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A new study from the Washington State Institute for Public Policy shows that for every one dollar invested in PATHS®, policymakers can expect $15.66 in benefits.

The study examined implementation of the PATHS® curriculum and its impact on student test score performance over time. Based on the results and existing data related to student tests scores and future labor market success, researchers determined that for a relatively small investment ($354 over three years), individuals and society would see more than $5000 in benefits. That works out to more than $15 in net benefits for every $1 invested in PATHS®.


Here’s a summary of the findings:

Program benefits Summary statistics
Participants $2,988 Benefit to cost ratio $15.66
Taxpayers $1,269 Benefits minus costs $5,189
Other (1) $1,466 Probability of a positive net present value 63 %
Other (2) ($180)
Total $5,543
Costs ($354)
Benefits minus cost $5,189





And here’s some detail on where the social benefits accrue:


Source of benefits Benefits to
Participants Taxpayers Other (1) Other (2) Total
From primary participant
Crime $0 ($1) ($2) $0 ($4)
Labor market earnings (test scores) $2,990 $1,275 $1,476 $0 $5,741
Health care (disruptive behavior disorder) ($2) ($6) ($7) ($3) ($18)
Adjustment for deadweight cost of program $0 $0 $0 ($177) ($177)
Totals $2,988 $1,269 $1,466 ($180) $5,543





Schools in Cleveland and Colorado are among those seeing results from using the PATHS® curriculum:


A Colorado Success Story

Cleveland Embraces Social Emotional Learning



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A recent article in Education Week notes the success Cleveland Metro Schools is having with the use of PATHS®

From the June 10th, 2015 issue in a story entitled “Cleveland Embraces Social Emotional Learning”

Simple but powerful

In a kindergarten classroom at Wade Park Elementary School this spring, students huddled around their teacher in a tight circle while she held up cards that said “proud” and “ashamed” and explained to them what it’s like to feel those emotions.

“I felt proud when I graduated from college,” she said.

The children had started the day by writing one-word descriptions of their emotions on the classroom’s whiteboard, completing the prompt, “Today I feel,” with words like “happy,” “love,” and “tired” in shaky penmanship.

The simple morning classroom exercises are a small part of a data-driven, districtwide social-emotional learning plan in Cleveland that aims to boost students’ ability to make responsible decisions, regulate their own emotions and behavior, and build healthy relationships with their peers.

As a growing body of research links such competencies to higher academic achievement, school systems such as the 40,000-student Cleveland district have started to take notice.


Incorporating PATHS®

Social-emotional lessons are taught in a district-prescribed sequence, similar to traditional learning objectives. Elementary teachers use a curriculum called Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies, or PATHS. High schools have adopted varied approaches, including using history and writing assignments to help students share what they value and care about.

Each school has designated teams of staff members to lead social-emotional-learning efforts, work with families, and coordinate student supports.


How it started in Cleveland

Cleveland school leaders developed their social-emotional-learning strategy after a 2007 school shooting. In that incident, a 14-year-old gunman shot two students and two teachers at one of the district’s alternative high schools before killing himself.

Afterward, the district built up its safety hardware, installing more equipment like metal detectors to make buildings safer, said Eric Gordon, the district’s chief executive officer. But leaders also recognized a need to build emotional safety and supports for students, a strategy they refer to as “humanware.”


Cleveland Metro Schools CEO Eric Gordon is a strong proponent of social emotional learning and another recent article notes the districts continued use of the program in challenging situations.


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Posted under PATHS in Schools.

From Colorado Public Radio:


The PATHS curriculum is a comprehensive program, developed in the 1980s, that promotes emotional and social competencies. It’s in about 1,500 schools across the country — including some in Denver’s Montbello neighborhood. Multiple studies show PATHS reduces aggression, depression and behavior problems in elementary school-aged children.

CPR tells the story of one student who is an exemplar of what happens when PATHS® is put to work.

Read more about Sandra Baca and the experience in Denver Public Schools


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According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, “Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland schools, says he hopes that teachers were able to help students find constructive ways to handle controversial events, like today’s verdict in the Michael Brelo trial, in the last days before most schools closed Friday for the summer.”


Cleveland schools are known for a focus on social and emotional learning, and specifically, for using the PATHS® curriculum to help advance student learning.

Here, CEO Eric Gordon talks about the importance of social emotional learning to the success of his district:





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Good practice in PATHS was celebrated in March at The First UK PATHS® and Barnardo’s Conference “Integrating PATHS® into UK context” held in London UK. Invited guests had opportunities to find out how PATHS has been developed and embedded in local Norfolk County schools. The PATHS team displayed resources to show how PATHS schools address issues such as British values.  The event was also used to recruit new schools. PATHS is currently in 72 schools across Norfolk with a further 13 schools starting later in 2015.

See below for pictures from the event:


Freethorpe display 5


PATHS Norfolk 1


Celebration Nor 3



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