Reconnecting Students After Pandemic Fallout

Program Implementation

Nearly 3,000 children across Southern Dallas County schools now have access to programming that uplifts their social and emotional well-being.

Nearly 3,000 children across Southern Dallas County schools now have access to programming that uplifts their social and emotional well-being.
Hours of Programming Provided
Students Served Annualy
Participating Schools Across 3 Districts
Project Challenge & Opportunity

Reconnecting Students After Pandemic Fallout

During the height of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, economically disadvantaged students disproportionately faced high levels of chronic absenteeism leading to months of “learning loss." As a result, Texas Instruments recognized the opportunity to not only invest in STEM support for schools as they had historically, but decided to also fund an initiative focusing on social and emotional wellness. Heal Play Learn (HPL) was birthed the Summer of 2021 to provide districts with out of school time programming that rebuilt eroded relationships and reignited a love of learning through reimagined enrichment offerings. United Way of Metropolitan Dallas selected CoSpero Consulting as the technical provider to craft and implement summer programming for roughly 450 DeSoto and Cedar Hill ISD students.

Project approach & Process

Empowering Minds, Enriching Hearts

Keeping social and emotional wellness at the forefront, CoSpero curated a list of 18 partners to lead enrichment activities. We focused on recruiting not only a variety of activities from robotics to yoga and mindfulness to fine arts, but also employing minority-led providers that reflected the participating families. Students are exposed to new activities with hands-on, project-based learning activities that enhance their critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Project results & deliverables

Sparking Students Growth and Passion for Learning

Today, CoSpero's footprint has grown as we manage the enrichment initiative year-round for 3 Southern Dallas school districts across after school enrichment and summer programming alike. As a result of participating in HPL programming, students' negative feelings towards school have decreased by 40% and their love for learning is continuing to grow. As we continue to lead the project, focus groups and surveys with district staff, students and parents guide our selection process and measure impact.

Reconnecting Students After Pandemic Fallout
"The Heal Play Learn program would not exist without our partnership with CoSpero."
The CoSpero team provides full-service program design, implementation, and evaluation. They are highly strategic, incredibly nimble, and extremely responsive. They build and steward strong relationships with all stakeholders and create top notch teams who meet and exceed all expectations. Their commitment to excellence for every aspect of the program has made a significant difference for thousands of students.

Susan Hoff

Chief Strategy & Impact Officer

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

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