Jan 14 2016

Psychology Department Colloquium: Schoolwide Programs for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

January 14, 2016

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM



Psychology Department Colloquium

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 3:30 – 5:00 pm, 311 BSB

Roisin Corcoran – Johns Hopkins University


Up to now, most school innovation has focused on means of improving achievement through innovative curricula, technologies, and teaching methods specific to one or another curriculum area.  However, it may be that there is a better way to improve whole schools, operating through the socioemotional competencies of students and applying to all subjects.  There is a growing body of evidence showing positive learning impacts of classroom approaches designed to improve intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies.  Each of these strategies has evidence of success.  But how can they all be used in an integrated and replicable way in high-needs schools, so that students can benefit from all of these paths to success in achievement as well as in socioemotional outcomes?

In the first part of my talk, I will briefly summarize work I am conducting for a joint initiative by the Jacobs Foundation and the Campbell Collaboration on a systematic review of research on school-based social and emotional learning programs.  In the second part, I will discuss a series of large-scale randomized controlled trials in education that I have designed and led, focusing on the developmental impact of school-based interventions and the mechanisms by which they have their impact on socioemotional and academic outcomes.  In the final part, I will discuss the Emotional Competencies Program (ECP), a comprehensive socioemotional competencies program for elementary schools to enhance teacher effectiveness, and increase student achievement for disadvantaged children.  A key focus of the ECP is the implementation of a blended coaching model and digital materials for schools.  These activities are intended to improve the cost-effectiveness and scalability of the program so that many more schools will be able to use it.

Brief Bio.  Dr. Roisin P. Corcoran, CPsychol, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the School of Education and Director of Statistical Analysis at the Center for Research and Reform in Education (CRRE) at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Corcoran is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in psychology at Yale University.



Date posted

Aug 14, 2018

Date updated

Aug 14, 2018