Changemakers: A Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

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Program description

Changemakers; A Social Emotional Learning Curriculum, offered by The Momentous Institute, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades Pre-K-5 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness at grades K-2. Translated materials for Changemakers are available in Spanish.

Strategies supporting educational equity

Changemakers features strategies for customizing for context and youth action projects. This includes information and guidance throughout teacher manuals on viewing students through both an equity- and trauma-informed- lens (and customizing instruction accordingly). Additionally, some units within the program provide guidance for creating and facilitating student-driven service learning projects.

      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • Relationship building
      • SEL generalization
      • Shared agreements
      • Adult SEL
      • Peer mentoring
      • Student Voice
      • Service-learning
      • Activities and Resources for Home
    • 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Results from a quasi-experimental study (unpublished report written in 2019) supported the effectiveness of Changemakers (formerly titled Settle Your Glitter) for elementary school students. This evaluation included 400 students who were in kindergarten to grade 2 in the US Southeast (African American = 76%, Latinx = 15%; FRPL = 97%). This evaluation found that students who participated in the program demonstrated significantly higher emotional recognition and social problem-solving skill scores compared to students in the comparison group (outcomes reported approximately 8 months after baseline), while controlling for outcome pre-test. Findings also showed that the control group outperformed the intervention group on one outcome (i.e., social perspective-taking), which may have been due to control students participating in a “business as usual” literacy initiative authorized by that school’s leadership.

  • Evidence shown in grades
    K, 1, 2
    School characteristics
      • Suburban
      • Southeast
    Student characteristics
    • Black / African American
    • Hispanic / Latinx
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Eligible for FRPL: 97%
    Study design type
    • QE
    Greater than 350 students included in study design type
    • Yes
    Multiple school districts included at study design type
    • No
    • 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 Changemakers support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“Each unit in Changemakers includes practices that build positive classroom and school-wide culture. Family overviews encourage at-home practice of SEL skills taught in the classroom. The service learning component of the curriculum encourages interaction within the broader community both in service and access to resources.”

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  • Accepted by CASEL
  • Thierry, K., (2019). Efficacy of Settle Your Glitter Curriculum: Impact on kindergarten, first, and second grade students. Unpublished manuscript. Momentous Institute, Dallas, TX.

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