A growing body of research underscores the need to prepare students socially-as well as academically- to ensure successful transition to middle school and foster subsequent academic success. Recognition of how social and academic functioning are intertwined has led to inclusion of social goals in many Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), Student Support Team strategies, and overall school improvement plans. However, student outcomes are often more modest than desired when social interventions are delivered in education settings possibly due to the inability to titrate social training to best meet the needs of individual students. Further, tolls that allow educators to simultaneously implement a social intervention and measure its impact on students’ social functioning are lacking. This SBIR project will yield innovative social learning software with the ability to match and adapt the social intervention to the social skill training needs of individual 5th grade students.
This product will leverage technology to provide (a) an engaging and powerful social learning experience for students; (b) professional learning opportunities and adjunctive teaching strategies to enhance teachers’ skills for implementating the intervention with students; and (c) an online Reporting Center through which educators can monitor and document students’ progress toward specific measurable social goals.