Projects

Zaentz Early Childhood Initiative

Supported by a $35.5 million gift from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, the Saul Zaentz Early Childhood Initiative at HGSE will aim to transform early childhood education. The initiative will support the Harvard Early Learning Study, the Saul Zaentz Academy for Professional Learning in Early Childhood, the Saul Zaentz Fellows Program, and two new endowed chairs at HGSE. Read more...

Executive Function Mapping Project

With funding from the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) at the Administration for Children and Families, this project aims to create a visual map and a report describing the multiple terms, measures, and findings in the EF and regulation-related literatures, and to generate a set of translational tools to support accurate interpretation and use of EF-related research in applied contexts. Read more...

Brain Games 

In partnership with HopeLab, Daylight Design, and the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee, the project adapted SECURe Brain Games to a standalone version without the SECURe curricula. The was accomplished by created a new version of Brain Games that included a "wrapper" for supporting teachers and students, while adapting and improving content to the format of games. Read more...

SECURe: Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Understanding and Regulation in Education

The SECURe project addresses this issue by developing a school-based intervention that is both horizontally and vertically aligned: in it we develop curricula that targets executive functioning and social, emotional, and cognitive regulation skills (horizontal alignment across developmental domains), while developing benchmarks, teacher training, and school structures and routines that span the Pre-K to school divide (vertical alignment across the Pre-K to school transition). Read more...

SECURe Families 2Gen Project

The 2Gen Project developed and piloted a dual-generation program that supports low-income children’s academic and social-emotional development while simultaneously building skills and social capital among low-income parents. Read more...

SEL Analysis Project

The SEL Analysis Project looks inside 25 leading SEL programs to identify key features and attributes of SEL programming for elementary-age children and make general comparisons across varying approaches. The project involves conducting a rigorous content analysis of SEL programs to identify and summarize the skills targeted, instructional methods used, and programmatic features included within each program. Read more...

Taxonomy Project

The Taxonomy Project will create a platform that showcases the points of alignment and divergence across social and emotional learning frameworks and does so in a way that enables those doing the work of the field to both identify common ground and to see what is distinct within any particular framework. Read more...

Program Evaluations

In addition to the above projects, Dr. Jones serves as the Principal Investigator for evaluation studies of social-emotional learning programs designed to assess longitudinal impact of specific programs as well as contribute to body of evidence for SEL programming as a whole. Current evaluations including 4Rs and Liones Quest. Read more...

The Making Caring Common Project

The Making Caring Common Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education seeks to place moral and social development at the center of conversations about raising and educating children, and seeks to strengthen the ability of schools, parents, and communities to support the development of children’s ethical and social capacities, including the ability to take responsibility for others, to think clearly about and pursue justice, and to treat people well day to day. Read more...