Strong Kids Curriculum
Initiative Description: Twelve 40 to 50 minutes lessons promoting emotion regulation, personal resilience, and interpersonal problem solving), BEST behavior approach – 3 to 5 core behavioral expectations (Be safe, be respectful, be responsible ), progressive method of responding to problem behavior (for minor problem behaviors – proximity control, redirection tactic, prompt appropriate behavior, teaching interaction with delivery of warning first and in-class disciplinary consequence second), ongoing teaching and modeling of expectations (show-tell-do reminders each week), cueing the use of expectations via posters and signals (posters and hand signal), and reinforcement of students when they exhibit the behavioral expectations through the use of contingent praise and issuance of tickets that can be exchanged at the class store for items, activities and privileges – and PBIS-SEL combo all resulted in teacher-rated improvements in internalizing and externalizing behaviors – with the combo being the most effective
Study Results: Improved classroom behavior.
Reference: Cook, C. R., Frye, M., Slemrod, T., Lyon, A. R., Renshaw, T. L., & Yanchen, Z. (2015). An integrated approach to universal prevention: independent and combined effects of PBIS and SEL on youths’ mental health. School Psychology Quarterly, 30(2), 166-183. doi:10.1037/spq0000102
Level of Evidence: Good