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A Program for Teaching Students about Resilience and Addressing Anxiety and Depression

The Friends for Life program, founded in 1990 in Australia by Dr. Paula Barrett, is designed to promote resilience and …

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Promoting social and emotional health through play at recess: Playworks

Playworks, founded by Jill Vialet in Oakland, CA, is a game-based, recess program designed to promote social and emotional …

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Young children learning about feelings by teaching their “feeling buddies”: The Feeling Buddies curriculum

The Feeling Buddies curriculum, developed by Dr Becky Bailey, founder of Loving Guidance in Florida, USA, is designed to promote …

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Integrating SEL into the structures of an early childhood classroom: the Conscious Discipline approach

Conscious Discipline, developed by Dr. Becky Bailey, founder of Loving Guidance in Florida, USA, is an early childhood program …

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Using the lives and words of historical figures to inspire character building: The Wise Skills program

The Wise Skills program is designed to develop character, resilience, and grit, and to strengthen social and emotional skills in …

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A video-based program for developing social skills in early elementary students: The We Have Skills program

We Have Skills is a video-based social skills program for Grades K-3, developed by IRIS Educational Media with funding from …

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Teaching responsible decision making for students K-8: The Social Decision Making/Problem Solving (SDM/PS) Program

The Social Decision Making/Problem Solving (SDM/PS) Program, developed by the Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare Research and Training Institute in the …

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A PreK–3 program for developing self-regulatory and social-emotional skills: The SECURe Program

The SECURe program was created by the EASEL lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in collaboration with the …

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A preK-12 program that combines SEL with education about dog behaviors, and pet shelters: The Mutt-i-grees program

The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum, developed by the Pet Savers Foundation and the Yale University School of the 21st Century (US), builds …

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Highly adaptable K-12 curriculum for Character Education: The Character First Program

The Character First program was developed by Character First Education, a division of Strata Leadership based in Oklahoma, USA. This …

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Canada-based Mindfulness program for Educators

SMART Education is a 9-week, evidence-based mindfulness program for educators.

The SMART (Stress Management And Resiliency Techniques) program aims to …

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A free online course about Belonging for teachers

Belonging for Educators is a free, interactive online course designed for teachers of K-12 students. Part of the Mindset Kit …

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A Software Tool to Help Children Build Resilience and Handle Non-Academic Issues

Ripple Effects for Kids is an evidence-based tool for children to develop their resilience and the ability to handle non-academic …

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Teaching social and emotional skills to students through active, cooperative games

Developed in the 1990s in Australia by drama teacher, Wilson McCaskill, Play Is The Way® is a whole-school approach …

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An evidence-based program to improve resiliency in adults and the young children in their care

The Reaching In Reaching Out (RIRO) Resiliency Skills Training Program is a 12-hour, evidence-based, skill-enhancement program for service providers working …

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Promoting Resilience In Elementary Students With Post-Traumatic Symptoms

The Bounce Back is a research-based program designed to develop resilience in elementary students with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. …

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Building Resilience and Social-Emotional Skills in Children and adolescents

Aussie Optimism is an evidence-based program designed to build resilience and social-emotional skills in children and adolescents from 1st

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Promoting Social Skills, Emotional Regulation, and Problem Solving in K-3 students

The Classroom Dinosaur Curriculum is a research-based program designed to improve social skills, emotional regulation, and problem-solving skills in students …

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Promoting Character Development and Life Skills in K-12 students

Learning for Life K-12 Integrated Academic and Character Development is a research-based program that provides character education and life skills …

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How do we help students with behavioral challenges?

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In Dr. Ross Greene’s 2014 book Lost at School, he continues to develop his model, Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), …

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A program for helping children handle stress

Developed by the Psychology Foundation of Canada, Kids Have Stress Too! (KHST!) is a primary prevention program that provides evidence-based …

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Helping behaviourally challenging students

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Dr. Ross Green’s 2016 book, Lost and Found – Helping Behaviourally Challenging Students, is a comprehensive overview of the Collaborative …

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How do you handle explosive kids?

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In their 2006 book, Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Approach, Dr. Ross Greene and Dr. Stuart Ablon describe …

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Mastering the role of student to become successful beyond the classroom

The Good Behavior Game is an evidence-based classroom behavior management strategy developed through the American Institute for Research with benefits …

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Focusing on students’ conscious self-development for future success

The Toolbox Project, developed through Berkley Public Schools in California, is a curriculum aimed at promoting critical social competencies …

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Promoting student resilience and teaching social and emotional skills in children and adolescents

Strong Kids is an initiative developed at the University of Oregon as part of the Oregon Resiliency Project, aimed at …

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Use Cognitive Behavior Therapy Skills to Cope with Depression

Moodgym (Australia) is a free interactive training program developed to help young people learn cognitive behavior therapy skills for preventing …

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A Pyramid Model for Supporting Social and Emotional Competence in Children from Birth to Age 5

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), developed at Vanderbilt University (Tennessee, USA), is a …

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A Toolkit for Re-Examining Knowledge and Beliefs on Bullying

Eyes on Bullying is a toolkit that helps users understand bullying, to re-examine their own knowledge and beliefs about bullying, …

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Reduce Bullying Through School-Based Strategies

The P.E.A.C.E. Pack, developed in 2001, is an anti-bullying program from Flinders University (Adelaide, Australia). The systematic framework provided by …

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Teaching young children to cope with change and difficult situations- Zippy’s Friends

Zippy’s Friends, developed by UK-based charity, Partnership for Children, is a school-based program that aims to promote the mental health …

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A primary school program for coping with change: Apple’s Friends

Apple’s Friends, developed by UK-based charity, Partnership for Children, is a school-based program that aims to promote the mental …

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An Australian SEL program

The Ripple Kindness Project for Schools is an Australian, universal, social and emotional curriculum for the whole school that is …

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Improving school climate through promoting kindness: Rachel’s Challenge

The Awaken the Learner program aims to promote safe and positive school climates, and reduce bullying and violence through fostering …

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A Canadian SEL and Mindfulness program for Adolescents: The Mindfulness Ambassador Council (MAC)

The Mindfulness Ambassador Council (MAC) program, developed by Mindfulness without Borders (Canada), is designed to help adolescents face life’s challenges …

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Facilitating friendships and leadership opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The Best Buddies program, founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, aims to foster inclusiveness and acceptance of people with intellectual and …

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Integrating contemplative practices with SEL to build resilience in New York schools: The Inner Resilience Program (IRP)

The Inner Resilience Program (IRP) was founded by Linda Lantieri in 2002 in response to the effects of the September …

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A Classroom-based Mindfulness Program for Adolescents

Learning to BREATHE (L2B) is a mindfulness-based curriculum for use in classroom or group settings with adolescents, created by founder …

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Helping teachers build positive relationships with students through enhancing teacher social and emotional competencies

FuelEd, developed by therapist and researcher, Megan Marcus, focuses on educators as agents for students’ academic, social, and emotional learning. …

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A Restorative Justice program that helps to divert youth from the Canadian Criminal Justice System

The Restorative Youth Circles (RYC) program is developed by Peacebuilders International, a Canadian organization dedicated to improving the lives of …

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Reading with Dogs

AARF! is an innovative Animal Assisted Therapy Program currently offered in the Coquitlam School District in British Columbia, Canada. The …

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A universal violence prevention program in US schools: PeaceBuilders

The PeaceBuilders program, developed by PeacePartners (California, USA) in 2003, aims to prevent violence in schools through the creation of …

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Integrating mindfulness into classroom practice: The Mindful Schools curriculum

The Mindful Schools Curriculum, developed by Mindful Schools in Emeryville, CA, brings mindfulness practices into the K-12 classroom, by teaching …

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Don’t Laugh at Me: A free program for building caring, respectful environments

The Don’t Laugh At Me (DLAM) programs, created and distributed by Operation Respect, help build caring school and classroom …

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Creating safe, respectful environments with Operation Respect

Operation Respect, founded in 1999 by Peter Yarrow, is a non-profit education organization dedicated to creating safe, respectful, “bully-free” …

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Using stories of heroes to empower “sticking your neck out” for common good

The Giraffe Heroes project was founded by Ann Medlock to inspire and empower people to ‘stick their necks out’ for …

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Implementing meditation periods during school: The Quiet Time program

The Quiet Time program, developed by the David Lynch Foundation, aims to reduce student stress, enhance student wellness, and improve …

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Teaching children and adolescents the skills for cultivating mindfulness

The Inner Kids Program is developed by Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of “The Mindful Child”. This program aims to …

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Increasing Student Motivation by Fostering a Growth Mindset

The Brainology and MindsetMaker programs were developed by Carol Dweck, one of the world’s leading researchers in motivation.

Brainology is …

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A Canadian program for Positive Youth Development

Lions Quest Canada- The Centre for Positive Youth Development, is a Canadian organization with a mission to provide leadership, knowledge …

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Focusing on Friendships

The GirlPower & GoodGuys programs, developed by Dana Kerford in Ontario Canada, aims to help children develop the skills, language …

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Philanthropy education in K-12 Classrooms

The Learning to Give website is a treasury of resources for educators to teach about philanthropy, generosity, citizenship, and civic …

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Reducing bullying through building respect and social responsibility

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The Life Synergy for Youth program, developed and facilitated by Dwayne Peace, is a set of courses designed to deal …

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Using colored zones to teach emotion regulation

The Zones of Regulation, developed by Leah Kuypers in 2011, teaches students self-regulation using a systematic, cognitive behavior approach. Within …

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A social development approach to support children with academic or behavioral challenges

The Raising Healthy Children (RHC) program, developed by the Social Development Research Group in Seattle, WA, promotes positive youth development …

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A Canadian program for building a culture of respect within the sport community

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The Respect in Sport program, developed by the Respect Group in Canada, focuses on educating and empowering coaches, youth leaders, …

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Reducing adolescent risk behaviors through promoting healthy youth relationships: the Fourth R program

The Fourth R Program, developed by Dr David Wolfe at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, …

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A school reform model focused on creating positive and intentional relationships

Building Assets, Reducing Risks is a social and emotional learning school reform model initially developed by Angela Jerabek in the …

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Tools, Models, and Assessments for Fostering School and Afterschool Environments

Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency (PEAR) is a joint initiative between Harvard University and McLean Hospital whose aim is …

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A Professional Development Workshop/Consultation Program for Fostering a School Ecosystem

Founded in 1976, Lesson One is a professional development program that is designed to help schools establish and implement a …

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A school-wide, systems change bullying prevention program from Norway

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The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), created by Dr Dan Olweus in 1983 in Norway, is a whole-school, systems change …

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A school-wide bullying prevention program: Steps to Respect

Steps to Respect is a program developed by the Committee for Children in Seattle, WA, USA, to decrease bullying in …

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Teaching children to take responsibility through Restitution

The Restitution Self-discipline approach, developed by Diane Gossen in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, focuses on relationships, responsibility and respect as a …

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A program for teacher well-being: SMART in Education

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The SMART program, which stands for Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques in Education, was created in 2007 by the Impact …

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Empowering teen leaders in bully prevention

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This book, published in 2012, outlines the Bully Busters Program for High School, a schoolwide program that focuses on empowering …

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A violence prevention program for adults working with First Nations populations by the Canadian Red Cross

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This program, developed by the Canadian Red Cross, is designed to help adults working with First Nations/Inuit/Métis, to recognize and …

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A program that attends to the inner lives of teachers

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The Courage to Teach program, developed by Parker J. Palmer in 1992 in Seattle, WA, USA, attends to the inner …

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A mindfulness training program for teachers

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The CARE for Teachers program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education), developed by the Garrison Institute in New York in …

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Helping students manage test anxiety: The TestEdge Program

The TestEdge Program, developed by the Institute of Heartmath in California, USA, helps students overcome the stress and test anxiety …

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A One-day workshop to prevent violence, and promote resilience in youth: Point Break

Point Break, developed by Campus Life in California, USA, is a one-day (6-hour) workshop that aims to promote resiliency and …

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A conflict resolution program from Quebec: The Pacific Path Program

The Pacific Path Program, developed by the Pacific Institute in Montreal, Quebec, is a conflict resolution and violence prevention program …

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Creating caring and supportive learning communities: Tribes Learning Communities

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The Tribes concept was developed by Jeanne Gibbs in 1973 to build positive environments in schools and communities that would …

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An early intervention program for young children with behavioral problems: The Fluppy Preschool Program

The Fluppy Preschool Program was developed in Quebec, Canada (available only in French), for young children who are at risk …

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Helping students develop emotional intelligence: The RULER Approach

RULER is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning developed at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Students learn …

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Peer-led conflict mediation program: Peers Making Peace

Peers Making Peace, developed by PAX United in Texas, USA, is designed as a school-based, peer-mediation program for elementary through …

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An Anxiety Prevention and Resilience Building program in British Columbia: The BC Friends for Life program

The BC Friends for Life program (originally the FRIENDS program) was developed in Australia, and first introduced to schools in …

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Helping young children develop conflict resolution skills: Peace Works’ Peacemaking Skills for Little Kids program

Peace Works: Peacemaking Skills for Little Kids was developed by the Peace Education Foundation in Miami, Florida, USA, to help …

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Little kids learning about their hearts: The Early HeartSmarts Program for Preschool Children

The Early HeartSmarts Program for Preschool Children, developed by HeartMath Institute in California, USA, is designed to enhance the social …

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A school-based violence prevention and character education program for students: Too Good for Violence (TGFV)

Too Good for Violence (TGFV) was developed by the Mendez Foundation in Tampa, Florida, USA, to help students reduce risks, …

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A Safety Education program by The Canadian Center for Child Protection for children in Kindergarten to Grade 9: Kids in the Know

Kids in the Know was developed by the Canadian Center for Child Protection to help children develop resilience and reduce …

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An anti-bullying program from Finland: the KiVa program

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KiVa (an acronym for Kiusaamista Vastaan, “against bullying”) is a research-based program that was developed and evaluated through the University …

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A Canadian program for bully prevention: Dare to Care

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The Dare to Care program, developed in Canada, involves students, teachers and parents in efforts to eliminate bullying, and creates …

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Empowering youth in the protection of their physical, mental and emotional safety: The SAFETEEN program

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SAFETEEN is an assertiveness training program developed in Vancouver, BC, Canada to promote youth empowerment and safety in schools, with …

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A program to help older elementary school children resolve conflicts safely: the WITS LEADS program

WITS LEADS is a literature-based program that was developed in Victoria, BC, Canada, as an upward extension of the WITS

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Self-regulated learning through play: Tools of the Mind

Tools of the Mind is a play-based program for Preschool or Kindergarten children rooted in the teaching of developmental psychologist …

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A bullying and peer victimization prevention program for young children: The WITS Primary Program

The WITS Primary Program was developed in Victoria, BC, Canada, to teach children in Kindergarten to Grade 3 strategies for …

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Creating caring school communities: The Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP)

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The Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP), co-founded by Morningside Center and the New York City Department of Education in 1985, …

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A Canadian Red Cross program to promote healthy adolescent romantic relationships

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Healthy Youth Relationships (HYR) is a program developed by the Canadian Red Cross to help youth avoid violent relationships by …

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A Canadian Red Cross program for bullying prevention: Beyond the Hurt

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Beyond the Hurt is a bullying prevention program developed by the Canadian Red Cross. Through lessons, activities and videos, this …

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Teaching children how to think through social problems: The PATHS Program

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The Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) program, developed in Seattle in 2000, promotes social competence, emotion literacy and regulation, …

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The Open Circle approach for social and emotional learning

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The Open Circle approach was developed over thirty years ago in Wellesley College, MA, USA. The program pivots on 15-minute …

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Mindfulness training program for elementary school students: The MindUp Program

The MindUp curriculum, developed by the Goldie Hawn Foundation in Los Angeles, California, USA, combines cognitive neuroscience, positive psychology and …

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The social-emotional health unit in Michigan State’s health curriculum

This program was developed in 1985 to provide a consistent health education curriculum for all students in the state of …

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Teaching elementary school students to solve social problems: I Can Problem Solve (ICPS)

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I Can Problem Solve (ICPS) is a school-based program developed by Dr. Myrna B. Shure, a Psychology professor in Drexel …

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A dog in New York stars in this SEL program for young children: The Taxidog SEL program

Taxidog is a social and emotional learning program developed in New York for students in kindergarten through to grade three. …

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Creating developmentally appropriate environments and instruction for preschool children: The HighScope Educational Approach for preschoolers

The HighScope Educational Approach for preschoolers was developed over 40 years ago in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It is a comprehensive system …

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Building social and emotional skills for children, teachers and parents: The Incredible Years Series

The Incredible Years Series was developed by Carolyn Webster-Stratton in Seattle, Washington in the United States, and consists of three …

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Fostering students’ social and emotional skills through strong family-school partnerships

Competent Kids, Caring Communities (CKCC) aims to help schools develop “competent kids” by fostering students’ social and emotional skills, and …

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Strengthening connections, building community: The Caring School Community program

The Caring School Community (CSC) program, developed by the Center for Collaborative Learning, offers structures and practices that build classroom …

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Using puppets to help young children make healthier choices: The Al’s Pals program

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Al’s Pals, developed and distributed by Wingspan, is a comprehensive, resilience-based curriculum that fosters social-emotional skills in young children. The …

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Enhancing SEL through whole-school systems change: School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS)

School-wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) refers to a systems change process involving the entire school community. SWPBS is not a …

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Teaching SEL through children’s literature: The 4Rs Program

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The 4Rs Program, developed by the Morningside Center in New York in the United States, integrates social and emotional learning …

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Enhancing teacher effectiveness through SEL: The Responsive Classroom Approach

The Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach that has been linked to greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved …

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When kids feel good, they do good: The Positive Action program

Positive Action is a systemic program driven by the intuitive philosophy that kids want to learn when they feel good …

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Teaching children how to handle social problems: Second Step by the Committee for Children

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The Second Step program, developed by the Committee for Children in Seattle, Washington in the U.S., focuses on teaching children …

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Using babies to teach children about empathy

Roots of Empathy is a program that brings babies and parents into classrooms (K to Grade 8) to help students …