Passport Skills for Life

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Program description

Passport, offered by Partnership for Children, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades 3-6 and demonstrated evidence of effectiveness at grades 3-6. Translated materials are available in French (original language), Norwegian, Arabic, Brazilian, and Lithuanian.

Strategies supporting educational equity

Passport features strategies for customizing for context. This includes guidance on certain lessons and topics, such as coping with loss and for tailoring the content to the local community.

      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • Relationship building
      • Positive classroom management
      • SEL generalization
      • Shared agreements
      • Student voice
      • Adult SEL
      • Peer mentoring
      • Student supports
      • Student Voice
      • 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 randomized control trial (RCT) evaluation conducted in the 2012-2013 academic year (published in 2020) supported the effectiveness of Passport for elementary school students. This evaluation included 1,492 grade 3 through 6 students in suburban and urban school districts in Québec, Canada (white = 90%; 61% of students attend a school in a poor area). The program was implemented in French. This evaluation found that students receiving instruction using the Passport program showed significantly greater growth in both student- and teacher-reported academic engagement and in student-reported positive coping strategies (outcomes reported approximately 9 months after baseline, while controlling for outcome pretest and relevant demographic covariates).

  • Evidence shown in grades
    3, 4, 5, 6
    School characteristics
      • Urban
      • Suburban
      • Non-US location
    Student characteristics
    • White
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • 61% of students attend a school in a poor area: %
    Study design type
    • RCT
    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 Passport Skills for Life support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“The Passport Skills for Life program is implemented in the classroom with SEL lessons and home activities to support the development of SEL transferable skills, which are practiced across all settings. A whole school approach is supported through instructional practices and relationship building. Community engagement is encouraged through Youth Action in our ‘Fairness and Justice’ module.”
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  • Program approach: Free Standing Lessons
  • Significant evaluation outcomes: Improved school connectedness, Improved other SEL skills and attitudes
  • Student characteristics: White, Low income
  • School characteristics: Urban, Suburban, Non-US location
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