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Educator Perspectives on Social and Emotional Learning Programs

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is receiving increasing attention in the world of education.   In our informal conversations with principals and teachers and parents, we hadn’t discerned any particular patterns or consensus in approaches, and it made us curious to explore the subject a bit more broadly.  We hope that others will find this summary of findings from the small survey we conducted and the trends we discerned as interesting and thought-provoking as we do.

Research Summary – BrainWare SAFARI and Low-SES Students

While BrainWare SAFARI is not uniquely designed for low-SES students, cognitive skill training is having an impact on cognitive functioning and academic achievement for them in a variety of settings.  This document provides a summary of the research to date on BrainWare SAFARI and students from low-SES backgrounds.

Research Summary – BrainWare SAFARI and Students with Learning Disabilities

While BrainWare SAFARI is not uniquely designed for students with learning disabilities, cognitive skill training is having an impact on cognitive functioning and academic achievement for them in a variety of settings.  This document provides a summary of the research to date on BrainWare SAFARI and students with learning disabilities.

Case Study of BrainWare SAFARI in Adult Basic Education

This case study describes the experience of a client at Impact Institute in Fort Wayne, IN, who used BrainWare SAFARI within her Adult Basic Education program. "Janet" experienced improvements across the board in her cognitive skills, based on her self-completed cognitive rating scale. 

BrainWare and Mindprint Implementation – Pierceton Woods Academy

Students at Pierceton Woods were able to complete the targeted number of sessions of BrainWare SAFARI within the eight-week term. The six students who completed a sufficient number of sessions in BrainWare SAFARI experienced significant improvements in multiple areas of cognitive processing

Cognitive Skills Training in an Introductory College Course

BrainWare SAFARI cognitive skills development software was incorporated into a 3-credit-hour Student Success course at Ivy Tech Community College. Increases in IQ were seen for the students who completed the Student Success Course that incorporated BrainWare also completed a sufficient number of sessions and levels in BrainWare SAFARI.

BrainWare SAFARI in Before/After School Programs with Low Performing Readers

BrainWare SAFARI was implemented in before and after school programs in elementary schools in Hammond, IN, with students selected by their teachers because of low reading ability. The average pre-test score on the Verbal Reasoning subtest of the CogAT for these students was markedly low, at the 35th percentile, consistent with student selection criteria (low reading performance). On post-test, the average score on Verbal Reasoning increased to the 48th percentile.

Impact of Cognitive Skills Development in Grade 3 on Cognitive and Academic Measures

The Grade 3 students in an economically disadvantaged district who used BrainWare SAFARI experienced significant cognitive growth compared to those who did not. After using BrainWare SAFARI, 50% of the students scored at the 70th percentile or above on the composite score of the CCAT, compared to 33% scoring at that level on the pre-test.

Effect of Neuroscience-Based Cognitive Skill Training on Growth of Cognitive Deficits Associated with Learning Disabilities in Children Grade 2-4

Students in the study who used BrainWare SAFARI for 12 weeks improved their cognitive functioning by 2.8 years, compared to 2 months for the control group. This improvement raised the students’ overall cognitive proficiency level from 64% to 89% where 90% is the expected performance for a normally developing student. Students in the control group improved just one percentage point, from 63% to 64% proficiency. Students in the treatment group improved their reading and math scores by 0.8 and 1.0 grade equivalent respectively over the 12 weeks.

Students Increase Effectiveness of Reading and Math Interventions with the Addition of BrainWare SAFARI

The majority of students who used BrainWare SAFARI and were provided with a reading intervention received a Rate of Improvement (ROI) score greater than the expected ROI on AIMSweb, as did the students who used BrainWare SAFARI and a math intervention.

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