The Effectiveness of Chicken Soup for the Soul Hallway Heroes for Improving Student Social Emotional Skills
Abstract: This study examines the effectiveness of the Hallway Heroes instructional program offered by Chicken Soup for the Soul. Research indicates that literacy-based instruction can positively impact students’ performance in SEL development. Hallway Heroes is designed to improve grade one through eight students’ Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills. The eight-week study conducted during the 2018-2019 school year investigated the impact of Chicken Soup for the Soul Hallway Heroes instruction on the use among matched groups of fourth and fifth grade students using and not using the product. SEL skill growth among students receiving Chicken Soup for the Soul Hallway Heroes instruction (treatment group) was compared to SEL skill growth among students who did not receive Chicken Soup for the Soul Hallway Heroes instruction (control group). Teacher ratings of SEL skills were used to compare SEL skill growth for the treatment and control group students. The teacher ratings (SESR) revealed that students receiving instruction using Hallways Heroes showed significantly greater growth in SEL skills than did students who did not receive Hallway Heroes instruction. This relationship was both statistically significant and educationally meaningful. The Hallways Heroes group showed 14% growth; the control group showed just 3% growth over the course of the study. The effect size was .38; this is a substantial effect, particularly given only 8 weeks of instruction.