Too Good for Violence - Social Perspectives High School

Social Perspectives for High School prepares students with the skills they need for academic, social, and life success. Students learn how to navigate the challenges of social and academic pressures like making responsible decisions, managing stress and anger, reflecting on personal relationships, and resolving conflict peacefully. The lessons apply collaborative and experiential learning strategies to help students practice the skills proven to prevent violence and other risky behaviors.

Item# HS4000


The Too Good toolkit includes everything you need to teach the lessons:

  • Teacher's Manual
  • 30 Student Workbooks
  • High School Digital Media Disc
  • Trial Run Game Board, Game Cards, and Tiles, 4 sets
  • Level Up! Card Game, 4 sets
  • I'll Pass Card Game, 4 sets
  • Quality Assurance Card Game, 4 sets
  • Roll Call Card Game, 4 Sets
  • Remain Calm Card Game, 1 set
  • Bit Review Card Game, 6 sets
  • Deciding Factor Card Game, 1 set
  • My Yearbook Picture: A Horror Story - Role Play Script
  • Who Wore It Worst Session Files
  • The Dating Game Role Play Script
  • Game Pieces with Die, 4 sets

Curriculum features include:

  • Ten 50-minute research based lessons completely scripted and conveniently presented in a three-ring binder, making them easy to use and enjoyable to teach.
  • Interactive lessons beginning with clearly-stated, measurable objectives and a list of materials needed to teach the lesson.
  • A parent component, "Bring it Home Newsletter for Parents and Teens," to extend prevention skills and messages into the home. Home Workout activities for additional practice with parents, siblings, and caregivers at home.
  • A "Looking for More?" section with suggestions for infusion, recommended reading, and additional activities for reinforcing important concepts and skills.
  • Assessment materials to measure program effectiveness, fidelity of implementation, and student knowledge.
  • Comprehensive Pre-Training Component covering Character Education and Normative Education concepts as well as guidance for facilitating discussions about various conflict and peer influence topics.

How does Too Good work?

Too Good for Violence Social Perspectives High School is  a dynamic experiential course designed to immerse students in the core social skill development they need to navigate the world they will enter after high school. The experiential learning design applies interactive games and activities to let the students try on and apply the skills and strategies that are best learned through first hand application.  

Ten developmentally appropriate lessons feature topics of great interest to high school students, including managing complex social situations, understanding the characteristics and norms related to dating relationships including the indicators of unhealthy and unsafe relationships, and safe use and appreciation of social media. 

Students also explore these skills to help them face the challenges they can foresee and the obstacles they can't as they work to reaching their goals.

  • Respect for Self and for Others
  • Problem Solving
  • Anger Management

Too Good gives students the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to make responsible decisions and resolve conflicts peacefully and build healthy relationships now and in the future.

Develops Core Character Traits

Too Good for Violence - Social Perspectives High School focuses on and mitigates the risk factors that can be positively affected in the classroom: favorable attitudes toward aggression and other problem behaviors and friends who engage in problem behavior.

Too Good builds protection within the student by:

  • Establishing Positive Norms Including Healthy Beliefs and Clear Standards
  • Promoting Bonding to Pro-Social Peers
  • Increasing Personal and Social Skills

Builds core social and emotional learning skills

These social and emotional learning skills enhance success in the classroom and at home. These SEL skills promote self-awareness and social awareness and have been linked with school success and positive development:

  • Goal Setting
  • Responsible Decision Making
  • Bonding with pro-social others
  • Identifying and Managing Anger and other emotions
  • Effective Communication

Understanding the Logic Model

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.

Logic Model

Research Design

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.

Evaluation Studies

2001 Summary 2001 Full Report

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