Animating Learning by Integrating and Validating Experience
ALIVE programs provide trauma-informed, prevention-based support to students and schools, Kindergarten through 12th grade. ALIVE offers 1) screenings for stressful experiences, 2) stress reduction sessions for selected students, 3) child safety education programs, 4) the Miss Kendra program which allows students to express their worries and receive acknowledgement and support, 5) parent engagement sessions, 6) special programs such as ALIVE Humanities and summer programs for high school students, and 7) professional development and support for teachers and administrators.
Results: Our interventions have reduced office referrals and aggressive incidents in elementary and high schools, calmed classrooms and increased teachers’ time teaching rather than managing. The ALIVE Humanities class has helped students integrate into the high school and develop a supportive school culture. Our weekly screening for child maltreatment has contributed to reduced suspensions and fighting in the high school and allowed us to intervene before the problems have become unmanageable.
Locations: ALIVE is currently being implemented in 10 New Haven schools and is expanding to schools in Bridgeport and other Connecticut cities.
Students write letters about their worries to a fictional character named MIss Kendra, who herself went through hard times. They then receive letters of validation and support back from her. Classroom discussions focus on the meaning of child safety and proper care of oneself and one's family. Over 9,000 letters have been written to Miss Kendra in the last two years.
ALIVE staff provide education on the impact of trauma on learning, de-escalation of students, and developmental perspectives on mental health. In addition, consultation and stress reduction is available to teachers and other school personnel.
ALIVE Humanities is a unique curriculum for 9th gradersin which students’ lived experiences are used as the basis for engaging them in the process of academic discovery and in establishing positive norms for learning that can be applied throughout the rest of their high school education. This program is currently running at the Metropolitan Business Academy in New Haven.
A.L.I.V.E. MEDIA CENTER
A list of articles published about A.L.I.V.E in local newspapers.