Services are tailored to the specific needs of each school and can be modified through ongoing feedback from administration and staff. The Miss Kendra team works in parallel with faculty rather than expecting teachers to deliver the program. These powerful programs have proven to increase school sensitivity to trauma, mediate student stress, and reduce the number of office referrals and out-of-school suspensions.
Once students began to see the Miss Kendra Program specialist, teachers saw a positive effect on student engagement and classroom culture, and an ability to better regulate emotions, work more readily in groups and take risks in the classroom.
I have noticed a significant drop in behavior referrals, suspensions, and overall disciplinary problems. The students feel a sense of relief when they get the opportunity to “play” with the therapist and the teacher notices a sense of calmness when students return to the classroom.
I cannot stress enough the value of a program such as this in my school. Our suspensions and discipline referrals decreased dramatically, and our students spent more time in class. Miss Kendra Program also provided an outlet for teachers, who saw someone readily available to help them,