Competent Kids, Caring Communities

Elementary SELect Program

Program Design and Implementation Support

Competent Kids, Caring Communities is designed to promote important life skills in students through an average of 35 separate sets of lessons for each year for kindergarten through fifth grade. Lessons follow a common structure, including an introduction to each that provides teachers with a research-based rationale. Each lesson begins with a mindfulness exercise, and opening questions are designed to motivate students and focus their attention. The weekly classroom activities are designed to engage students in applying and internalizing the SEL skills they are learning.  Each weekly lesson has an accompanying powerpoint presentation that offers a visual aid for both teacher and students.  These digital lessons can be shown in an online classroom environment, if needed. In addition, CKCC promotes family-school collaboration, including sessions for families designed to be led by school or district leaders. Family sessions provide information on the social and emotional competencies the program is designed to promote. They focus on developing shared understanding and goals, joint decision making between schools and families, and positive school climate. The family-school collaboration component also includes activities to support new skills and concepts at home. Initial training for Competent Kids, Caring Communities is offered on-line as a self-paced training.  The Program offers a one-hour live consultation to each school to help administrator and teachers adapt the curriculum to their specific learning environment.  Additional professional development may be available on a contractual basis. The program also offers a train-the- trainer system to support sustainability.

Evidence of Effectiveness

Competent Kids, Caring Communities has been evaluated in a small study (n=119) using a quasi-experimental design. The evaluation followed students for one year, from fourth to fifth grade.

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