Michigan Model for Health: Middle School

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Program description

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
    • 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 published in 1996 supported the effectiveness of Michigan Model for Health with middle school students. This evaluation included 442 grade 6 and 7 students enrolled in urban, suburban, and rural schools in the US Midwest region (predominantly white and Black). This evaluation found that students who participated in the Michigan Model for Health: Middle School 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).

  • Evidence shown in grades
    6, 7
    School characteristics
      • Rural
      • Urban
      • Suburban
      • Midwest
    Student characteristics
    • Black / African American
    • White
    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 Michigan Model for Health support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“Family Resources Sheets are provided to parents and guardians to reinforce learning and encourage parent-child interaction for students. The MMH curriculum provides teachers with specific entry points for inviting community resource people into the classroom to enhance and extend student learning on health topics including social and emotional well-being.”
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  • Program approach: Free Standing Lessons
  • Significant evaluation outcomes: Reduced problem behaviors
  • Student characteristics: Black / African American, White
  • School characteristics: Rural, Urban, Suburban, Midwest
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