Our resilience-building and empowerment curricula is evidence-backed and aligns to state education standards.
90% of children will experience at least one traumatic event during their adolescence, which can lead to toxic stress. The introduction of resilience-building and empowerment programs in schools can help mitigate the effects of toxic stress and equip children to be successful in the classroom and in life.
Our Heroes Circle School Program is a unique resilience-building and empowerment program designed for elementary and middle school students.
Using the power of martial arts to teach meditative breathing, mindfulness, and movement, the program engages children’s imaginations, while teaching them how to work through overwhelming emotions and positively respond to stressful situations. This powerful method is an evolution of our work in pediatric pain management, teaching children how to self-regulate, care for others and to respect the power within themselves.
Our goal is to empower schoolchildren to take control of their stress at home and in the classroom.
We’ve made the school program easy to navigate and integrate into the classroom setting. Standards-based lesson plans provide flexibility to help teachers connect the Heroes Circle to their core content and area of expertise. Using a “surround sound” approach, the program is extended beyond teachers to social workers, psychosocial staff, administrators and other high-touchpoint staff.
Our program is more than just a series of classroom exercises.
The following concepts are delivered to students in an innovative and relatable manner.
Our Curriculum Evolves With the Needs of Our Students
Elementary School Curriculum
The 26-week elementary school curriculum is aligned to state education standards, modified by grade level and delivered to students daily via 15-minute teacher-led lessons. In a pilot with Oak Park School District in Oak Park, Michigan, research showed improved academic performance, reduced stress, and decreased incidence of emotional and behavioral problems among participating elementary school students.
Middle School Curriculum
Our 18-week middle school course curriculum was developed for adolescents who are adapting to a new learning environment, while being confronted with greater family and school-related responsibilities, new peer relationships and the pressures of social media.
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Despite the ongoing challenges of the global pandemic, we are committed to empowering one million children to reduce their pain and stress with the help of our evidence-based martial arts therapy.
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