program, from the pro behind WINGS for Kids.

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Resources and Downloads from WINGS for Kids

Free tools, guidelines, and activities to help you bring social and emotional learning to children in grades K-6 in your after-school setting.

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More After-School Models

WINGS for Kids is just one model of innovative uses of the after-school hours.

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Six Tips for Teaching Social and Emotional Skills After School

Best practices from WINGS for Kids, a carefully designed South Carolina program.

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Scaling Up Success: Social and Emotional Learning After School

How South Carolina's WINGS for Kids aims to expand its program for teaching social and emotional skills to young children.

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Why It Matters: Social and Emotional Learning After School

South Carolina's WINGS for Kids teaches crucial social and emotional skills to students facing serious life challenges.

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How It Works: Social and Emotional Learning After School

South Carolina's WINGS for Kids uses fun activities and precise language to reinforce social and emotional lessons every day.

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The WINGS Story: An After-School Program Helps Students Beat the Odds

A South Carolina program pioneers a model for teaching social and emotional lessons to the neediest children after school.

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The WINGS for Kids Creed

A daily song reinforces social and emotional skills.

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