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Social and emotional learning is increasingly being recognized for its role in urban school reform despite current school improvement efforts focused on academic outcomes. This paper presents a case study in community partnership between a middle school, a community-based organization, and a research university, to implement a social and emotional program in seventh grade social studies. Highlighted is the importance of trust and communication among all partners—including administrators, researchers, front-line staff, teachers, and students. It also suggests a framework to expand school partnerships to include schools of social work, especially when the focus is on social and emotional learning.

Document Type

Working Paper


Civic Engagement and Service

Original Citation

Robertson, A. S., McBride, A. M., Chung, S., Williams, A., & May, V. (2015). Social and emotional learning and social work in middle school: A case study in community partnership (CSD Working Paper No. 15-39). St. Louis, MO: Washington University in St. Louis, Center for Social Development.


Civic Engagement and Service


youth, community-based organization, service learning, United States, civic engagement