San Diego, Calif.--
Prepare U is kicking off the month of February with the National Conference on Education. Presented by The School Superintendents Association (AASA), the National Conference on Education is the premier association for school system leaders and serves as the national voice for public leaders and public education. (Come say hello and visit us at booth #849)
Prepare U continues to innovate and move the needle in mental health education throughout North America. Often referred by prior students and staff as the most important class of their life, Prepare U is expanding through partnerships with school districts and Community Mental Health in the shared goal of supporting their communities. Prepare U is the first ever evidence-supported experiential mental health curriculum.
The flexible and easy to implement 15-class curriculum is showing consistent results in decreasing trauma and anxiety symptoms, while increasing meaning, purpose, and emotional support for students in a range of settings. “We are happy to be able to offer districts pre and post programmatic assessments to help them and us to have a better understanding of how students are responding to the Prepare U Mental Health Curriculum,” said Ryan Beale, Founder and Coauthor of the curriculum. “When it comes to mental health, it is often difficult even as professionals to gauge the effect that an educational intervention is having. We often assess how a class went by how we or the other person “feels” immediately about the experience, when it comes to mental health growth it’s a unique process, and that is why the programmatic assessment that we offer to districts is so valuable. We provide nationally and internationally respected survey tools that are measuring the real world effects of the Prepare U experience as part of the value add package when districts implement Prepare U.”
Expanding nationally and partnering with several other Superintendents means providing students with the evidence-based tools to tackle tough topics and effectively combat the issues they’re facing or will likely face down the road. Topics including anger and abuse, social media and bullying, grief and loss, and suicide prevention are all geared toward reducing suffering while breaking unhealthy coping patterns frequently observed in this critical intervention point of 13-19 years of age. Across the board and in a variety of several different educational settings, students are reducing suffering and cultivating emotional resilience by learning, and taking it one step further by implementing the life skills covered in the curriculum.
Prepare U’s Home Edition is another way that school districts are supporting not only their students but their entire community. The Prepare U Home Edition is a powerful online process that allows the families to follow along while their child is experiencing the curriculum with their peers.
With Superintendents and administrators stepping up everywhere to tackle this new phenomenon and critical role in serving their school districts’ emotional needs, Prepare U is proving to be an effective ally and innovator in this space.