Circle of Education

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Program description

Circle of Education, offered by delibrainy LLC, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL with academic integration for literacy. It includes programming for grades Pre-K-1 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness in Pre-K. Translated materials are available in Spanish.

      • SEL lessons
      • Relationship building
      • Positive classroom management
      • Student supports
      • Service-learning
      • Community volunteer activities
      • Family Intervention Component
      • Activities and Resources for Home
      • 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 quasi-experimental (QE) study conducted in the 2009-2010 school year (published in 2013) support the effectiveness of the Circle of Education curriculum for PreK students. The evaluation included Pre-K students enrolled in a university campus child care center in the US Southwest (white = 52%, Latino = 17%, Asian American = 11%). The evaluation found that Pre-K students who participated in the program performed better on teacher-reported social cooperation, social interaction, social independence, and school readiness compared to students in the comparison group (outcomes reported approximately four to eight months after baseline while controlling for outcome pretest).

  • Evidence shown in grades
    School characteristics
      • Southwest
    Student characteristics
    • Asian / Asian American
    • Hispanic / Latinx
    • White
    Percentage Low Income
    • Not Specified
    Study design type
    • QE
    Greater than 350 students included in study design type
    • No
    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 Circle of Education support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“The Circle of Education program supports SEL implementation across multiple settings through 18 thematic units targeted towards educators in the classroom, schoolwide, and with families. All program components work together to promote learning readiness, academic development, family engagement, and connections between classroom and home.”
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