Access HappiGenius as a Live Program (interactive trainer-led sessions) or On-Demand (at your own pace).

HappiGenius Elementary (HG-e) is the direct instructional component in the systemic approach to SEL.

HG-e in Numbers:

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40 certified trainers

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8 pilot sites

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1 federal grant

The BFF Approach

Each lesson in HG-e is an integration of three skills: Breathing, Focusing, and Feelings – The BFF Approach.

Breathing

Learn slow deep breathing as you build your star.

Focusing

Develop strong and focused attention with fun engaging videos.

Feeling

Develop skills in empathy and gratitude; apply these skills for problem solving.

HG-e skills help children:

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Experience more uplifting emotions

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Better handle frustrations and anger

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Develop positive relationships

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Creatively handle daily challenges

The result – a happier, smarter, creative, calmer, well-mannered, and more connected child.

HG-e Nuts and Bolts

The complete HG-e program has 12 lessons that integrate into the PBIS framework, Tiers 1 and 2.

Each HG-e lesson:

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Is 30 to 45 minutes long

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Involves active hands-on learning

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Offers rich opportunities for group interaction and bonding

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Consists of sequenced activities

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Offers “fun at home” practices

The current HG-e version is best suited for grades 2-4.

Some of the instructional tools include:

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Interactive attention-building games

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Short breathing exercises

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Relationship building practices

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Self-management practices

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Problem solving practices

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Books

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Mini quizzes

All the resources, instructional, and collateral materials can be accessed digitally.

HG-e is available in the following formats:

In the classroom (in-person)

In the classroom (digital)

At home (digital and HG-live)

HG-e Research

HG-e has been piloted and offered at four public schools and one private school. We are collaborating with a Fortune 500 company to bring the program to its employees' families.

In collaboration with InSciEd out, Mayo Clinic, and Rochester Public School District, we have recently completed the first clinical trial of HG-e among third-grade students at the Gage Elementary Public School, Rochester, MN.

List of studies:

3. Pilot evaluation to assess feasibility of HG-e delivery using a hybrid approach (online and in-person) at Long fellow Elementary School, Rochester, MN. Jan-March 2021.

Sample content

HG-e offers short, engaging videos as starting point for most lessons.

Here are a few examples:

BREATHING: Take five deep breaths as you build your star

FOCUSING: Train your focus with fun engaging videos

FEELING: Access uplifting feelings in short incremental steps

The skills learned through these videos translate into practices that integrate throughout the day.

Bring HappiGenius to Your School/District

We see SEL as a holistic process and not as a standalone program.

HG-e is one component in our systemic approach to SEL.

The six components include: 

Direct SEL instruction (HG-e) + Teacher training + Embedded instruction
+ School wide support + Family and community programs + District initiatives

Our SEL program for schools and districts includes training teachers, staff, administrators, parents and community in a novel approach to resilience that we have pioneered and found efficacious in a research study.

Here is our three-step engagement process:

Step 1. Plan

Initial consultation

Understand the school/district needs and resources.

Build foundational support and plan with all the stake-holders.

Step 2. Pilot

Pilot the program

Pilot the approach with a limited audience.

Refine and finalize the approach based on initial experience.

Step 3. Implement

Implement the program

Provide SEL training for students & resilience for adults.

Assess outcomes, continuously improve, engage community.

Become a HappiGenius Instructor

Join our growing network of HG-trained instructors. You can become an instructor as part of a school district or independently.

Presently, we are particularly interested in training school counselors, psychologists, wellness coaches, resilience trainers, teachers, and college students.

The HG Instructor is a half day one-on-one or small group training.

Please contact us for the next steps.

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Our Team of Experts and Researchers

Gauri Sood,
Co-Creator, Happigenius

Sheila Anderson

Brent A. Bauer, MD

Arush Chandna

Debbie Fuehrer,
MA LPCC

Carla J. Paonessa

Brenda Schiltz,
MD

Amit Sood,
MD MS FACP
Co-Creator, HappiGenius

HappiGenius Trainers

Gauri Sood,
Co-Creator, Happigenius

Sheila Anderson

Brent A. Bauer, MD

Arush Chandna

Debbie Fuehrer,
MA LPCC

Carla J. Paonessa

Brenda Schiltz,
MD

Amit Sood,
MD MS FACP
Co-Creator, HappiGenius

HAPPIGENIUS TRAINERS

Eric Aeschlimann
Dover Eyota Public SchoolsEyota, MN 55934

Sheila Anderson, M.Ed.
School Counselor Britton-Hecla School DistrictBritton, SD 57430

Jennifer Arroyo, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research FellowDepartment of NephrologyMayo Clinic, Rochester MN 55905

Amy Becker
School Social Worker Fairmont Area Schools Fairmont, MN 56031

Meagan Bies
Elementary TeacherElton Hills Public SchoolRochester, MN 55901

Gretchen Bill
Human Resources GeneralistDepartment of Human ResourcesRochester, MN

Paula Braun
Elementary Teacher Dover Eyota Public Schools Eyota, MN 55934

Julie Bushman
Elementary Teacher Dover Eyota Public Schools Eyota, MN 55934

Robert Campbell, MD

Sandhya Chandna, Ph.D.

Ann Clark,
M.A.Education Consultant Principal (Retd.) Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction (Retd.) Rochester Public School District Rochester, MN

Sarah Floren
Fifth Grade Teacher Rochester Public Schools Rochester, MN 55901

Debbie L. Fuehrer, M.A., LPCC
Instructor in Medicine Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN 55905

Amanda Guenther
Elementary Teacher Rochester Public Schools
Rochester, MN 55901

Laurie Hurst
Elementary Teacher Rochester Public Schools Rochester, MN 55901

Joshua Jensen Therapist
Zumbro Valley Health Center Rochester, MN 55904

Catherine G. Knier, M.D. Ph.D. Trainee Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Rochester, MN 55905

Tasha Lewis, M.A. Therapist Zumbro Valley Health Center Rochester, MN 55904

Heather Lyke
Director of Teaching and Learning Dover-Eyota Public Schools Eyota, MN 55934

Julie J. Pospishil

Suzette Rowen Elementary Teacher Dover Eyota Public Schools Eyota, MN 55934

Ankit Sabharwal, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Fellow Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Guggenheim Building 13-35Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN

Gauri Sood
Lead Trainer, HappiGenius Senior, Mayo High School Rochester, MN

Samantha Spinner
Elementary Teacher Rochester Public Schools Rochester, MN 55901

Megan Tuohy Elementary Teacher Dover Eyota Public Schools Eyota, MN 55934

Connie Vaughn,
BSc, MT Retired Elementary Teacher Wisconsin

Bobbi Waters
Elementary Teacher / Behavior Interventionist Dover Eyota Public Schools Eyota, MN 55934

Allyson Yennie
Third Grade Teacher Rochester Public Schools Rochester, MN 55901

Sheila Anderson

Jennifer Arroyo, Ph.D.

Gretchen Bill

Sandhya Chandna, Ph.D.

Ann Clark, M.A

Debbie Fuehrer,
MA LPCC

Catherine G. Knier, M.D.

Tasha Lewis, M.A.

Julie J. Pospishil

Ankit Sabharwal, Ph.D

Amit Sood,
MD MS FACP
Co-Creator, HappiGenius

Gauri Sood,
Co-Creator, Happigenius

Connie Vaughn