Manners of the Heart

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Program description

Manners of the Heart provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades K-5 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness at grades K and 5. Family/Home connection letters are available in Spanish.

      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • Relationship building
      • Positive classroom management
      • SEL generalization
      • Shared agreements
      • Systemic support for SEL
      • Service-learning
      • Community volunteer activities
      • Family Intervention Component
      • Connecting Families With Community Supports
      • 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Results from a quasi-experimental (QE) evaluation conducted in the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years (unpublished report written in 2014) supported the effectiveness of Manners of the Heart for elementary students. This evaluation included 1,760 students (at post-test) in grades K-5 in an urban school district in U.S. Southeast region (over 80% African American; 84% eligible for FRPL). This evaluation found that kindergarten students who participated in the program demonstrated significant positive change in standardized reading scores, and that participating grade 5 students demonstrated significant positive change in standardized mathematics scores compared to students in the control group (outcomes reported approximately 9 months after baseline). However, the evaluation also found that grade 2 students in the control group outperformed treatment students on standardized mathematics scores. Moreover, outcome pre-test scores were not adjusted for in analyses.

  • Evidence shown in grades
    K, 5
    School characteristics
      • Urban
      • Southeast
    Student characteristics
    • Black / African American
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Eligible for FRPL: 84%
    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 Manners of the Heart support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“From day one, Manners of the Heart curriculum teaches students to do the right thing because it’s good for others. We teach through the philosophy that regardless of the differences we may see on the outside, we all have the same heart needs: to love and be loved, to respect and be respected, to know and be known, to understand and be understood.”

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  • Accepted by CASEL
  • LeBlanc, M. (2014). Manners of the Heart: Evaluation Report 2013-2014 Elementary Program Research Study. Unpublished report.

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