Adventures Aboard the S.S. Grin

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Program description

Adventures Aboard the S.S. Grin, offered by Centervention, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming intended for grade 3-5 and demonstrated evidence of effectiveness at grade 3. Students engage with the program online with little teacher involvement.

      • SEL lessons
      • Student supports
      • Individualized Communication
    • Onsite in-person training
    • Virtual training
    • Offsite training
    • Train the trainer model
    • Administrator support
    • Coaching
    • Technical assistance
    • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
    • Online resource library
    • Self-report tools for monitoring implementation
    • Observational tools
    • Tools for measuring student success

Evidence of effectiveness

Results from a randomized control trial (RCT) evaluation conducted in the 2019-2020 academic year (published in 2021) supported the effectiveness of Adventures Aboard the S.S. Grin for elementary students. This evaluation included 365 grade 3 students in urban and suburban school districts in the U.S. West region (Hispanic/Latinx = 47%; Asian American = 25%; 63% of student body eligible for FRPL at participating schools). This evaluation found that grade 3 students receiving instruction using Adventures Aboard the S.S. Grin showed significantly greater growth in teacher-reported improved positive social behaviors (including communication skills) and performance-based assessments of social skills (including SEL-oriented goals and solutions) compared to students in the control group (outcomes reported approximately 16 weeks after baseline, while controlling for outcome pre-test and relevant demographic covariates).

  • Evidence shown in grades
    School characteristics
      • Urban
      • Suburban
      • West
    Student characteristics
    • Asian / Asian American
    • Hispanic / Latinx
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Eligible for FRPL: 63%
    Study design type
    • RCT
    Greater than 350 students included in study design type
    • Yes
    Multiple school districts included at study design type
    • Yes
    • Improved academic performance
    • Reduced emotional distress
    • Improved identity development and agency
    • Reduced problem behaviors
    • Improved school climate
    • Improved school connectedness
    • Improved social behaviors
    • Improved teaching practices
    • Improved other SEL skills and attitudes

How does Adventures Aboard the S.S. Grin support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“Adventures Aboard the S.S. GRIN is an engaging online story-based SEL game where children in grades 3-5 learn by helping animated characters resolve various interpersonal issues. Because it is web based, students can access it across multiple settings to learn, build, and practice social skills on their own or in group settings.”
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