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School administrators explain why they chose
the PATHS® program

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How the PATHS® Program Works

The PATHS program is a comprehensive SEL curriculum that is evidence-based and proven effective. The premier SEL program, the PATHS curriculum is used around the world. It offers a common framework for effective SEL instruction from preschool through kindergarten and the elementary grades. Its convenient grade-level format makes implementation easy and effective.

The PATHS program is grounded in the science of children's brain development, which has determined that children experience and react to strong emotions before developing the cognitive abilities to verbalize them.

The PATHS program's practical, effective strategies have been developed and refined through nearly 30 years of research. Not only has it been included or cited in over 40 published studies and texts, but 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.

Lessons from the PATHS program are easy to fit into and around regular classroom routines. Sessions are brief -- approximately 30 minutes -- so they are easy to conduct 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.

Conveniently designed for grade-level implementation! Image: A teacher and students using the PATHS(R) program

Program Objectives and Goals

The PATHS program covers five domains of social and emotional development and dozens of educational objectives and goals, such as increasing self-control and helping children recognize and understand how one's behavior affects others. Visit our program objectives and goals page for additional information.

Program Implementation

Learn more about why the PATHS program is easy and effective to implement on our program implementation page!

Results and Recognition

The PATHS program is proven-effective and nationally and internationally recognized by more than a dozen noteworthy organizations and agencies. To learn more, visit our results and recognition page.

Correlations to National Standards

When you choose the PATHS program, you can simultaneously teach essential social and emotional learning skills while meeting other core competencies. Learn more about this great advantage on our correlations to national standards page.


Find out what educators around the country have to say about the PATHS program on our testimonials page. Here's a hint: they're delighted!

PATHS At-a-Glance

Need to share information on the PATHS program with colleagues, but don't want to print out multiple pages? Our PATHS At-a-Glance page provides a concise overview that makes information sharing a breeze!

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