Ready to Learn

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Program description

Ready to Learn provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades preK-1 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness in Kindergarten.

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      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • Relationship building
      • Positive classroom management
      • 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) published in 2003 support the effectiveness of Ready to Learn for elementary students. The evaluation included 260 kindergarten students (predominantly white; middle class) in a suburban area in the US Southeast. The evaluation found that the students who participated in the program achieved higher scores on a standardized test of listening comprehension compared to students in the comparison group (outcomes were reported 1 year after baseline while controlling for outcome pretest). Additionally, students who participated in the program performed better on a teacher-reported student ADHD-related behaviors over this same period.

Results from a quasi-experiment (QE) conducted in the 2016-2017 academic year (unpublished report written in 2020, Kuba et al.) supported the effectiveness of Ready to Learn for elementary students. This evaluation included 297 kindergarten students (white = 33%, Black = 32%, Latinx = 26%) enrolled in Title 1 public schools in the US Southeast. The study found that kindergarten students who participated in the program had significant teacher-reported improvements in prosocial behaviors, as well as improvements in reading performance compared to students in the control group (outcomes reported a year after baseline while controlling for outcome pretest).

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  • Evidence shown in grades
    K
    School characteristics
      • Suburban
      • Southwest
    Student characteristics
    • Black / African American
    • Hispanic / Latinx
    • White
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Not Specified
    • 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 Ready to Learn support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“The Ready to Learn model is designed to be a school-wide SEL program by providing classroom lessons for each grade level K-12. The model also features a parent education component.”

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References

  • Accepted by CASEL
  • Brigman, G. A., & Webb, L. D. (2003). Ready to learn: Teaching kindergarten students school success skills. The Journal of Educational Research, 96, 286-292.

  • Kuba, S.P., Villares, E., Brigman, G. & Mariani, M. (unpublished). The Impact of the Ready to Learn Program on Kindergarteners’ Pro-Social and Self-Regulation Skills, Reading Performance, and Teachers’ Perceptions of Classroom Climate.

  • Other references
  • Cohen, L., Bowers, H., Brigman, G., & Villares, E. (unpublished). The Impact of Ready to Learn on Prosocial Skills and Reading Skills of First Grade Students

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