Results

Kelso’s Choice Conflict Management Skills program has been shown to be effective through its use at various schools around the country and all over the world for over 25 years. Below are independent evaluations from across the nation.

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Summary

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School Evaluations:

Fred Assam Elementary (2016)

Sioux Falls, SD

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Fred Assam Elementary (2016)

Sioux Falls, SD

School Counseling Core Curriculum Results Report

The three classroom lessons all were designed to meet the counseling program goal to reduce discipline referrals by 20% during the 2014-2015 school year. While three lessons were highlighted, they were a part of a junior kindergarten through 5th grade conflict resolution unit based on Kelso’s Choices. Grades junior kindergarten through second grade received instruction on Kelso’s Choices during the months of October and March, while third through fifth received instruction during October and reviewed role play situations again in March. Classroom lessons that were highlighted were chosen to illustrate the variety of activities that are used in the counseling program to help students learn the concepts of the Kelso’s Choices program.

During the 2013-14 school year, Kelso’s Choices was first implemented at Fred Assam Elementary. Year-end data showed that the Jr k-2 students had understood and retained more information about the program than the older students. That data was used to change the 2014-15 program to add additional booster reviews for grades 3-5 in March for better retention. The 2014-2015 data showed that all grades had retained the information at the end of the year and expanded their knowledge from the beginning of the year. Discipline data at the end of the year had shown a dramatic decrease from the 2013-2014 school year.

Moving forward in 2015-2016, the counseling program will continue program implementation because data has shown this program to be effective. Since implementation, discipline referrals have declined 31% for 2013-14 and 53.5% for the 2014-15 year. Staff have reported students verbalizing that they will “try 3 things” when confronted with a small problem which is a basic component of the Kelso’s Choices program. Staff training was offered in the fall for educational assistants to observe a lesson in order to provide continuity, but only one staff member took advantage. This will be something to develop next school year so that consistency between all school staff increases and staff can help to reinforce the choices that students can use to resolve conflicts.

Grade Level: 1st

Lesson Topic: Conflict Resolution

Lesson was Presented in Which Class/Subject: All 4 First Grade Classrooms

ASCA Domain, Mindsets & Behaviors Standard(s): PS:A2.8, PS:B1.1, PS:B1.6, PS:B1.3, PS:B1.5, C:C2.2

Start/End: 10/7-10/12

Process Data (Number of students affected): 72

Perception Data (Surveys or assessments used): Students in 1st-5th grades participated in Minute Meetings with the counselor at the beginning of the school year. Pre-test questions over conflict resolution were given at this time. Post unit Minute Meetings were conducted with a random sample of students to give a confidence interval of 95%.

Outcome Data (Achievement, attendance, and/or behavior data): Grades JrK-5 office discipline referrals at the end of the year were collected. Discipline referrals decreased 53.5% from 129 end of year 2014 to 60 at end of year 2015.

Implications: According to data, students gained knowledge and skills that they can use when a problem arises as a result of this action plan. Students will need to continually review and practice the skills taught in order to master problem-solving skills, as each year skills are lost due to summer regression. Since implementation of the Kelso’s Choices curriculum school wide we have seen dramatic decreases in office referrals. Data shows that students are applying skills learned in the classroom. We will continue to use this program school-wide to ensure continuity as students progress through elementary school.

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Grade Level: 3rd-5th grades

Lesson Topic: Conflict Resolution

Lesson was Presented in Which Class/Subject: All 3rd (4), 4th (4), and 5th (2) grade classes

ASCA Domain, Mindsets & Behaviors Standard(s): PS:B1.1, PS:B1.5, PS:B1.6, C:C2.2

Start/End: 9/29-10/3

Process Data (Number of students affected): 3rd-76 students 4th-92 students 5th 49 students Total=217 students

Perception Data (Surveys or assessments used): Students in 1st-5th grades participated in Minute Meetings with the counselor at the beginning of the school year. Pre-test questions over conflict resolution were given at this time. Post unit Minute Meetings were conducted with a random sample of students to give a confidence interval of 95%.

Outcome Data (Achievement, attendance, and/or behavior data): Grades Jr K-5 office discipline referrals at the end of the year were collected. Discipline referrals decreased 53.5% from 129 end of year 2014 to 60 at end of year 2015.

Implications: According to data, students gained knowledge and skills that they can use when a problem arises as a result of this action plan. Students will need to continually review and practice the skills taught in order to master problem-solving skills, as each year skills are lost due to summer regression. Since implementation of the Kelso’s Choices curriculum school wide we have seen dramatic decreases in office referrals. Data shows that students are applying skills learned in the classroom. We will continue to use this program school-wide to ensure continuity as students progress through elementary school.

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Grade Level: 1st and 2nd

Lesson Topic: Conflict Resolution

Lesson was Presented in Which Class/Subject: All 1st and 2nd grade classes (4)

ASCA Domain, Mindsets & Behaviors Standard(s): PS:B1.1, PS:B1.3, PS:B1.5, PS:B1.6

Start/End: 3/9-3/12

Process Data (Number of students affected): 1st-73 students 2nd-74 students Total=147 students

Perception Data (Surveys or assessments used): Students in 1st-5th grades participated in Minute Meetings with the counselor at the beginning of the school year. Pre-test questions over conflict resolution were given at this time. Post unit Minute Meetings were conducted with a random sample of students to give a confidence interval of 95%.

Outcome Data (Achievement, attendance, and/or behavior data): Grades JrK-5 office discipline referrals at the end of the year were collected. Discipline referrals decreased 53.5% from 129 end of year 2014 to 60 at end of year 2015.

Implications: According to data, students gained knowledge and skills that they can use when a problem arises as a result of this action plan. Students will need to continually review and practice the skills taught in order to master problem-solving skills, as each year skills are lost due to summer regression. Since implementation of the Kelso’s Choices curriculum school wide we have seen dramatic decreases in office referrals. Data shows that students are applying skills learned in the classroom. We will continue to use this program school-wide to ensure continuity as students progress through elementary school.

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Davis County School District (Spring 2010)

Davis, California
Synopsis: School counseling results report. Contains basic results and teacher testimonials.
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Lincoln Elementary School (2007-2008)

Ellensburg, Washington
Synopsis: Recognition and behavior change report. Includes pre- and post-test data.
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Illinois Violence Prevention Authority (2002)

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Synopsis: Effectiveness in teaching pro-social nonviolent conflict resolution skills. Includes pre- and post-test data.
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Publications:

“Building Self-Efficacy in Peer Relations: Evaluation of a School-Based Intervention” (2015)

This study revealed four major findings, including: (a) Kelso’s Choice contributes to the
development of student’s social self-efficacy and demonstrates a “staying power” over time;
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“Character Education in America’s Blue Ribbon Schools: best practices for meeting the challenge” (2003)

By Dr. Madonna Murphy, Professor of Education & Director of the Center for Character Education
University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois
Synopsis: Descriptive, documentary, and qualitative research conducted on the award-winning school applications in the US Department of Education’s Elementary School Recognition Program (the Blue Ribbon Schools).
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“1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s” (2004, 2010)

Synopsis: Kelso’s Choice was recommended as a tool for parents and educators to use with children with Autism or Asperger’s to achieve success at home, in school, and in the community. The book selected effective resources that spoke to the variety of developmental levels, learning styles, and abilities inherent in children with autism or Asperger’s.
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honorable mentions:

Alaska Initiative for Community Engagement (2005)

Anchorage School District, Anchorage, Alaska
Synopsis: Study of programs and their effectiveness in improving the community.
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presentations:

Details the purpose, components, and the ASCA national standards of the program.

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