Developing Cognitive, Social, and Self-Management Skills: Student Success Skills

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Student Success Skills is an elementary school program developed by Greg Brigman, Professor of counseling at Florida Atlantic University, and Linda Web, Senior Research Associate at Florida State University. This program is focused on building cognitive skills, social skills, and self-management skills including goal setting, encouraging peers, and managing anxiety. The program can help students with learning the regular school curriculum and help educators also foster positive classrooms. This program is implemented over five weeks with one lesson per week, followed by one “booster” lesson per month for three months. Group lessons are available for students who require additional support on these skills and strategies. Parent workshops are also available to provide families with additional resources and support. Teachers receive one full day of in person training and are provided with a program manual, lesson plans, and access to a trainer for ongoing support, consultation, and coaching.

Student Success Skills is listed as a SELect program on the CASEL guide, which reports positive evaluation outcomes for the program. Students in the 4th and 5th grade who received this program in Spanish demonstrated higher math and reading standardized test scores, as reported in a 2011 study.

Evaluation data from (as reported on CASEL website):  León, A., Villares, E., Brigman, G., Webb, L., & Peluso, P. (2011). Closing the achievement gap of Latina/Latino students: A school counseling response. Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, 2(1), 73-86.