How students benefit from ASG’s You Can Do It! Education program

Michael E. Bernard, Ph.D.
Professorial, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Emeritus Professor, California State University, Long Beach
Founder, You Can Do It! Education

Over two decades of published research studies show that ASG’s You Can Do It! Education is a proven, “best-practice” set of programs for enhancing the achievement and wellbeing of young people.

Social-emotional outcomes:

• ASG’s You Can Do It! Education was implemented throughout seven primary schools with positive attitudes and social-emotional skills taught using a variety of classroom and whole-school practices including the Program Achieve social-emotional learning curriculum. The social-emotional wellbeing of students improved in comparison with students enrolled in similar schools where You Can Do It! Education was not implemented.

  • Bernard, M.E., & Walton, K.E (2011). The effect of You Can Do It! Education in six schools on student perceptions of wellbeing, teaching-learning and relationships. Journal of Student Well-being, 5, 22-37.

When ASG’s You Can Do It! Education Early Childhood Program was taught to grade 1 students, with a focus on strengthening confidence, persistence, organisation, getting along and resilience, a positive impact was found on students’ wellbeing, social skills and reading comprehension (students in lower 50per cent of class) in comparison with students who were not taught the program. 

  • Ashdown, D.M, & Bernard, M.E. (2012). Can explicit instruction in social and emotional learning skills benefit the social-emotional development, wellbeing, and academic achievement of young children? Early Childhood Education Journal, 39, 397-405.

Positive student learning outcomes:

Four evaluation studies (three in primary schools; one in high school) that examined the effects of ASG’s You Can Do It! Education in a whole school, multiple classrooms, in tutorial groups and in an after-school coaching showed positive effects on the grades, effort and quality of homework and school attendance.

  • Bernard, M.E. (2006). It’s time we teach social-emotional competence as well as we teach academic competence. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 22, 103-119.

When ASG’s You Can Do It! Education program, Attitudes and Behaviours for Learning (AB4L), is taught by teachers to students who are in the lower 50 per cent of their class in reading, their reading achievement improves in comparison with the reading level of students not taught the program.

  • Bernard, M.E., & Anglim, J. (2017). The effects of teaching attitudes and behaviors for learning on the reading achievement of students falling behind. Under editorial consideration, Australian Journal of Education.

Positive anti-bullying outcomes:


When ASG’s You Can Do It! Education’s program, Bullying: The Power to Cope designed to teach positive attitudes and coping skills was taught to students in primary schools, the impact of bullying (cyber-, verbal, physical, isolation) on their emotions and thinking (cognitive) was much less severe in comparison with students who are not taught the program.

  • Markopolous, Z., & Bernard, M.E. (2015). Effect of the Bullying: The Power to Cope program on children’s response to bullying. Journal of Relationships Research, 6, 1-11.

Positive at risk student outcomes:

When ASG’s You Can Do It! Education’s curriculum, Program Achieve, was taught to students with achievement, behavioural, social and/or emotional challenges, these ‘at risk’ students show strengthened resilience in comparison to a group of ‘at risk’ who did not participate.

  • Bernard, M.E. (2008). The effect of You Can Do It! Education on the emotional resilience of primary school students with social, emotional, behavioural and achievement challenges. Proceedings of the Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference, 43, 36-40.

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