Merrell’s Strong Kids is a social and emotional learning curricula, developed under the direction of the late Kenneth W. Merrell, PhD and with his research group at the University of Oregon, the Oregon Resiliency Project (ORP). Given the alarming rates of childhood mental health problems and subsequent poor access to services, the focus on addressing mental health problems has shifted from treating disease to primary prevention and building strength.
Now in it’s 2nd edition, the curricula offers an easy-to-use, low cost, and practical approach to teaching students skills that can build resilience. Content is based on a cognitive-behavioral approach, using evidence-based instruction, and an opportunity to infuse relateable examples for your students. Ten to 12 lessons focus on identifying emotions in self and others, managing emotions, empathy and perspective taking, stress management, managing anger, setting goals, healthy living strategies, and solving interpersonal problems. Brief mindfulness practices are also an optional approach to preparing students for each lesson.
The curricula is comprised of:
- Merrell’s Strong Start PreK
- Merrell’s Strong Start K-2
- Merrell’s Strong Kids Grades 3-5
- Merrell’s Strong Kids Grades 6-8, and
- Merrell’s Strong Teens Grades 9-12
The curriculum has been evaluated with students in regular and special education classrooms, with at-risk, urban, and culturally diverse populations, immigrants to the United States, and students living in a residential facility. Results from this research are encouraging and are expected to grow over many years. The response from educators has been universally positive.
For more information on the program and supportive materials, visit: strongkidsresources.com.
For more information on trainings, contact Barbara Gueldner at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-761-0041.
Each level of the curricula is available separately from Paul H. Brookes Publishing
Per the wishes of the late Dr. Merrell, all royalties go to the Kenneth W. Merrell Legacy Scholarship. This fund annually awards graduate students in the School Psychology Program at the University of Oregon who demonstrate promise for leadership and service in the field.