Tools for Getting Along Together, offered by the University of Florida College of Education, provides a lesson-based approach to SEL. It includes programming for grades 4-5 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness in grades 4-5. Translated materials are available in Spanish.
- Onsite in-person training
- Virtual training
- Offsite training
- Train the trainer model
- Administrator support
- 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 (published in 2012) supported the effectiveness of Tools for Getting Along for elementary school students. This evaluation included 1,152 grade 4 and 5 enrolled in schools in the US Southeast (white = 54%; Black = 35%; 79% of students qualified for free or reduced lunch). This evaluation found that students who participated in the program demonstrated higher self-reported social problem-solving skills compared to students in the comparison group (outcomes reported approximately 6 months after baseline).
Results from a randomized control trial published in 2016 supported the effectiveness of Tools for Getting Along for elementary school students. This evaluation (2016) was a replication study of the 2012 study and included 1,843 grade 4 and 5 enrolled in schools in the US Southeast (white = 70%, Black = 30%; 81% eligible for FRPL). The 2016 evaluation again found an increase in student self-reported social problem-solving skills compared to students in the comparison group (outcomes reported approximately 6 months after baseline).
- Black / African American
- Low income
- Percentage of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch: 81%
- 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
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Daunic, A. P., Smith, S.W., Garvan, C.W., Barber, B.R., Becker, M.K., Peters, C.D., Taylor, G.G., Van Loan, C.L., Li, W., Naranjo, A.H. (2012). Reducing developmental risk for emotional/ behavioral problems: A randomized controlled trial examining the Tools for Getting Along. Journal of School Psychology, 50, 149-166.
Smith, S.W., Aydin, B., Van Loan, C.L., Barber, B.R., Taylor, G.G. (2016). Effect of Tools for Getting Along on student risk for emotional and behavioral problems in upper elementary classrooms: A replication study. School Psychology Review, 45, 73-92