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IES Grant

Title: Academic and Behavioral Competencies Model
Center: NCER Year: 2003
Principal Investigator: Pelham, William Awardee: State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo
Program: Social and Character Development      [Program Details]
Award Period: 4 years Award Amount: $1,724,727
Type: Efficacy and Replication Award Number: R305L030065

Co-Principal Investigator: Greta Massetti

The purpose of this project is to evaluate the efficacy of the School-Wide Academic and Behavioral Competencies (ABC) Model, a program designed to enhance students' social competencies and behavior. The model is being evaluated in a large urban school district serving students from high risk, impoverished neighborhoods.

These strategies include school-wide discipline rules, social skills training, peer tutoring, peer mediation, and parent training, and include methods of working with children with impaired behavioral or social functioning (such as ADHD).

In their complementary study the researchers are focusing on two cohorts of students: One group of students is being followed from the 1st grade year to the 3rd grade year, and a second group of students is being followed from the 3rd grade year to the 5th grade year. With this design, the researchers hope to understand the effects of the ABC program on students in the third grade after one year of intervention compared to multiple years of intervention. Other aspects of the complementary study include an examination of teachers' classroom management strategies, the effects of the intervention on child psychopathology, and whether the intervention prevents the need for medication and other mental health services for children.