Whole Learners has been a part of two research studies involving 8 school districts and over 100 educators. Evaluation of our program has shown that Whole Learners supports schools and educators in creating:
At schools where Whole Learners© was provided, observable elements of the classroom environment and instruction were observed and scored on a 1-4 scale based on Danielson's Framework for Teaching. Higher scores reflect a more genuine, caring environment, and also indicate that students are taking initiative, and there is little loss of instructional time. As graphically demonstrated below, classroom scores for those with Whole Learners© support (School A and School B) both improved over the school year, and had overall higher scores than educators who were not provided this program (School C).
Adolescent Connectedness Research
Our team and colleagues from the Healthy Youth Development - Prevention Research Center are committed to improving the lives of adolescents. We develop public solutions that promote adolescent health through training, research and community engagement. Read more about our work and the latest research on this topic:
- Associations between dimensions of school engagement and bullying victimization and perpetration among middle school students. Forster M, Gower A, Gloppen K, Sieving RE, Oliphant J, Plowman S, Gadea A, & McMorris BJ. (in press, OCT 2019). School Mental Health.
- Youth-Adult Connectedness: A Key Protective Factor for Adolescent Health. This article summarizes the work or our UMN Healthy Youth Development Prevention Center highlighting the importance of youth-adult connection in promoting well-being and protecting against harm in both vulnerable groups and general population of youth.
- Requirements for healthy development of adolescent youth. In 1973, Gisela Konopka transformed the way adolescence was defined. She created the foundation for positive youth development field and challenged how systems saw and treated youth.
- Positive Youth Development and Restorative Practices. This article describes how the positive youth development framework can be applied and how much complements the restorative justice approaches.
- CDC study published in Pediatrics suggests that youth who feel connected at home and at school were less likely to experience health risk behaviors related to mental health, violence, sexual health, and substance use in adulthood.
- Schools, parents, and healthcare providers have a major role in ensuring that adolescents feel engaged and connected. Concrete actions schools and parents can take, as well as resources, are available on the CDC's new adolescent connectedness webpage.
- The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth, the second in a series of consensus reports from the National Academy of Medicine's Culture of Health Program, is now available as a free PDF download.