The PATHS program is grounded in social and emotional learning (SEL). SEL helps children resolve conflicts peacefully, handle emotions positively, empathize, and make responsible decisions. When students learn and use SEL skills, behavior improves and disruptions lessen. Instead of wasting valuable classroom time managing misbehavior and providing discipline, teachers can teach and students can learn.
Developed and refined through nearly 30 years of research, the PATHS program is the premier social and emotional learning program available, and has been included or cited in over 40 published studies and texts. Plus, the PATHS program received the highest possible rating from Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development (Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado). The PATHS program is one of only 12 youth development programs to receive this elite recognition -- over 1,300 programs have been reviewed to date.
Data from more than 270,000 students was collected for a large-scale study of universal, school-based SEL programs, including the PATHS program. In that study, SEL students showed an 11% gain in academic achievement.
As reported in Science magazine, the PATHS program has been proven to help build executive functions (EFs) in children's developing brains. EFs include impulse control, problem solving, reasoning, planning, and working memory. These skills are proven predictors of math and reading competence throughout a child's school career. In fact, they're more important to a child's school readiness than IQ scores.
In rigorous clinical studies,* the PATHS program has been shown to:
*at one- or two-year follow-up, compared to matched-comparison children, supplemented with teacher training and support
**during a 4-year implementation period, compared to matched-comparison children, supplemented with teacher training and support
***In this study, a grade-level version of the program was supplemented with teacher training and support as well as additional interventions for students with conduct problems.
Sessions from the PATHS program are brief -- approximately 30 minutes -- so they are easy to fit within a scheduled class period. Plus, they correlate to Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and American School Counselor Association Standards. The program offers numerous connections to reading and language arts instruction.
The PATHS program is provided in a convenient grade-by-grade format to make implementation easier and more flexible. The PATHS classroom module for:
The Counselor's Package for Preschool-Grade 5/6 starts at $3,329. The Counselor's Package for Grades 1-5/6 starts at $2,489.
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Teaching the PATHS program is easy thanks to comprehensive introductory materials, the in-depth curriculum, parent-outreach tools, and other engaging program resources.
"If you can find even 20 minutes three times a week, you will see a big difference in your students' ability to solve problems for themselves, empathize with others, etc.... Teaching [the PATHS program] has saved me so much time in classroom management and problem solving. I no longer have to mediate every disagreement in my classroom. My kids have skills to problem-solve, and manage their anger and use self-control on their own."
-- Erin King
5th Grade Teacher
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