Heartfulness Program for Schools

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Program description

Heartfulness Program for Schools, offered by the Heartfulness Institute, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades K-12 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness at grades 7-8. Translated materials for Heartfulness Program for Schools are available in Spanish, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.

      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • SEL generalization
      • Shared agreements
      • Adult SEL
      • Family Intervention Component
      • 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 study conducted in the 2017-2018 school year (published in 2019) supported the effectiveness of the Heartfulness Program for middle school students. This evaluation included 112 students who were in grades 7 and 8 (Black = 33%, White = 43%, Asian = 12%, and Latinx = 12%) in a Midwestern School. The evaluation found that students who participated in the program self-reported significantly lower perceived stress and significantly higher mental well-being than students who were in the control group (outcomes reported 13 weeks after baseline while controlling for outcome pretest).

  • Evidence shown in grades
    7, 8
    School characteristics
      • Urban
      • Midwest
    Student characteristics
    • Asian / Asian American
    • Black / African 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 Heartfulness Program for Schools support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“HPS offers programs for the whole community by providing them with tools and techniques that promote a heart-based nurturing environment focusing on relaxation, positivity and developing growth mindsets. HPS offers programs for students in K-12, training for teachers and staff, and workshops for families.”
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