Hallway Heroes

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Program description

Hallway Heroes, offered by Chicken Soup for the Soul, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL with academic integration for english/language arts. It includes programming for grades 1-8 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness at grades 4-5. Student-facing materials for grade 1-3 are available in Spanish.

Strategies supporting educational equity

Hallway Heroes offers strategies for customizing for context. This includes ‘flags’ throughout the teacher manuals prompting the teacher to adjust lessons with an equity- or trauma-informed lens to meet the needs of students.

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      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • Relationship building
      • SEL generalization
      • Shared agreements
      • Student voice
      • Adult SEL
      • Service-learning
      • School Involvement
      • 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Results from a quasi-experimental evaluation (unpublished report written in 2019) supported the effectiveness of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Hallway Heroes Program for elementary students. In sum, these evaluations included 435 students who were in grades 4 and 5 (Black = 32%, white = 23%, Hispanic = 30%, multiracial/other = 10%; 73% of the student body at participating schools were eligible for FRPL). This evaluation found that students receiving instruction using the Chicken Soup for the Soul Hallway Heroes Program showed significantly greater growth in teacher-reported self-awareness, self-management, and responsible decision making than the control group (outcomes reported approximately 8 weeks after baseline while controlling for outcome pretest). Additionally, there was significantly greater growth in teacher-reported social-awareness and relationship skills in grade 5 students receiving instruction than grade 5 students in the control group; however, there was not a significant program effect for grade 4 students.

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  • Evidence shown in grades
    4, 5
    School characteristics
      • Urban
      • Southeast
    Student characteristics
    • Black / African American
    • Hispanic / Latinx
    • White
    • Multi-racial / other
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Eligible for FRPL: 73%
    • 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 attitiudes

How does Hallway Heroes support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“Hallway Heroes is designed to be used either in the classroom or in a counselor setting. It has also been used effectively in after-school and summer school. The stories on which each lesson is based are also designed to be sent home with students so that their parents/guardians can participate. The student journals encourage open-ended writing and provide opportunities for project based learning in the classroom and community.”

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References

  • Accepted by CASEL
  • Elliot, S. (2019). The Effectiveness of Chicken Soup for the Soul Hallway Heroes for Improving Student Social Emotional Skills. Unpublished report.

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