There are a number of strategies a school can use to implement our curriculum. Our program is designed for flexibility, so implementation is simply a matter of deciding what is best for your school.
If a school has the ability, the program is best implemented from 7th grade until 11th grade. Our curriculum is divided into four modules, which can be matched to each grade:
- 7th to 8th grade: Module 1
- 9th grade: Module 2
- 10th grade: Module 3
- 11th grade: Module 4
The length of time it takes your school to finish each Module is strictly dependent upon the amount of time each day/each week your school dedicates to teaching the curriculum. The following are a list of possible strategies for teaching our program:
The HeartBridge curriculum has been approved as an accredited course under Career Focus by the Arkansas Department of Education. This typically would be taught to an ALE class, an 8th or 9th grade transition class or another class designed specifically for that school district. If a school can make the class available to both 8th and 9th graders, these lessons could be split into 30 for each grade.
Many schools have adopted a class for the 8th or 9th grade to help with the transition from middle school into high school. Ninth grade is the most vulnerable grade for dropping out of school. The HeartBridge curriculum is perfect for helping students acclimate socially and emotionally into a potentially scary year. SEL has been proven effective in reducing dropouts, increasing academics and reducing disruptive behavior.
The curriculum can also be implemented if a school has a pre-set advisory period in their school’s schedule. The curriculum can be taught in a 20-30-minute period, which means that a lesson can be taught in two to three days depending on the school’s schedule. Pathways or interventions can be pre-packaged depending on a student’s needs.
Alternative Learning Classrooms
Usually a one year program implemented into an ALE classroom will help change destructive mindsets some students enter school with. Specific interventions may be taught for specific issues. If a school has an Alternative Learning classroom(s), the curriculum can be implemented as an accredited class. Many of the students attending ALE programs have learning or behavioral problems, so specific pathways or interventions will greatly benefit these students.
The curriculum can be used for self-contained classrooms, where the entire curriculum may be taught or specific pathways designed for special needs. Our staff will work with the school to make sure the best lessons and program fit your specific needs.
Many of the Health frameworks are included in the HeartBridge curriculum. The curriculum may be taught as a one semester class or it may be used as a supplement to the class. Mental and emotional health have been largely ignored in our schools, and we feel that our curriculum brings an additional much needed focus to these areas for young people.
Out-of-school or after-school programs
The curriculum may be used within after-school programs as a specific intervention, pathway, or to prepare students for productive school experience. The HeartBridge staff will work with the school to design specific pathways for specific needs.
The long-term goal is for every teacher, administrator, counselor and parent within a school district to be involved in the SEL process. Integration into every class, event, or program in the school changes the curriculum from a program to a culture. With the HeartBridge curriculum and program, several pathways can be explored. Again, the staff at HeartBridge will help design a school-wide program for your school.
College Freshmen Seminar
It has come to our knowledge that there are many incoming first-year college and university students who have the same social-emotional issues which we are addressing in our high-school curriculum. A specific pathway for college freshmen is packaged to address issues that lead to behavioral problems, dropping out, or self-harm/suicide attempts. To learn more or view a detailed course outline click here