[IMAGE] Hawaiian students engage in social and emotional learning (SEL) project.
Hawaii’s Pillars of Peace program was launched by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation to help students cultivate compassion, mindfulness, and justice in their daily lives and to better understand the roles of diversity and culture in the practice of peace. A key component of the project was an initiative designed to encourage the use of social and emotional learning (SEL) educational components in Hawaiian schools and community organizations. SEL skills, positive discipline, and a safe and healthy school climate align closely with Native Hawaiian values such as belonging, respect, generosity, and responsibility.
IMPAQ used a mixed methods approach, which included culturally responsive evaluation practices, to evaluate the implementation, effectiveness, and sustainability of the project. This included analysis of grantee administrative data, Hawai‘i DOE public use data, student, teacher and parent surveys, site visit interviews, and on-site observations of teacher professional development and classroom activities. This study provided valuable information on what it takes to effectively implement SEL programs in Hawaiian schools.
IMPAQ’s team of researchers have decades of experience in educational program evaluation, data collection, database management, and data analysis. Two of the research analysts who worked on this project have served as data collection coordinators, database managers, site visitors, and data analysts on studies of Hawaii’s educational programs since 2010. The project director has over a decade of experience evaluating educational programs throughout the state of Hawai’i.