Mindful Practices & Class Catalyst: An Integrated SEL Approach

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Program description

Mindful Practices & Class Catalyst: An Integrated SEL Approach, offered by Mindful Practices, LLC, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades Pre-K-12 and demonstrated evidence of effectiveness at grades prekindergarten through 2. Translations of all materials are available in Spanish.

Strategies supporting educational equity

Mindful Practices & Class Catalyst features strategies for customizing for context. This includes opportunities throughout training and curriculum for teachers to reflect on the context and the needs of their students.

      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • Relationship building
      • Positive classroom management
      • Shared agreements
      • Student supports
      • Service-learning
      • 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Results from a quasi-experimental designed (QE) evaluation conducted in the 2020-2021 academic year (unpublished report written in 2021) supported the effectiveness of Mindful Practices & Class Catalyst for elementary students. This evaluation included 185 prekindergarten through grade 2 students in a suburban school district in the U.S. Midwest region (white = 65%; Black/African American = 18%; 57% of student body eligible for FRPL at participating schools). This evaluation found that students receiving instruction using Mindful Practices & Class Catalyst showed significantly greater growth in teacher-report school engagement and positive social behaviors compared to students in the control group (outcomes reported approximately 16 weeks after baseline, while controlling for outcome pre-test).

  • Evidence shown in grades
    Pre-K, K, 1, 2
    School characteristics
      • Suburban
      • Midwest
    Student characteristics
    • Black / African American
    • White
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Eligible for FRPL: 57%
    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 Mindful Practices & Class Catalyst support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“Mindful Practices' Curricular Frameworks provide a web-based PK-12th grade curriculum aligned to the 5 CASEL competencies, and includes an innovative web-based check-in platform, Class Catalyst, as well as video library of SEL practices, SEL On Demand. The platform guides student and staff users to continue to build and practice their SEL skills and build student agency. ”
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