Are these programs evidence based or researched?
The Ophelia Project collected research on CASS: Creating a Safe School, RAPS: Relationships are Pathways to Success, and STEPS for Early Childhood Educators. Research summaries are available for each of these programs on the Downloads page in the PDF portfolio with the program manuals. The following study verifies results from a study on CASS prior to the 2010 revision of the program but is still noteworthy in the development of our programming:
Nixon, C. L., & Werner, N. E. (2010). Reducing adolescents’ involvement with relational aggression. Effectiveness of a school based intervention. Psychology in the Schools, 47, 606-620. Available here.
Who wrote the curricula and programs?
A number of Ophelia staff members, Americorps VISTAs, teachers, interns, and volunteers contributed to the curricula and programming. The authors come from a variety of backgrounds including psychology, education, social work, occupational therapy, and business. All programs available on the Downloads page were reviewed and edited by The Ophelia Project's Director of Curriculum and Programming, Leigh Anne Kraemer-Naser, M.Ed. Leigh Anne can be contacted through her organization: Curriculum Solution Center.
Are these programs standards aligned?
All Ophelia Project curriculum published after 2010 is aligned to Common Core State Standards, CDC National Health Education Standards, and ISTE National Education Technology Standards (where applicable). Each program manual includes a list of applicable standards.