Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS) Classroom Intervention Program

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Program description

The Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS) Classroom Intervention Program, offered by SSIS CoLab, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades preK-8 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness in grades 1-2. Translated materials for SSIS Classroom Intervention Program are available in Spanish.

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      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • SEL generalization
      • Activities and Resources for Home
      • Individualized Communication
    • 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 2015 supported the effectiveness of Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS)  for elementary school students. This evaluation included 432 grade 2 students enrolled in urban and rural schools in the US Northeast (white = 46%; Black = 18%, Latinx = 18%). This evaluation found that students who participated in the program experienced a significant decrease in teacher-reported internalizing behaviors and increase in teacher-reported academic engagement compared to students in the comparison group (outcomes reported 4 months after baseline while controlling for outcome pretest).
Results from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) published in 2018 supported the effectiveness of Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS) for elementary school students. This evaluation included 696 grade 1 students enrolled in urban and rural schools in the US Northeast (white = 70%, Black = 24%). This evaluation found that students who participated in the program had significant improvements in teacher-reported academic engagement, motivation, empathy, and social engagement compared to students in the comparison group (outcomes reported four months after baseline while controlling for outcome pretest).
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  • Evidence shown in grades
    1, 2
    School characteristics
      • Rural
      • Urban
      • Northeast
    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 attitiudes

How does Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS) Classroom Intervention Program support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“With the SSIS SEL Classwide Intervention Program assessments completed by students, parents, and teachers so that a comprehensive understanding of students' SEL functioning are used to identify areas for continued improvement through the implementation of a S.A.F.E.R. (sequenced, active, focused, explicit, and RESPONSIVE) program.”

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References

  • Accepted by CASEL
  • DiPerna, J. C., Lei, P., Bellinger, J., & Cheng, W. (2015). Efficacy of the Social Skills Improvement System Classwide Intervention Program (SSIS-CIP) primary version. School Psychology Quarterly, 30(1), 123.

  • DiPerna, J. C., Lei, P., Cheng, W., Hart, S. C., & Bellinger, J. (2018). A Cluster Randomized Trial of the Social Skills Improvement System-Classwide Intervention Program (SSIS-CIP) in First Grade. Journal of Educational Psychology, 11(1), 1-16.

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