Connect Science

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Program description

Connect Science provides a lesson-based approach to SEL with academic integration with science. It includes a 4th Grade curriculum that can be adjusted to be appropriate for 3rd and 5th graders and demonstrated evidence of effectiveness at the 4th grade level.

Strategies supporting educational equity

Connect Science offers strategies for customizing for context and youth action projects. This includes strategies throughout teacher manuals for customizing lessons to speak to the needs of the local community. Additionally, the entire program is organized around student-driven service learning projects that address local community needs.

      • SEL lessons
      • Relationship building
      • SEL generalization
      • Shared agreements
      • Student voice
      • Service-learning
      • Community partnerships
    • 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 2017-2018 academic year (published in 2021) supported the effectiveness of the Connect Science for elementary students. This evaluation included 868 grade 4 students enrolled in schools in the US Southeast (Black = 37%, white = 34%, Hispanic = 24% ; 50% of the student body at participating schools was eligible for SNAP and or TANF benefits). This evaluation found that students receiving instruction using the Connect Science Program demonstrated significantly higher post-test science achievement and student-reported civic engagement, specifically energy attitudes and behaviors, than the students in the control group.

  • Evidence shown in grades
    School characteristics
      • Southeast
    Student characteristics
    • Black / African American
    • Hispanic / Latinx
    • White
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Percentage of the student body at participating schools that were eligible for SNAP and/or TANF benefit: 50%
    Study design type
    • RCT
    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 Connect Science support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“Connect Science provides students with collaborative skills to become changemakers in classrooms, schools, at home, and in the community. They learn skills like problem and positive solution identification, active listening, respectful communication, and taking multiple perspectives to be used to make positive contributions in their communities.”
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