Dr. Celene Domitrovich, one of the PATHS® program
developers, provides an overview of the benefits of a
multigrade SEL program
The PATHS® program is an elementary school curriculum that has been shown to significantly improve children's social and emotional skills. Social and emotional competence is a master skill that underlies both effective behavior and academic success.
The PATHS program covers these five domains of social and emotional development:
The PATHS program brings students through each of these domains in stages. While some of the units from the PATHS program target one or more of the domains, aspects of all five are integrated into each unit.
Each new unit builds on the learning that preceded it. The lessons are sequenced according to increasing developmental difficulty. However, teachers may delay a specific lesson until later in the sequence to make sure that it matches their students' emotional readiness.
To ensure continual reinforcement of key skills from the PATHS program, supplemental activities and a variety of at-home activities are included for parents and children to do together.
The PATHS program provides teachers and counselors with a systematic developmental approach for enhancing social and emotional understanding and academic competence in children.
The PATHS Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 5/6 classroom modules specifically address the following goals:
The PATHS Preschool/Kindergarten classroom module specifically addresses the following goals:
The PATHS® program is proven effective in Head Start classrooms! The curriculum also:
Positively evaluated for use in Head Start and other preschool classrooms!
The PATHS® Preschool/Kindergarten classroom module is one of two programs in the Office of Head Start's Social Emotional Preschool Curriculum Consumer Report to show evidence of all 12 components of an effective curriculum, with top ratings in:
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