Guest Blogger- Jennifer Roberts
Extended Day Services manages 22 school-age programs, mostly in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. We have been around for 30 years and have tried many different curricula and SEL concepts over the years. Three years ago, we began using SPQA and slowly integrating its components into our programs. We integrated most of the SPQA elements into the STEAM segment of our day so we can ensure that we are including all the elements. We also had one of our sites create a video demonstrating the techniques after we integrated SPQA in all our sties. We feel it is much easier to understand the SPQA concepts if the staff can view a video. COVID-19 dramatically impacted our ability to implement many of the group concepts of SPQA; however, we are excited to return to full implementation for the upcoming school year.