Tools for Getting Along Together

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Program description

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.

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    • 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 (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).

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  • Evidence shown in grades
    4, 5
    School characteristics
      • Southeast
    Student characteristics
    • Black / African American
    • White
    • Low income
    Percentage 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 attitiudes

How does Tools for Getting Along Together support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“Each lesson follows a similar format with SEL concept introductions, active class discussions, and practice activities. Student activities take on many formats, including guided and independent practice of skills, small-group learning, and role-playing. Teachers are instructed to use the booster lessons to further generalization of learned skills.”

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References

  • Accepted by CASEL
  • 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

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