Michigan Model for Health: Middle School, offered by the Michigan Department for Health and Human Services, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades 6-8 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness at grades 6-7. Programming for grades K-5 are available through its companion program, Michigan Model for Health: Elementary School.
Strategies supporting educational equity
Michigan Model for Health: Middle School offers strategies for youth action projects. This includes guidance for students to create and implement an advocacy campaign on an issue that impacts their school and local community.
- SEL lessons
- Activities and Resources for Home
- Onsite in-person training
- Virtual training
- Offsite training
- Train the trainer model
- Administrator support
- 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 published in 1996 supported the effectiveness of Michigan Model for Health with middle school students. This evaluation included 442 grade 6 and 7 enrolled in urban, suburban, and rural schools in the US Midwest (predominantly white and Black). This evaluation found that students who participated in the program self-reported lower frequencies of alcohol use behaviors compared to students in the control group (outcomes reported 21 months after baseline while controlling for outcome pretest).
- Black / African American
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- 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
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- Accepted by CASEL
Shope, J. T., Copeland, L. A., Marcoux, B. C., & Kamp, M. E. (1996). Effectiveness of a school-based substance abuse prevention program. Journal of Drug Education, 26, 323-337.
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