Sky Schools

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Program description

Sky Schools, offered by the International Association for Human Values, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL, with a focus on mindfulness. It includes programming for grades 6-12 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness in grades 7-10. Translated materials for Sky Schools are available in Spanish and Portuguese.

      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • SEL generalization
      • 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Results from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) conducted in the 2011-2012 academic year (unpublished report) supported the effectiveness of Sky Schools for middle and high school students. This evaluation included 394 students in two schools who were in grades 7 to 10 (Latinx = 90%; 91% students were eligible for free or reduced lunch). This evaluation found that students who participated in the program self-reported increased empathy compared to students in the comparison group (outcomes reported approximately four weeks after baseline).

  • Evidence shown in grades
    7, 8, 9, 10
    School characteristics
      • Suburban
      • West
    Student characteristics
    • Hispanic / Latinx
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Eligible for FRPL: 91%
    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 Sky Schools support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“SKY Schools implementation begins with the adults. Faculty, staff, administrators and parents are invited to learn the proprietary stress-reduction breathing and mind-calming cognitive adjustment curriculum Adults are taught methods to reduce their own stress and are thus better able to provide calm and effective support.”

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  • Accepted by CASEL
  • Ghahremani, D.G., Oh, E.Y., Rana, S., Agrawal, P., Dean, A.C. (not dated). Effects of integration of controlled breathing with social-emotional life-skills training on emotional empathy in adolescents. Unpublished manuscript

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