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New Study on Integrated Student Support Services Includes The School of the 21st Century!!

The School of the 21st Century, which includes the Mutt-i-grees Curriculum as one of its components, is highlighted in a a new study by Child Trends. It was one of nine national models for integrated student support services included in the study. For more information, please visit:

The Added Value of the School of the 21st Century When Combined With a Statewide Preschool Program

Ginicola, M. M., Finn-Stevenson, M., & Zigler, E. (2013). The added value of the School of the 21st Century when combined with a quality statewide preschool program. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 83, 89-93. DOI: 10.1111/ajop.12004


Although schools have begun to employ multiple programs to reach educational goals, little attention has been paid to the efficacy of combining separate programs. The present study investigates the combination of a school reform model, the School of the 21st Century (21C), and the Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) program, where preschools apply for state funds to provide high quality services to children at risk. To determine if 21C adds anything to the ABC program, the present study compared results from a developmental assessment. The authors compared school-based preschools that had both ABC and 21C services to those programs that offered only ABC services. Results indicated that, at baseline, children within the 21C/ABC programs scored the same or poorer than their ABC-only counterparts. However, at the end of the year, participants at 21C/ABC preschools were significantly ahead of ABC-only programs on all developmental indicators. There were also differences favorable to 21C/ABC preschools between the programs' quality ratings as measured by the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale.


Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum Training - Roslyn, NY

April 19-20, 2012 or April 20-21, 2012

Join us!

Mutt-i-grees® National Peer Trainers and the Mutt-i-grees® Research, Development and Outreach Team are hosting a Mutt-i-grees® training session at the Roslyn Claremont Hotel in Roslyn, NY. Participants have a choice of attending April 19-20 or April 20-21, 2012. Join us for presentations and interactive breakout sessions on implementation techniques and best practices presented by master Mutt-i-grees® teachers from across the country. The two-day training will be held at the Roslyn Claremont Hotel in Roslyn, NY and will include opportunities to network with and learn from educators and attend workshops on: implementing the Curriculum in PreK-kindergarten, elementary and middle schools; the benefits of social emotional learning and human-animal interactions; the benefits, challenges and effective approaches to bringing a dog to class; and establishing shelter-school collaborations. The event will include training at and a behind-the-scenes tour of North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, NY.

Who should attend?

• PreK-Grade 8 teachers and afterschool coordinators
• Principals, counselors, special education supervisors, and other educators interested in the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum
• Educators currently implementing the Curriculum
• Experienced Mutt-i-grees® educators seeking to become Peer Trainers
• Teachers and administrators at schools interested in the Curriculum as a social and emotional learning, character education, life skills, afterschool or bullying prevention program
• Teachers and administrators who may use the Curriculum with specialized populations, including students with developmental disabilities or behavioral, social, and emotional problems

Registration Information:

Rates (includes one breakfast and two lunches):
$150 Individual
$125 Team of 3 or more

For details on how to register for this conference, please visit:

2012 National Conference

July 23-27, 2012
Little Rock, Arkansas
See www.yale.edu/21c/current_conference.html for details.

Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum

The Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum is a Pre-K to Grade 12 program, being developed in four phases: Phase I: Pre-K-Grade 3; Phase II: Grades 4-6; Phase III: Middle School; and Phase IV: High School. The first and second phases are complete and are available to educators interested in implementation. Phases III: Middle School and IV: High School are now being developed and expected to launch in early and mid 2012.

To order Phase I and II, visit:

For more information about the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum, please visit http://education.muttigrees.org. You may also contact us at info@muttigrees.org or (203) 432-9944.


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