The purpose of this evaluation was to examine the effectiveness and feasibility of a summer learning program for students at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). We used a quasi-experimental design with pre and post assessments for both the treatment and comparison groups. Participants were fourth grade students (N = 92) below proficient on the state standardized literacy assessment and had social emotional/behavioral difficulties. Baseline equivalence on key factors (e.g., age, ethnicity) was established. Both the treatment and the comparison groups received the same dosage of intensive literacy instruction for five weeks, while the treatment group received embedded or explicated social emotional learning opportunities through a variety of enrichment activities related to self-regulation skills, appropriate peer interaction skills, emotional regulation skills, and conflict resolution strategies. Results indicated that both groups improved their literacy skills. Moreover, the treatment group significantly improved their emotional symptoms and peer problem scores, while the comparison group’s social emotional behavior remained stable or slightly declined. The results of this study demonstrate initial evidence to support the use of an integrated (i.e., academic and enrichment activities) summer learning model for students at risk for EBD.


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