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When a student shares their worries, Miss Kendra presses a red bead into their palm and says "this is for your strength."

Who is Miss Kendra?

You are.

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Miss Kendra is every trusted adult that a child can talk to. Every child has something to share, and they often just need to be heard.

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She is an imaginary character who teaches children about child safety and the importance of asking for help when they are dealing with stress and worry.

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Miss Kendra teaches children empathy. Through her story children learn the value of receiving care from their family, friends and community around them. They also learn to help others when they go through a hard time.  Like Miss Kendra, each of us can help by asking students about their worries, and listening to their answers.

Why would you recommend Miss Kendra Programs?

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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 can receive support.

Principal, Edgewood Magnet School, New Haven, Connecticut

“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

“Students have a chance to share thoughts and feelings without feeling judged."

4th Grade Teacher, Murphy, North Carolina

Miss Kendra Model

blob At its core, Miss Kendra Programs centers on asking every child on a regular basis if they have experienced stressful events in order to identify problems early and strengthen their psychological immunity. For the child, this process consists of:

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Identifying core stressors using Miss Kendra’s list (a list of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs);

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Communicating to the child the existence of a knowledgeable and caring listener–their teacher and Miss Kendra;

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Gaining language about these concepts to achieve more cognitive control of emotions.

Through the imaginative and playful world of Miss Kendra, students explore the worries and traumas that interfere with their ability to learn and focus on their schoolwork.

Teachers are bringing Miss Kendra to Life

Through the imaginative and playful world of Miss Kendra, students explore the worries and traumas that interfere with their ability to learn and focus on schoolwork. Lessons are rooted in core social emotional competencies.

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Self-Management

Self-Awareness

Social Awareness

Relationship Skills

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Decision Making

One Teacher’s Journey to Become Miss Kendra

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I’ve learned a slew of classroom management strategies over the course of my career. As an experienced teacher, I have a pretty full toolbox of techniques. Yet, before Miss Kendra Programs, I never felt equipped to help students share their emotions, navigate relationships, unburden themselves of the traumas and worries in their lives or get at the root of the issues that stand in the way of learning. For a long time, we have just expected kids to arrive at school ready to learn. Discipline was the only acceptable response to students acting out or performing poorly on schoolwork. Now we know that the inability to focus, take in new information or relate in healthy social ways, is not a child’s fault. These are symptoms of unbuffered toxic stress. When teachers learn to address the underlying cause of these behaviors and act as a buffer, we can support our students to learn and grow as whole, healthy human beings. To do this, though, we need to learn to engage and guide students in open conversations. By becoming Miss Kendra, we can create the safe spaces students need in an imaginative and playful way, where difficult conversations don’t feel so scary. Students now wait

with anticipation for Miss Kendra Time as a place to learn and share their opinions, feelings, thoughts and personal experiences. Along my Miss Kendra journey, I have begun to shift the way that I see behavior. Instead of “fixing an issue,” I’ve learned to honor whatever is going on, address it, and help kids to unburden themselves and build lifelong skills. I have also found a change in myself as I’ve reconnected with my inner guide and reaffirmed my passion for teaching. These are long-term systemic changes that not only impact me and the children in my classroom, but create a billowing web within the school, in families and in the community. Miss Kendra Programs continue to guide me along this journey with structured lesson plans and support so that my role of Miss Kendra doesn’t just start and end with designated classroom time—it becomes a way of managing the classroom and relating to students. This is not just another tool in the toolbox. This is a transformational journey, and real change happens along the way.

· A Miss Kendra Teacher

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