Our Approach

Together They Achieve

Learning in isolation can pose significant challenges, especially for students coping with the stresses of poverty or English as a second language.

Learning should be a social activity. Working in groups, students can accomplish far more than on their own. They have the opportunity to discuss new concepts with peers who have similar levels of understanding. They can support one another, learn to think critically and consider opinions others before reaching a conclusion.

Success for All Foundation programs are founded on cooperative learning strategies that enable students to fulfill their potential while having fun along the way. In our partner classrooms, all children benefit from the constant coaching, encouragement and peer feedback. Our curricula emphasize team goals that can only be achieved when everyone is learning and improving.

SFA students are motivated to work together to achieve common goals. By helping others, they learn to help themselves. And they take responsibility for their own development.

Cooperative Learning Research

Slavin, R.E. (in press). Classroom applications of cooperative learning. In S. Graham (Ed.), APA handbook of educational psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Assocation.Classroom Applications of CL.pdf

Slavin, R.E. (2011). Instruction based on cooperative learning. In R. Mayer (Ed.), Handbook of research on learning and instruction. London: Taylor & Francis.Instruction Based on Cooperative Learning 09 24 09.pdf

Slavin, R. E. (2010). Co-operative learning: What makes groupwork work? In H. Dumont, D. Istance, & F. Benavides (Eds.), The nature of learning: Using research to inspire practice. (pp. 161-178). Paris, France: OECD.CL What Makes Groupwork work.pdf

Cooper, R., & Slavin, R.E. (2001). Cooperative learning programs and multicultural education: Improving intergroup relations. In Salili, F. & Hoosain, R. (Eds.), Multicultural education: Issues, policies, and practices.

Slavin, R.E., & Cooper, R. (1999). Improving intergroup relations: Lessons learned from cooperative learning programs. Journal of Social Issues, 55 (4), 647-664.

Slavin, R. E. (1995). Cooperative learning: Theory, research, and practice (2nd Ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon. http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/product/Cooperative-Learning-Theory-Research-and-Practice/9780205156306.page

Stevens, R. J., & Slavin, R. E. (1995). Effects of a cooperative learning approach in reading and writing on handicapped and non-handicapped students. Elementary School Journal, 95 (3), 241-262. http://www.jstor.org/pss/1001933

Stevens, R. J., & Slavin, R. E. (1995). The cooperative elementary school: Effects on students’ achievement, attitudes, and social relations. American Educational Research Journal, 32 (2) 321-351. http://aer.sagepub.com/content/32/2/321.abstract

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