The Discovery Institute & Discovery Program
The Discovery Institute & Discovery Program

The Discovery Program

The Discovery Program provides students the opportunity to learn the social-emotional skills necessary to be responsible and effective in school, home, and work environments, and within the larger community.

The Discovery Institute & Discovery Program

Program Overview

The Discovery Program was written in 1990 by Eric Larsen. The program was designed to teach social-emotional skills to students struggling with academic, attendance, and attitude problems. The curriculum includes sophisticated social skills, behavior management strategies, culture development, and experiential activities.

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Curriculum Units

By helping kids gain skills and confidence, Discovery guides troubled youth back into the school system and provides them the tools to be successful. The six units also help enhance core competencies and are easily adaptable to any scheduling matrix.

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Program Activities

The following activities provide dynamic opportunities to practice skills learned in the classroom. While participating in these activities, classmates bond together by cooperating, sharing, and caring.

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Program Trainers

Discovery Program trainers provide teachers and administrators specific, hands-on instruction and the skill models needed to successfully implement the Discovery Program in their classroom or school.

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Training Options

Four-day Regional and Onsite Training sessions or four-day Summer Training Session in Colorado cover the entire Discovery Program and provide attendees the opportunity to practice skills and receive peer and instructor feedback.

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Research

The Discovery Program has been the focus of two rigorous, peer-reviewed studies designed to measure the curriculum’s effectiveness with at-risk and minority students.

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The Discovery Program

Discovery Program Program Overview
Discovery Program Curriculum Units
 Discovery Program Program Activities

Mission

The mission of the Discovery Institute is to provide educators with specific training to implement the Discovery Program in their schools so students have the opportunity to learn the social-emotional skills necessary to be responsible and effective in school, home, and work environments, and within the larger community.

…Over the past twenty years, the Discovery Program has been implemented in over 20 States—reaching hundreds of school and thousands of students…

History

Following numerous requests from educators across the country for Discovery Program training, the Discovery Institute was established in 1996 to coordinate the training of teachers, counselors, and administrators in the methods and strategies of the Discovery Program.

To satisfy training requests, the Discovery Institute developed several training options:

  • An on-site/in district four-day training.
  • An intensive four-day summer session in Colorado
  • A 30-hour instructional/curricula DVD package.

Ideally, by providing several different training opportunities, educators can teach the Discovery Program and related skills to a wide reaching audience of adolescents. The impact of this training on a worldwide level is paramount to the vision of the Discovery Institute.