Key to Me is on temporary hiatus until the pandemic is over.

“It always amazes me that within a mere few months in the program, the children begin to flourish. Their inhibitions decrease and their confidence grows. It is not unusual for this to translate into an increase in social functioning along with a more productive and effective classroom experience.”

Tehillah Stelzer, Principal, General Studies, Hebrew Academy of Cleveland

Is Key to Me an Evidence-Based Program?

Yes! National research shows that social and emotional learning (SEL) programs such as Key to Me have an enormous positive impact in the classroom and for years to come. Children who receive focused instruction in Key to Me’s five core social and emotional competencies have:

  • Better academic outcomes
  • Better overall behavior
  • Increased ability to manage stress and uncomfortable feelings
  • Better attitudes about themselves, others and school

Key to Me uses well-researched multidisciplinary interventions across all aspects of the program to effect positive interpersonal growth and development.

SEL is linked to student gains.

A 2011 landmark meta-analysis of over 200 studies and over 270,000 K-12 students revealed multiple student gains and reduced risks linked to social and emotional learning:

Student gains:

  • Social-emotional skills
  • Improved attitudes about self, others, and school
  • Positive classroom behavior
  • 11 percentile-point gain on standardized achievement tests

Reduced risk for student failure:

  • Conduct problems
  • Emotional distress

SEL competence predicts long-term student success.

A 2017 meta-analysis of 82 studies that included over 97,000 students in kindergarten through middle school demonstrated that the gains from social and emotional learning are long-lasting. Higher social and emotional competencies among students at the end of the initial intervention were the best predictor of long-term success in many areas.

Benefits included increased:

  • Academic performance
  • SEL skills
  • Positive attitudes
  • Positive social behaviors

and reduced conduct problems, emotional distress, and drug use.

Benefits were the same regardless of socioeconomic background, students’ race, or school location.

Employers value SEL.

92% of executives surveyed by the National Bureau of Economic Research in 2015 said skills such as problem-solving and communicating clearly are equally or more important than technical skills.

The top 10 skills identified by the World Economic Forum in their Future of Jobs Report all involve social and emotional competence:

  1. Complex problem solving
  2. Critical thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People management
  5. Coordinating with others
  6. Emotional intelligence
  7. Judgment and decision-making
  8. Service orientation
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive flexibility

Who is a Good Key to Me Candidate?

Key to Me is designed to help children maximize their potential. We seek referrals of children who are functioning well in three main areas of life: socially, emotionally, and academically.

Where can I find Key to Me near me?

Located in Cleveland, Key to Me is currently the only program of its kind that melds timeless Torah values with current social and emotional learning strategies.

Is Professional Development on SEL in Education available?

Key to Me staff is available to come to your school or organization to share strategies and interventions that support successful school experiences for students, teachers, and administrators. Sample topics include:

  • Classroom management
  • Relationship-based teaching
  • Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the classroom
  • How to spot anxiety in the classroom
  • When does a problem need an outside intervention?
  • How can we meet the needs of one student without neglecting the rest?
  • Mindfulness in the classroom

Contact us to learn more about SEL professional development and pricing.