Session: Enhancing Outcomes of an Evidence-Based Social-Emotional Program with a School Support Model (Society for Prevention Research 24th Annual Meeting)

2-054 Enhancing Outcomes of an Evidence-Based Social-Emotional Program with a School Support Model

Wednesday, June 1, 2016: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Grand Ballroom C (Hyatt Regency San Francisco)
Theme: Development and Testing of Interventions
Symposium Organizer:
Celene Domitrovich
Nicholas S. Ialongo
Interest in social and emotional learning (SEL) has grown significantly and practitioners, policy-makers, and researchers now recognize the importance of SEL for students’ success in school and life (Durlak et al., 2015). Research indicates, that when well implemented, SEL interventions have positive impacts on students’ behavioral outcomes and academic performance (Durlak et al, 2011; Sklad et al., 2012). One of the most effective examples of these programs is the PATHS Curriculum (Greenberg & Kusche, 2012). However, when interventions are replicated in community settings, they are often implemented with low quality.

This symposia provides the conceptual background and initial findings of a large i3 (Investing in Innovation) trial of a model that tests the effectiveness of the CASEL School Guide as an intervention to improve implementation and sustainability of SEL programs. The CASEL Guide for Schoolwide Social and Emotional Learning is a building-level intervention that is designed to reduce barriers to the implementation of SEL programs by: (a) creating a shared vision for SEL that prioritizes the promotion of SEL for all students; (b) identifying existing strengths and supports for SEL and building from those strengths; (c) providing ongoing professional learning; (f) integrating SEL within all areas of school functioning; and (g) a data-driven cycle of inquiry that is designed to improve SEL practice and student outcomes (Meyers et al., 2015).

 The three papers present different aspects of a two year randomized clinical trial conducted in K-3 classrooms in 28 high need schools in Chicago. The trial is designed to test the effectiveness of the CASEL Guide by comparing implementation of the PATHS curriculum on its own to implementation of PATHS along with the School Guide. We hypothesized that adding the CASEL Guide would lead to higher quality PATHS implementation, more positive classroom and school climates, and greater student SEL and achievement in the intervention schools compared to control schools.

The first paper will provide an overview of the CASEL Guide including the theoretical basis for the intervention, the tools and resources included within it, and the coaching support provided to schools using this model of support for PATHS. The second paper will describe the details of the independent evaluation that is being conducted by the American Institutes for Research. This will include the research design and data collection strategy. The final paper will present preliminary outcomes from staff surveys and teacher ratings of student behavior and social competence collected after the first year of PATHS implementation.

Celene Domitrovich
Channing-Bete: Royalties/Profit-sharing

* noted as presenting author
Integrating an Evidence-Based Program throughout a School Community Using the Casel Guide for Social and Emotional Learning
Duncan C. Meyers, MA, CASEL; Celene Domitrovich, PhD, CASEL; Mark T. Greenberg, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
Implications for Design, Sampling, and Measures When Both Conditions in a Randomized Control Trial Implement an Evidence-Based Program
Yibing Li, PhD, American Institutes for Research; Nick Yoder, PhD, American Institutes for Research
Enhancing Outcomes of an Evidence-Based Social-Emotional Program with a School Support Model: Preliminary Results and Findings
Kimberly Trumbull Kendziora, PhD, American Institutes for Research; Yibing Li, PhD, American Institutes for Research