Teen Connection Project

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Program description

The Teen Connection Project, offered by Wyman National Network, offers a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades 9-12 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness in grades 9-12. Participant handouts and the youth outcome survey are both available in Spanish.

Strategies supporting educational equity

The Teen Connection Project provides strategies for customizing for context. This includes intentional exploration and guidance around how the program could fit within the context of a school district or community.

      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • Relationship building
      • Positive classroom management
      • Shared agreements
      • Student voice
      • Adult SEL
    • 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) evaluation conducted in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years (published in 2020) supported the effectiveness of the Wyman’s Teen Connection Project for high school students. This evaluation included 610 grade 9-12 students enrolled in metropolitan schools in the US Midwest (Black = 59%, white = 17%, multiracial/other = 13%; 67% of students in the participating districts were eligible for FRPL). This evaluation found that students receiving instruction using the Teen Connection Project Program showed significantly greater growth in student-report comfort with classmates, a construct that taps into school belonging, than the control group (outcomes reported approximately 12 weeks and again 28 weeks after baseline, while controlling for outcome pretest).

  • Evidence shown in grades
    9, 10, 11, 12
    School characteristics
      • Urban
      • Suburban
      • Midwest
    Student characteristics
    • Black / African American
    • White
    • Multi-racial / other
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Eligible for FRPL: 67%
    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 Teen Connection Project support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“TCP is designed to enhance teens’ SEL skills by empowering them to build supportive peer groups and healthy relationships and then spread those messages. The program is designed to meet adolescent developmental needs and can be implemented in a variety of settings, including: in-school, after-school, through community organizations or in systems.”
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  • Program approach: Free Standing Lessons
  • Significant evaluation outcomes: Improved school connectedness
  • Student characteristics: Black / African American, White, Multi-racial / other, Low income
  • School characteristics: Urban, Suburban, Midwest
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