Creating Trauma-Informed Schools
Welcome to ALIVE, a program of the Foundation for the
Arts and Trauma, Inc.
impact of unaddressed toxic stress among elementary and high school students is
undermining our children's ability to concentrate on schoolwork and eventually
to be prepared as mature young adults for college or work. Traditionally
schools have viewed themselves as places of learning, and tended to refer
distressed students to health professionals outside of the school. However,
more and more we are learning that it is exactly while the students are in
school and attempting to focus on their work that toxic stress has its most
significant detrimental impact.
ALIVE is an innovative program
designed to help students, classrooms, and schools-as-a-whole become
responsive, in the moment, to the effects of negative experiences on the
educational mission. Through specialized stress reduction sessions,
classroom-wide psychoeducation, and school-wide early detection and screening,
ALIVE aims to create an open conversation about the effects of stress, and link
the students' lived experiences with curricular material. Indeed, ALIVE helps
students see that their difficult experiences can be a source of knowledge,
inspiration, and even career choice, rather than only suffering.
How can my school become
an ALIVE™ Model School?
How can my school implement
the Miss Kendra™ Program?