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Voices Research and Efficacy Summary

  • Voices programs are supported by decades of research on children’s social development conducted by Professor Robert Selman of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and research on literacy development by Professor Catherine Snow, an author of the National Reading Panel and Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • Voices programs have been developed and piloted for two decades in urban, suburban, and rural classrooms across the country, constantly being assessed and refined for maximum impact on children’s social and academic development.
  • Evaluations, assessments, and case studies of Voices core reading, supplemental literature, and early education programs have demonstrated a significant impact on reading comprehension, writing achievement, vocabulary development, social skills development (social awareness, perspective taking, and conflict resolution, e.g.), and reductions in negative behaviors such as fighting and office referrals.
  • Voices Reading has been rated a “Select” program by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), chosen from among hundreds of social and emotional learning programs across the country.
  • In 2010, research on a group of over two hundred school-based, universal social and emotional learning programs established that, compared to control groups, participants in social development programs demonstrated significantly improved social and emotional skills, attitudes, behavior, and academic performance that reflected an eleven-percentile-point gain in achievement (Durlak, Weissberg, Dymnicki, Taylor, and Schellinger, 2010).
  • 2012, Zaner-Bloser has developed a new and flexible supplemental edition of Voices, Voices Literature & Writing, which embodies the skills and outcomes of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts for Grades K–6, highlighting oral language development, vocabulary enrichment, deep comprehension, process and trait-based writing in CCSS-genre-based and project-based learning. This curriculum is built around universal themes for social development that give students the tools to develop pro-social behavior in and out of the classroom to help foster positive classroom and school climate.

Grounded in research from leading literacy and social development experts, and built on program frameworks that have been tested and evaluated in classrooms for over twenty years, Voices Literature & Writing promotes the critical literacy and social skills that are necessary to succeed in the twenty-first century.

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