Building an effective social and emotional learning (SEL) program is a complex process that requires considerable research and testing, along with ongoing evaluations. We have written our programs with fidelity in mind and based them on extensive research into how kids make decisions, and what factors most influence their behavior.
Scientific research has shown that social-emotional learning helps reduce risk factors and build protective factors related to various risky or aggressive behaviors. Too Good programs are based on an accepted Theory of Change, employing strategies and teaching key behavioral skills shown to promote healthy decision making and positive outcomes.
Too Good programs are aligned with health and education standards established by national organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and The American School Counselors Association. Our programs have also been correlated to various state health education standards.
An Evidence-Based Program
Through third-party evaluations, Too Good programs have been shown to have positive effects on emotional competency skills, decision-making ability, intentions to use illicit substances, substance use behavior, and intentions to engage in aggressive behavior.
We regularly review our materials to find ways to improve the content or update the training. We stay in close contact with educators and youth leaders who are implementing the programs, so we are aware of any challenges they face and determine where we can make improvements. By consistently reviewing and revising our programs, and assuring alignment with state and national standards, we can offer a high-quality, effective option for social-emotional learning.
A Comprehensive Program
The Too Good skill development model maximizes understanding and application through a deliberate phased design. Each skill is introduced in a sequence of lessons that build the concepts of one skill to lay the foundation for the next. Each skill is then reapplied in the drug-specific and conflict-specific lessons. This comprehensive approach maximizes the protective effects of the skill set to address numerous risky behaviors with lasting effects.