Ripple Effects delivers measurable outcomes
Qualitative case studies indicate the program works with students from a wide range of backgrounds, from rural Indian reservations, to urban juvenile justice settings. It reduces in school suspension rates, and improves communication with adults. Not more surprisingly, it has been successfully delivered by trained counselors and teachers. Surprisingly non-professional personnel, from a school janitor, to cafeteria worker, to peer mediators have had similar outcomes. Because the expertise is in the box, they don’t mediate the content at all.
A theory base drawn from more than 700 studies of the efficacy of specific cognitive, behavioral, attention and social skill training strategies in live instruction settings has been mined to transfer the most successful of those techniques to the computer, preserving content fidelity while allowing site specific adaptation and making these techniques more accessible to students who may be kinesthetic learners, be weak readers, or have short attention spans.
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