WHAT IS REBEL HUMAN FOR SCHOOLS?
Rebel Human for Schools is a video-based learning environment that allows educators to easily incorporate meditation, mindfulness, and social and emotional learning into their school’s 6-12 curriculum.
Designed by experts in the field, Rebel Human for Schools integrates social and emotional learning (SEL) and mindfulness, allowing for both a skills-based and embodied approach to learning.
Rebel Human for Schools is composed of a Core Meditation and Mindfulness program and two add-on modules that can be included for a more robust wellness offering. Our Core Program teaches meditation, mindfulness, and breathing techniques to help students focus their attention, build self-compassion, recognize and regulate their emotions, and increase their capacity for empathy. Our Mindful Movement Module boosts physical fitness, builds mental resilience, cultivates grit, strengthens the nervous system, and helps relieve anxiety. And our Creative Expression Module helps students identify and connect with their values and unlock their creative potential while having fun!
Rebel Human was developed by Jenny Arrington and Tait Medina, Ph.D. You can read more about them HERE.
WHAT IS A REBEL HUMAN?
We developed the Rebel Human for Schools program because we believe the world needs more rebel humans.
A Rebel Human is someone with the strength and clarity of purpose to challenge the status quo in defense of a better future for themself and the world around them. Someone who can do the hard thing when it’s the right thing.
There are countless examples of doing the hard thing when it’s the right thing. It can be as simple as following through with a commitment, to as challenging as speaking your truth in a roomful of naysayers or standing up in defense of another at the expense of your own comfort and privilege. Regardless of the specific “thing,” doing the hard thing when it’s the right thing is, by definition, hard. It takes resilience, clarity, and the capacity to see beyond oneself. It is through these everyday acts of rebellion that one begins to construct a life of meaning and purpose, a life that is bold and kind, a life of which one can be proud.
HOW IS THE REBEL HUMAN FOR SCHOOLS USED?
Our program can be used in the following ways:
SETTLE IN: Teachers can start each class with one of many “settle in” videos, short mindfulness and meditation videos that can be used at the beginning of class to help get students ready to learn. These 2-5 minute practices are designed to calm the nervous system, increase focus, and develop executive functioning. These lessons teach valuable skills that can be used in all aspects of life.
DETENTION ALTERNATIVE: The data show that when socio-emotional and somatic practices are taught to kids in detention and during suspension, the number of students in detention drastically decreases. In Baltimore, the number of students in suspension went to zero.
SEL & MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM: Our video lessons can be used as a resource by teachers who want to integrate social and emotional learning (SEL) and mindfulness into the classroom. Our Teacher’s Manual provides prompts and activities for ELA, History/Social Studies, and Science teachers.
RESOURCE FOR COUNSELORS/SOCIAL WORKERS: Our video lessons develop skills in emotion regulation, stress management, equanimity, resilience, and self-advocacy and can be used as a resource by school psychologists, social workers, and counselors.
CHANGE THE CULTURE: Tier One rollout with curated modules that the whole school can experience together. These can be taught in a homeroom setting or as part of PE and can center around themes such as: resilience, emotion management, healthy relationships, and self-regulation.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Onboarding meeting with stakeholders
Live training session for Teachers at your school
Development and hosting of your private Rebel Human for Schools webportal of video lessons
Over 100 Video lessons organized by SEL Skills, Settle-Ins (used at beginning of class), Mindful Movement breaks
Short descriptions of each video plus teacher profiles and pictures that can be used by your school in weekly emails to students, parents, and staff.
Teachers Guide, which includes a description of each video lesson, supplemental exercises when applicable, general discussion questions, and tailored discussion questions by subject (ELA, History/Social Studies, Science).
Mid-program check-in with stakeholders to discuss impressions, usage, and reception
WHY DOES YOUR SCHOOL NEED THIS?
Decades of research demonstrate that SEL increases prosocial behavior, decreases emotional distress, reduces conduct problems, and improves academic performance. You can read more about this research HERE and HERE. But, despite the overwhelming evidence of the positive impact of SEL, the organizational structure of schools makes it difficult to implement SEL and SEL-related approaches such as meditation and mindfulness. The Rebel Human for Schools program is unique in that it provides over 100 short, engaging, and experiential video lessons that can be easily integrated into the classroom, having a big impact on social and emotional development, without taking time away from academics. Our program can also serve as an alternative to detention, helping the kids who need it the most heal from trauma and develop new skills, competencies, and strategies.
Given the unprecedented disruptions of the 2020 school-year, wellness and social-emotional support is an URGENT need. Without targeted efforts to help students manage stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, the multiple competing pressures of 2020 will have lasting deleterious effects. Compared with 2019, the proportion of mental health-related visits for teens to the ED increased 31% in 2020 (citation), and a recent study found that 7 out of 10 teens were struggling with their mental health (citation). The disruptions and trauma of the 2020 school year have left teens disconnected from their support systems and structures, leaving them particularly vulnerable and unmoored.
Schools need access to an easily integrated program that empowers their students to work with and understand their emotions, manage their stress and anxiety, strengthen their resilience, build equanimity, and navigate these uncertain times. Now is the time for schools to implement regular, daily, school-wide wellness protocols, and we are here to help.
Rebel Human for Schools' bite-sized and fun video lessons meet students where they are, helping them develop social and emotional skills and resources, spark creativity, inspire exploration, and encourage self-actualization.
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