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Program description

GiveThx provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades 3-12 and demonstrated evidence of effectiveness at grades 9-12.

Strategies supporting educational equity

GiveThx offers strategies for understanding context. This includes professional learning modules that focus on unpacking how teachers can create a space where their students feel safe to express their identities. 

      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • Relationship building
      • SEL generalization
      • Adult SEL
      • Student Voice
      • 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 designed (QE) evaluation conducted in the 2017-2018 academic year (published in 2020) supported the effectiveness of GiveThx for high school students. This evaluation included 243 grade 9 through 12 students in an urban school district in the U.S. West region (Hispanic/Latinx = 85%, Asian American = 10%; 80% of participating students were eligible for FRPL). This evaluation found that students receiving instruction using GiveThx showed significantly greater growth in student-report positive affect, friend satisfaction, and overall life satisfaction compared to students in the control group (outcomes reported approximately 6 weeks after baseline, while controlling for outcome pre-test). Additionally, students receiving instruction using GiveThx showed significantly greater declines in student-reported anxiety and negative affect compared to students in the control group over the same period.

  • Evidence shown in grades
    9, 10, 11, 12
    School characteristics
      • Urban
      • West
    Student characteristics
    • Asian / Asian American
    • Hispanic / Latinx
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Eligible for FRPL: 80%
    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 GiveThx support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“GiveThx promotes SEL across multiple settings with curriculum, software, and training. Educators use practice guides and lessons to identify and integrate well-being and skill-building practices into class- and school-wide learning and professional routines. Readily accessible software provides a safe, engaging, and powerful way to build an inclusive learning community for all students and staff. ”
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