Pure Power

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Program description

Pure Power, offered by Pure Edge, Inc., provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades K-12 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness in grades 9-11. Translated materials for Pure Power are available in Spanish and American Sign Language.

      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • Relationship building
      • Positive classroom management
      • SEL generalization
      • Shared agreements
      • Adult SEL
      • 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 conducted in 2013 (published in 2016) supported the effectiveness of the Pure Power program for high school students. This evaluation included 112 students in one school who were in grades 9-11 (Latinx = 59%, Black = 22%, Asian = 11%; 85% of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch) in a public high school in a city in Northeast US. The study found that high school students who participated in the program had higher average GPAs compared to students in the control group (outcomes reported one year after baseline while controlling for outcome pretest and student participation).

  • Evidence shown in grades
    9, 10, 11
    School characteristics
      • Urban
      • Northeast
    Student characteristics
    • Asian / Asian American
    • Black / African American
    • Hispanic / Latinx
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Eligible for FRPL: 85%
    Study design type
    • RCT
    Greater than 350 students included in study design type
    • No
    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 Pure Power support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“Pure Edge helps school districts implement a "Culture of Care," integrating systemic SEL, at the school level. It recognizes the need to care for self and one another and empowers all members of the school community to flourish. The strategies are simple for educators to learn and share with learners and colleagues, as well as parents and caregivers.”
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