Program Snapshot from Wallace Foundation
The Mutt-i-grees Curriculum is a PreK-12 program that combines social and emotional learning with humane education, building on children’s love of animals to promote social-emotional competence, academic achievement, and awareness of the needs of shelter pets. Mutt-i-grees’ elementary school curriculum is grouped into two kits: PreK-Grade 3 and Grades 4-6, with separate lessons for students in PreK-K, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, and Grade 6. Each grade range includes 25 scripted weekly lessons across 5 units designed to teach students about shelter dogs in ways that help them navigate interactions with both people and animals. Lessons last approximately 30 minutes and typically include an introduction, discussion, activity related to the lesson theme, and wrap-up. Family involvement, community outreach, and opportunities for service learning are built into the lessons. Each unit also includes Dog Dialog lessons that teach students about dog behavior in order to promote positive interactions with animals. Developed by the Pet Savers Foundation and Yale University of the 21st Century with initial funding from the Cesar Millan Foundation.
Areas of Focus (as stated by program) Self-awareness; emotion identification, expression, and management; empathy, perspective-taking, and appreciation for diversity; cooperative and caring relationships; communication skills; and problemsolving and decision-making