Smart Brain Wise Heart

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Program description

Smart Brain Wise Heart, offered by the Heart Math Institute, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades 4-10 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness in grade 10. Translated materials for Smart Brain Wise Heart are available in Spanish and Mandarin, with resources for parents available in Spanish, German, Indonesian, Chinese, Hebrew, Portuguese, and Dutch, among others.

      • 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 quasi-experimental (QE) evaluation conducted in the 2004–2005 academic year (published in 2007) supported the effectiveness of the Smart Brain Wise Heart program (previously called Test Edge). This evaluation was conducted on a sample of 749 adolescents in 10th grade (White = 43%; Latinx = 36%; Other = 21%; approximately 14.3% of students qualified for free or reduced lunch). The study found that students who participated in the program reported significantly lower levels of test anxiety, negative affect, emotional discord, and interactional difficulty at post-test compared to students from the control group (posttest occurred four months after baseline and analyses controlled for baseline differences in the outcome measure).

  • Evidence shown in grades
    School characteristics
      • West
    Student characteristics
    • Hispanic / Latinx
    • White
    • Multi-racial / other
    Percentage Low Income
    • Eligible for FRPL: 14%
    Study design type
    • QE
    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 Smart Brain Wise Heart support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“Smart Brain Wise Heart has multiple licensing options including school and family. Educators are encouraged to share the program's content with parents and members of extended family through a simple online enrollment process. In addition, parents and their students are encouraged to watch some of the core videos and enrichment activities together at home.”
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