Resilience Consultants (mental health professionals) meet teachers and administrators where they are, listen to what they need and work directly together to create a healthy positive school environment. Through classroom observations, coaching and professional development groups, Acknowledge Alliance provides educators with the knowledge and skills they need to help them:

  • Understand and respond to the emotional and developmental needs of students
  • Build supportive, life-changing relationships in the school setting
  • Create school-wide changes that promote engagement and well-being

“Acknowledge Alliance supports the school staff to help us all cope with the difficult backgrounds and lives that our students carry with them on their backs and in their hearts everyday. They are a vital part of the school community and allow us to make a bigger impact on our students.” -Teacher

Acknowledge Alliance's 18-week Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum is conducted during the school day for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. SEL lessons are facilitated by a mental health professional, with the teacher present in the classroom. Essential social emotional skills include: recognizing and managing emotions, demonstrating caring for others, making responsible decisions and establishing and maintaining positive relationships. 

Some lessons include:

  • Getting to know yourself (your strengths)
  • Understanding your brain
  • Resilience and taking care of yourself
  • Resilience and mindfulness
  • Feelings
  • Empathy
  • Friendship
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Work
  • Decision Making

At K-8 schools, teachers refer students to counseling after recognizing a need for social and emotional support above and beyond what is possible to offer in a full classroom setting.

At alternative Court and Community Schools (grades 9-12), Acknowledge Alliance provides counseling services to the most at-risk teens who have been expelled from their local schools or are on probation in San Mateo County. These are students facing the greatest life adversities - poverty, coerced gang involvement, first hand witness to violent deaths, loss of family members, discrimination, and abuse. After students exit from the Court and Community Schools, we help them successfully transition back into their public high school by providing counseling and resources on campus at all of the Sequoia Union High School District's comprehensive and alternative high schools. The teens who receive our counseling services gain insight into how their life experiences drive their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; learn to regulate their responses to emotional stimuli; become more empowered to speak up and advocate for themselves appropriately; develop increased trust and the ability to choose healthier relationships; improve their school engagement; find compassion for themselves and each other; and experience renewed hope and a glimpse of a future with new possibilities.

Our professional staff of licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists provides supervision and training to clinical interns who in turn provide students individual and group therapy. We are committed to building the pipeline of talented mental health professionals by placing Master’s and Psy.D students at school sites to directly support students.

Acknowledge Alliance has been aligning with high-profile partnerships who share its values around creating more resilient school communities. Our current partners include New Teacher Center, San Jose State University, Sunnyvale School District, San Mateo County Office of Education, San Mateo County Juvenile Program Department, Sequoia Union High School District and the Wright Institute of Psychology. Our work with each of our partnership agencies is uniquely tailored to the needs and interests of each organization/group.

Acknowledge Alliance has also been playing an increasingly significant role as the content expert in resilience and other issues related to social emotional learning in local, statewide and even the national arena. Workshops and training topics for educators, mental health professionals and parents include: teacher burnout, stress, working collaboratively with families, mentoring, team building, adolescents and diversity. 

Schools we serve:

Addison Elementary
Barron Park Elementary
Beechwood
Canada College
Carlmont High
Columbia Middle

Piedmont Middle
Ralston Middle
Redwood High
San Miguel Elementary
Selby Lane Elementary
Sequoia High
Woodside High

Crittenden Middle
Gateway Community
Hillcrest
Hoover Elementary
Menlo-Atherton High
Palo Verde Elementary