RISE: Resilience in Schools and Educators is a whole-school social-emotional learning program that builds trauma-responsive school climates and promotes resilience in staff and students. RISE empowers districts to chart a course for staff and student social-emotional development and well-being.
The RISE approach includes a set of practices and strategies that build social emotional and academic competencies. RISE integrates what we know about trauma, resilience, social emotional development and academic achievement to help educators design environments and interactions where students can thrive and learn.
The results from the pilot projects have been promising, and are depicted below graphically. Although the data is limited to self report surveys by educators and qualitative focus group data, the anticipated results are in the expected direction.
In 2017-2019, two early pilot projects of RISE were conducted in 14 elementary, middle, and high schools with 107 educators in Colorado. These pilot studies were focused on learning about the relevance, acceptability, and feasibility of the program and involved pre-post self-report data from educators and facilitators in RISE’s target outcome areas.
We integrated feedback from educators into the refinement of the RISE program over the past two years. We are currently finishing a larger pilot demonstration study of RISE in elementary, middle, and high schools in the 2019-2020 school year. This project collected pre-post survey data from educators as well and interaction data with educators engaged in a 5-minute, videotaped role plays of a student scenario. RISE also gains qualitative information about RISE through focus groups with educators, administrators, and staff.
The results from the two early pilots have been promising, and are depicted below graphically. Although the data is limited to self report surveys by educators and qualitative focus group data, the anticipated results were in the expected direction.