Resources & Research

Take a look at just some of the research and resources that went into developing the Moore Well-Being Program

Cognitive Well-Being

The Moore Well-Being Program includes instructional approaches for teachers and dozens of relevant methods and practices on subjects ranging from math and literacy to music and visual arts.

Social Well-Being

  • A study published in Child Development reveals that by focusing on social and emotional well-being, students can experience an 11% increase in academic achievement.
  • Only 31% of high school students surveyed (NAIS 2016 High School Survey of Student Engagement) report that school helped them learn to treat people with respect.
  • The NAIS study also showed that only 25% of public school students and 43% of private high school students felt that their school has contributed significantly to helping them learn how to work with others to complete a task.
  • A 2017 study published in the American Journal of Education revealed that a positive school culture and teacher job satisfaction has a positive impact on student achievement.
  • Based on a 2014 survey published by the Department of Education, black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students.
  • In a district implementing restorative approaches over a period of six years, the suspension rate fell for students of all races and ethnicities. The reduction was 47% for all students; 41% for black students; 53% for Latino students; and 61% for white students.” (from "Closing the School Discipline Gap")

As our classrooms grow ever more diverse, so must our thinking. The Moore Well-Being Program addresses social growth from a fresh and restorative approach with engaging and challenging concepts and exercises.

Environmental Well-Being

  • The American Psychological Association is one organization who recognizes that spending time in green spaces improves clarity, focus, performance and retention of information.
  • A 2017 report in the Journal of Sustainability Education summarized teachers' experiences implementing an environmental learning program by saying: "(It) had several important impacts on students, including stronger engagement in learning, enhanced collaboration, and heightened significance for the concepts learned." Teachers also benefitted from the program including: "...professional growth, sense of fulfillment and an expanded repertoire of teaching approaches."
  • A 2010 University of Essex study reported that just a few minutes of ‘green exercise’ can have a significant impact on cognitive well-being and self-esteem, especially with young people

Environmental learning goes beyond the benefits of green spaces or clean air and water. It invites students and teachers alike to explore the ecology of their school, their community and their earth through active participation.

Emotional Well-Being

  • 65% of adults who receive support from a mental health professional find that it was extremely or very effective, according to the American Psychology Association 2014 Report, Stress in America.
  • According to the 2016 Children's Mental Health Report by the Child Mind Institute, “One out of every five children in the US meets criteria for a major mental disorder”
  • The Child Mind Institute report also stated: “More than 77,000 children in special education receive suspensions or expulsions for more than 10 cumulative days in a year—including children with autism, anxiety and learning disorders.”

The Moore Well-Being Program helps adults and students to recognize that emotional well-being is more readily achieved as a supportive community rather than individually. It provides coaching and tools to do just that.

Physical Well-Being

  • Teens and adults who exercise more than once a week experience lower stress than peers who exercise less, according to the American Psychology Association 2014 Report, Stress in America.
  • A study published in a 2018 edition of School Health found that "physical activity levels and proper nutrition significantly predicted achievement scores... Thus, the active, healthy nutrition group scored higher on reading, math, and science standardized achievement tests scores.”

Physical well-being is about more than exercise and diet. It's about developing an awareness and attitude toward health and self-care that permeates throughout all aspects of one's life. The Moore Well-Being Program engenders and elevates physical well-being through a fun and creative curriculum that speaks to the whole self.

Spiritual Well-Being

  • According to a study published in Emotion (2010), mindfulness and meditation practices help to relieve stress, depression and anxiety and improve emotional regulation.
  • Award winning psychologist Elliot Aronson writes of how the building of empathy and compassion in the classroom must be achieved if we are to provide a safe learning environment for our children.
  • A 2011 study published in Frontiers in Psychology found that adolescent students who meditated in school experienced less reactivity than those who did not.

Spirituality is defined as a sense of meaning and purpose, and a connection and relationship with one's self, to others, to the environment and to something beyond the self. The Moore Well-Being Program explores these relationships and offers tools for self-awareness, compassion, and reverence.

Financial Well-Being

  • According to the American Psychology Association 2014 report, money and work are the two biggest stressors for adults and for 65% of teens, financial concerns for their families is a significant source of stress.
  • A 2016 study found that teacher job satisfaction is significantly impacted by salary.

Our relationship with money begins at an early age, but healthy habits and strategies can develop through adulthood. The Moore Well-Being Program encourages "financial literacy" at both the individual and organizational level through a plan-act-assess approach.

And check out the news, infographics and downloads...


outlines the benefits of well-being education in the classroom


demonstrates the process of the Moore Well-Being Program

Blank Wheel Worksheet

helps you clarify your current well-being status and goals

Indicators of a Flourishing School

shares an overview of pre- and post- well-being qualities and measures

Department of Education

shares a 2013-14 report on student education equity and opportunity

National Institute of Health

offers suggestions for how the family can promote well-being

Well-Being Resources Guide

provides a sample of resources for the seven areas of well-being

STEM Training Reaches Teachers Overseas

read the full story of Jenn Moore's  Beijing, China trip in 2018