Self-Esteem Through Culture Leads to Academic Excellence

What is SETCLAE?

Self-Esteem Through Culture Leads to Academic Excellence
(SETCLAE) is a model curriculum that provides a mechanism through which educators, youth workers, and parents can teach their children the positive aspects of their cultural heritage and simultaneously increase their self-esteem and their desire to excel.

Do you want to improve test scores?– SETCLAE

Why is it needed? Some Black youth think being smart is acting White. Some think they are better in sports and Whites are better in science. Some Black youth think they are better in music and Whites in math. Some Black youth think they are better in rap and Whites in reading rap. If you want your students to act like slaves start their history in 1620. If you want them to be scholars start their history 5 million B.C.

Seven Reasons Why You Should Use SETCLAE

  1. It Will Promote Self-Esteem.
  2. It Will Improve Academic Achievement.
  3. It Will Reduce Disciplinary Problems.
  4. It Is Easily Integrated Into The Curriculum.
  5. High Quality, Inexpensive Material, And Support Service.
  6. In-Service Training Is An Integral Component Of SETCLAE.
  7. It Encourages Parental Involvement


All sets include manual and map and Elementary includes awards, songbook and cd.

Results speak!
Pat Charthern, Academic CoordinatorCentennial School, Roosevelt, NY
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"Results from the New York State Math Pupi; Evaluation Performance Test showed that 92% of the 6th grade students were above grade level - a marked increase from 43%."
Ed Jefferson, PrincipalColeman Elementary School, Seattle Public Schools
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"SETCLAE provides a concrete way to support our schools' philosophy of raising self-esteem and promoting academic achievement."
Gretchen Fuller, TeacherMarcus Garvey Academy Detroit, MI
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"My students look forward to SETCLAE and it eliminates my discipline problems."
"Schools that infused their curriculum with their children's history and culture improved test scores over 40%."
"SETCLAE provides a concrete way to support our schools' philosophy of raising self-esteem and promoting academic achievement."
  • Forty-two percent of African Americans can’t read beyond the sixth grade level.  In most urban areas the dropout rate hovers near 50 percent.  There is, on an average, a thirty point differential on achievement tests between White and African American students.
  • Many African American Students associate being smart with being White or with being something undesirable or unattainable.
  •  Many are embarrassed about their lack of knowledge about African American History.
  • People who possess self-esteem attribute their success to their abilities, and their failures to lack of effort.
  • Numerous studies confirm the relationship between self-esteem and academic achievement.
  • To improve the academic achievement of those students no reaching their fullest potential.
  • To instill in youth self-determination and effort which is the best way to measure academic achievement.
  • To transmit racial pride and enhance the students’ knowledge of culture and history and its significance to contemporary living.
  • To improve discipline and school atmosphere
  • By conducting in-service training for educators and parents on:Self-Esteem
    Teacher expectations
    School climate
  • Maximizing academic achievement
  • By measuring students’ self-esteem at the onset of the program using a self-esteem pre-test and  after completion of the lesson plans with a post-test.
  • By providing lesson plans to be used to enhance the students’ knowledge of African and African American culture and history.

SETCLAE can be easily integrated into the following elementary and high school courses:

  • Language Art
  • Health
  • Sex Education
  • Peer Pressure
  • Social Studies
  • American History
  • Drug Prevention /Education
  • African American History
  • Civics
  • World Cultures

SETCLAE can also be integrated into many courses and post-secondary level in the following disciplines:

  • Sociology
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Psychology
  • African American Studies/Black Studies
  • American Studies

We have had a great deal of interest in schools in which African Americans make up a small minority. A large portion of SETCLAE lesson plans are not racially specific and are appropriate for all racial groups.

~ We also stand firm on the importance of all students needing a more accurate understanding of African American culture and history. If we are really serious about integration, then we must drop the “melting pot” theory and implement the “salad bowl” theory.

~ SETCLAE is also easily modified to include other cultures. For example, Harambee groups can choose from the names of the Hispanic-speaking communities or countries or important leaders from their particular ethnic group. It is important for all children to receive the exposure of African American culture and history in a positive light.

~ It is equally important for teachers to be receptive to the information, if they are looking for strategies and materials that will help them relate to their African American students

We believe there is no comparison!! But we’ll let you be the judge!

~ SETCLAE is a comprehensive self-esteem curriculum complete with an in-service training video, teacher’s manual, complete workbooks (Grades K-8, 9-12), lesson plans videos, posters, award certificates, pre- and post-tests, a map and all the books needed to successfully implement the program.

~No other modules can attempt to do what SETCLAE does; which is to systematically build the self-esteem of all children (and even adults), using the positive elements of African and African American culture. Even overall school climate is improved if SETCLAE is implemented as the school-wide program that it is meant to be.

Yes! SETCLAE is a comprehensive on-going program which includes an informative, easy-to-follow in-service video featuring SETCLAE co-authors Folami Prescott, M.A. and Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu. This 70-minute video will help new and future implementers understand the materials, the concept, and the actual process.

~ Implementors also need to receive an overview of the need for SETCLAE. Remember the importance of agreeing on problems, causes and solutions, before we can move to the implementation. (Dr. Barbara Sizemore)

  • By making full use of the exciting lesson plans which are included in the workbooks designed for each grade K through 8 and in the High School workbook.
  • In thirty-minute weekly class sessions that can be expanded.
  • With a model that is very flexible and easily integrated into existing curriculums.
  • Public and Private Schools, K-8, 9-12
  • Day Care Centers
  • Culturally Integrated Schools in which such a program can improve racial relations and decrease racial tension.
  • Parents
  • After-School and Saturday Cultural Programs
  • Youth Clubs and Recreation Centers

Elementary SETCLAE contains 32 lesson plans.

  • Peer Pressure
  • Advertising Images
  • Values
  • History
  • Culture
  • Choosing Careers

There are a total of 28 lesson plan in High School SETCLAE.  Each on comes with “extensions” so that you can expand a lesson plan to include new material.

  • Black English/Standard English
  • Public Speaking
  • Peer Pressure
  • Male/Female Rites of Passage
  • Sex Education
  • Drug Education
  • The Media
  1. Observation And Follow-Up Discussions
  2. Direct Contact With Students-SETCLAE Staff teachers four classes using the model and materials
  3. Negro Versus African History – How to Teach African History Correctly
  4. Self-Esteem And  Its Relationship to Discipline- A Crucial Relationship
  5. Teacher Expectations – Getting the most from students
  6. Language Arts – Using cultural dialect to teach standard English
  7. Self-Esteem and Parental Empowerment – For parents only
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