Too Good for Violence K-5 is a universal, violence prevention and character education program that teaches character-based skills, attitudes, and behaviors to help elementary students: differentiate between feelings and actions, encourage respect between peers, and celebrate diversity. Program lessons and activities help kids realize that as individuals and as a group, they are too good for bullying and violence.
Too Good for Violence teaches the following social and emotional learning skills, which research has linked with healthy development and academic success:
Too Good for Violence promotes character development by strengthening eight key character traits:
Too Good offers developmentally appropriate curricula for each grade level in kindergarten through grade 5. Each grade level builds on previous levels, developing the skills sequentially with engaging, age-appropriate lessons and activities.
Too Good focuses on the risk factors that can be positively affected in the classroom: favorable attitudes toward drugs, violence, and other problem behaviors; and friends who engage in problem behavior.
Too Good builds protection within the student by:
The Mendez Foundation developed Logic Models for Too Good to map out the Theory of Change and demonstrate graphically the assumptions that drive Too Good. The logic model communicates an "if-then" message of what changes the program intends to produce. It helps to make the connections among the target group, goals, strategies, objectives and planned program results and lays out what the program is expected to achieve and how it is expected to work.
Each of the Too Good evaluation studies were conducted by third-party researchers and used randomized treatment-control group designs (pre-test/post-test, 20-week post-test, or one-year follow-up). The Researchers examined pre-test equivalence between treatment and control groups; potential bias of loss of student data over time; quality of program implementation; and estimates of reliability and validity of assessment tools.
The award-winning Too Good programs have undergone rigorous, independent evaluation studies to measure their effects on students' skills, attitudes, intentions, and behaviors. Studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at national evaluation conferences. These studies demonstrate the effectiveness of Too Good.
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|Organization/Agency||TGFD K-8||TGFV K-8||TGFD&V High School|
|What Works Clearinghouse: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Science||Positive effects on behavior|
|Positive effect on behavior & knowledge, attitudes & values|
|Positive effect on behavior & knowledge, attitudes & values |
|CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning||Not Yet Rated||Elementary SELect Program |
|Not Yet Rated|
|NREPP: National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs & Practices||Reviewed evaluation|
|CEBC: California Evidence Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare||TGFD Grade 6 |
Scientific Rating 2 - Supported by Evidence
|Not Yet Rated||Not Yet Rated|
|OJJDP: Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention||Promising program|
|Promising Practices Network: Programs that Work||Screened program|
|SAMHSA: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration||Model program||Model program||Model program|
Too Good programs have earned recognition and acclaim for their impact in promoting safer and healthy youth and communities.
Recognition for Too Good for Drugs™ in Drug Strategies "Making the Grade": "Some very strong elements in this very detailed, 10 session per year curriculum. Provides developmentally appropriate information about alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. Normative education activities creative and compelling, new ideas for games. Includes no-use pledge."
Recognition for Too Good for Violence in Drug Strategies "Safe Schools, Safe Students": "A delightful package of materials (that) complements this highly interactive 4-9 session program. Strongly focused on critical skill areas. Extremely detailed instructions for teachers. Very complete."
The Teacher's Manual layout and design makes implementation easy with quick set-up and guided materials preparation and lesson objectives and activity timing. The layout...
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The Student Workbook is an integral part of the lessons. Cooperative learning design promotes bonding through skits, role-plays, and games....
In this Capstone Review activity, students work together to answer questions about the skills and concepts learned in the course. ...
A good friendship starts when you introduce yourself and talk about the things you like and dislike. If you share...
Twenty Feeling Words are presented on these 8.5” x 11’ Display Cards. Item # A4341
These cute and colorful stickers make a great classroom reward for excellent participation. Roll of 50 3” Stickers. Item# A4339
Consider the Consequences! In this quick-paced matching activity, students assess the decisions their peers face and determine if the potential...
Bag of 360 bingo-style game chips for use with Support System (Too Good for Drugs and Social Perspectives Grade 3,...
Setting a reachable goal is the first step to building confidence, self-esteem, and positive expectations for the future. The Goal...
In this Review activity, students work together to answer questions about the skills and concepts learned in the course. Each...
This glossy, full color poster creatively presents the steps to making a good decision in a quick, easy to remember...
Poor Penny. She is trying to get to her seat in the cafeteria. While she walks with her tray, some...
Do you know the difference between an argument and bully behavior? Students put the pieces of the mystery together as they review the characteristics...
Hang posters on most vertical surfaces with ease. 12 dots per sheet. 2 sheets included. Item #PR1002
What’s the difference between conflict and bully behavior? This puzzle activity helps the students review the characteristics of each and...
Oh no! Otto has had a power failure. We have to find the source of the power failure so we...
The Otto Matic Poster is part of the Too Good Grade 3 curriculum. Item# A3315