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The PATHS Curriculum: Promoting Emotional Literacy, Prosocial Behavior, and Caring Classrooms

ByCarol A. Kusché, Mark T. Greenberg

Social and emotional learning skills are crucial for success at school and in life and thus should be a central feature of education. Based on developmental models drawn from diverse theories, PATHS (Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies) and Preschool PATHS were designed to promote social and emotional development, as well as school success. The PATHS curricula have been carefully researched and have been implemented throughout the United States and in other countries. In addition, they have been shown to increase protective factors for healthy development, reduce emotional and behavioral problems, and foster caring classrooms. Empirical support has been found for a direct relationship between the implementation of PATHS and both improvements in executive functions and reductions in behavioral problems.