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Social Decision Making/Problem Solving Program: A Curriculum for Academic| Social| and Emotional Learning is an evidenced based program which gives students the tools they need to be happy| healthy and productive global citizens| who achieve academically as well as socially. The program is intended to be used with all students (regular and special education) in the kindergarten to eighth grades| regardless of ability level| ethnic group and socio-economic level. The program has been successfully implemented in urban| suburban| and rural settings throughout the country.

The Social Decision Making/Problem Solving Program is an evidenced based program which gives students the tools they need to be happy, healthy and productive global citizens, who achieve academically as well as socially.


To teach children the social and decision making skills they need to be able to make sound decisions, pursue healthy life choices, and avoid the serious social problems of our day such as bullying, substance abuse, violence, and academic failure.


To promote the mental health of young people through the development of self-control, social awareness, and decision-making skills by providing high quality, ongoing services in program planning, education, research, evaluation, and technical assistance to communities and school systems. The SDM/PS Program draws upon its commitment to action-research and the dissemination of research-validated programs and specialized expertise in both social affective education and organizational change.


  • To develop children’s self control and social awareness skills (including, but not limited to: identifying, monitoring, and regulating stress and emotions, group cooperation, and the ability to develop positive peer relationships).
  • To improve students’ social decision-making and problem-solving skills by training educators, parents, and human service workers to be effective facilitators of those skills.
  • To impact upon children’s self-esteem and sense of self-efficacy by providing children with a problem-solving framework and social competencies upon which they can rely in stressful situations.
  • To increase positive social behaviors and healthy life choices.

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These skills help to protect and prevent a wide range of problems such as, substance abuse, violence, bullying, gang involvement, early teenage pregnancy, suicide and increased academic achievement. Research indicates that schools using a research validated Social and Emotional Learning Program, such as the Social Decision Making/Problem Solving Program, can help to prevent bullying, increase academic scores by as much as 11% and can have a positive and lasting effect on the climate and culture of the school and community. See SEL MEGA Study at

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