K-12 Trauma-Informed SEL
It’s Miss Kendra Time!
Time to take your school from trauma-informed to actively addressing the impact of trauma and toxic stress on student engagement. Miss Kendra Programs are trauma-informed social emotional learning (SEL) programs with year-long curriculums for children in kindergarten through high school. Miss Kendra Programs help schools create an environment that supports open conversations about stress and transforms the relationship between teachers and students, which is needed now more than ever. Join us on a journey to become a Miss Kendra school!
Support for all Students
Integrating Social justice
Impact for students, teachers and parents
AGE APPROPRIATE CURRICULUM
Wrapped in Miss Kendra Magic, students in grades K-1 spend time learning the fundamentals of Miss Kendra: norms of child safety, naming their feelings, and how to tell an everyday worry from a Miss Kendra worry. Miss Kendra Time is a time for these young learners to share the feelings in their hearts and the worries on their minds, no matter how big or small.
2nd - 3rd Grade:
2nd and 3rd grade Miss Kendra curriculum takes an energetic and playful approach to helping students apply Miss Kendra's concepts of child safety. Students also practice building healthy relationships with peers, and are encouraged to be curious about how others might think and feel. By using their imaginations, artistic abilities, and dramatic playfulness to connect with each other, 2nd and 3rd graders will become part of a courageous and vibrant Miss Kendra classroom community!
4th - 5th Grade:
Let’s go there! The Miss Kendra curriculum for 4th and 5th grade explores core social and emotional concepts at a deeper level to engage older students’ newly developed abilities to articulate their experiences, ask insightful questions, and show empathy towards others. The lessons encourage students to grapple with complex life challenges, mirroring students' increased sense of responsibility and social awareness.
6th - 8th Grade:
Ready to level up? The Miss Kendra middle school curriculum diverges from the imaginative world of Miss Kendra for younger students, and encourages students to be honest about the things that are getting in their way at school. Students learn how to draw connections between their lived experiences and difficulties they may be having – whether social, emotional, or academic – as well as the skills they need to disentangle trauma triggers to better manage distress at school.
9th - 12 Grade:
Let's talk about the truth. The Miss Kendra high school curriculum directly addresses topics relevant to students' everyday lives, such as identity development, relational stress, and social justice. Each lesson encourages students to think critically and empathically about different perspectives through experiential learning and discussion. The curriculum can be tailored to the unique needs of each school community, and lessons can be implemented non-sequentially to attend to emergent issues.
More than 10 Years of Experience
Number of students
Less Suspensions and office referrals
TEACHER & PRINCIPAL TESTIMONIALS
We have seen decreases in behavior; we have seen children speak their truths in letters to Miss Kendra and conversations on the carpet. To watch their faces after they speak their truths is like watching someone who has been trying to carry a large weight on their shoulders for a long time finally be able to put it down.
2nd Grade Teacher, Bearfield Primary School, Ahoskie, North Carolina
Miss Kendra Programs provide a way for our students to give voice to their worries, and know our school is a safe place in which they could receive support.
Principal, Edgewood Magnet School, New Haven, Connecticut
The best part of the Miss Kendra Programs is knowing that through the program we create opportunities for kids to share their stories and give them opportunities to talk about things that they may not otherwise have the chance to talk about.
Miss Kendra Counselor, Escambia County, Florida
I have seen the worries melt off kids when they are able to write them down and the joy they experience getting a letter in return. Even my students who do not write letters love to hear who got a letter and support them, which does not happen often with my kiddos.
4th Grade Teacher, Spokane, Washington
It is a very informative and open program with a great amount of resources supporting it. It has a great structure, a baseline to go off of, and fun activities for the students.
Kindergarten Teacher, Waterville, New York
Students have a chance to share thoughts & feelings without feeling judged.
4th Grade Teacher, Murphy, North Carolina