Lion’s Quest: Skills for Growing

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Program description

Lion’s Quest: Skills for Growing, offered by Lions Club International, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades K-4 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness at grades 1-4. Programming for grades 5-8 are available in the companion program, Lion’s Quest: Skills for Adolescence. Translated materials for Lion’s Quest: Skills for Growing are available in 46 languages, including Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Arabic.

      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • Relationship building
      • Positive classroom management
      • SEL generalization
      • Shared agreements
      • Student voice
      • Systemic support for SEL
      • Adult SEL
      • Group structures
      • Student Voice
      • Service-learning
      • Community partnerships
      • 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 2013-2014 academic year (published in 2016) supported the effectiveness of Lions Quest Skills for Growing for elementary students. This evaluation included 417 grades 1 through 4 students enrolled in multiple urban schools in Turkey. This evaluation found that students who participated in the program engaged in more observer-reported positive cooperative behaviors and less belittling behaviors compared to students in the comparison group (outcomes reported 8 months after baseline). Although baseline equivalency was met, analyses did not adjust for pre-test scores, and therefore Lion’s Quest Skills for Growing is designated as Promising.

  • Evidence shown in grades
    1, 2, 3, 4
    School characteristics
      • Urban
      • Non-US location
    Student characteristics
    • Not Specified
    Percentage Low Income
    • Not Specified
    Study design type
    • QE
    Greater than 350 students included in study design type
    • Yes
    Multiple school districts included at study design type
    • Yes
    • 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 Lion’s Quest support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“Lions Quest offers curriculum and supplemental material, and professional development, to help build connections between the home, school, and community. Program resources include service-learning units, guides for family meetings, and supplemental activities to assist educators in building skills beyond the lesson. ”
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  • Program approach: Free Standing Lessons
  • Significant evaluation outcomes: Reduced problem behaviors, Improved social behaviors
  • School characteristics: Urban, Non-US location
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