Elementary SELect Program

Program Design 

EduGuide’s online platform utilizes free-standing SEL lessons and an organizational approach to foster social emotional competence in students. EduGuide features programming for grades 4-12, with evidence of effectiveness, demonstrated in 5th grade. Each year, students can complete up to twenty new self-paced lessons, which take about 15 minutes. Teachers can extend the lessons using optional blended learning discussion guides. After completing lessons, students use new skills to help peers in practical weekly mentoring challenges, helping to create a “purpose-driven community” within schools. Additionally, a faculty member or other mentor occasionally replies to the student’s activities with questions that engage them in additional reflection and writing using an online app. This might be a teacher, but could also include school secretaries, athletic coaches, counselors, and community members. EduGuide worked with the National Equity Project to learn and develop their “Imperative for Equity” stance, which focuses on helping schools build empowering relationshipswhere every student is mentored by a caring adult and every student in turn grows to mentor their peersEduGuide is especially successful in promoting self-awareness through journaling and the use of reflective questioning. While the lessons are not differentiated for specific grade levels, they are sequenced so that all students build foundational skills before moving onto more advanced skills. Tools such as translation and a built-in dictionary help make the content accessible to learners at different levels. As of spring 2020, EduGuide supports 10 of the most common languages: Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, Burmese, Nepali, Russian, French, German, and English. 

Training and Implementation Support

Professional learning for EduGuide is multi-layered and bite-sizeemphasizing learning one skill at a time and then practicing that skill through community challenges that mirror those students undertakeTeachers may begin implementing the program after a 1.5 hour launch training focusing on the why of implementing EduGuide. During training coaches model how to ask reflective questions and promote relationship building and reflection. Afterwards, educators and staff can continue with online, self-paced learning for an average of 6 hours throughout the yearEduGuide asks that each school determine staff members to act as program leaders. In addition to monthly virtual coaching, program leaders receive three additional 1-2 hour training and planning sessions during the year which they may invite other staff to participate in.  

EduGuide provides a robust set of tools and strategies to support and deepen implementation including: blended learning discussion guides and support materials, online and on-call technical support, an SEL dashboard that tracks student and staff growth, and weekly reports and reminder systems. Additionally, each school is paired with a Results Coach to guide leaders to continually improve outcomes.  

Evidence of Effectiveness

Results from a quasi-experimental designed (QE) evaluation conducted in the 2018-2019 academic year supported the effectiveness of EduGuide for 5th grade students. In sum, these evaluations included 159 5th grade students (Hispanic = 99%; 89% of student body at participating schools were eligible for FRPL). This evaluation found that students receiving instruction using EduGuide showed significantly greater growth in standardized mathematics test scores compared than the control group (outcomes reported approximately 52 weeks after baseline, while controlling for host of covariates).

Medhanie & Stezala (2020).Evaluation of EduGuide as an SEL Path to STEM and College and Career Readiness.