ALIVE’s vision is to create schools that
support open conversations about the truth in our students' lives, and thereby
liberate their energies and spirits for the important work of learning.
By attending to students’ stresses before they break down with symptoms and negative
behaviors, ALIVE helps entire classrooms and schools to maintain focus.
We believe that the primary cause of the achievement gap is
not in the conditions of schools, but in the conditions of students, who have
been exposed to toxic levels of psychological stress.
The Foundation for the Arts and Trauma,
Inc. is invested in supporting the educational goals of students and teachers
in Connecticut’s public schools. We draw on a preventive,
trauma-informed, arts-based approach to facilitating student success that we call
A.L.I.V.E. (Animating Learning by
Integrating and Validating Experience), which has been influenced by and
incorporates elements of the Comer Method and Achievement First models of
school intervention and the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
model of trauma treatment. This year we
provided programs in 8 elementary schools (Barnard, Strong, Wexler Grant,
Truman, Curiale, DiLoreto, Bishop Woods, and Clinton Ave), and 5 high schools
(Metropolitan Business Academy, High School in the Community, International
Academy at Wilbur Cross, New Horizons, and Hillhouse) from September 1, 2015 – July 31, 2016. The overall aims were:
To increase collaboration between the Foundation and
To develop school specific interventions, in
collaboration with each school, from a trauma-informed perspective.
improve students’ engagement in the educational task of the school
by reducing incidents of disruptive and withdrawn behavior, increasing time
spent learning, and improving the overall social atmosphere in the classroom.
evaluate the effectiveness of our programs through school records, self-report,
and observational methods.
Our nation’s current policy is to wait until highly stressed
young children cannot hold on any longer and break down into symptoms of
anxiety, depression, and disruptive behaviors in the classroom, and only
then to provide expensive support services and treatments. ALIVE aims to reach these
highly stressed students before they need to break down. This is accomplished through methods of early
identification, in which every child is asked what is happening in their lives
on a regular basis.
Currently teachers, principals, and
social workers are spending much of their time attending to the many students
who are disruptive during the school day. They are not however attending to those students who might be disruptive
tomorrow. The result is an
unending cascade of upset students. By
interrupting this pipeline, ALIVE has lowered office referrals and therefore
freed up teachers’ and administrators’
time to attend to their actual duties.
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