Due to the pressures in education today (whether peer pressures or test scores and performance), many schools are becoming a place where teachers and students alike are left feeling frustrated, alienated and lost.
Educators face a challenging environment. They are charged with raising test scores and new Common Core performance metrics while also striving to keep classroom climates well. Students represent a broad diversity of backgrounds, experiences and learning styles - many factors outside of the classroom impact their engagement and behaviors. When a student’s social emotional well-being is not addressed, they are not able to open their minds to learning.
Teachers are the most important influence in these young peoples’ lives, next to immediate family. We acknowledge that it takes only one teacher or caring adult to change a student’s life for the better. At Acknowledge Alliance, we provide the support and resources from one to many educators, school administration and youth that result in life-changing effects that go far beyond classroom walls.
- The adult-student relationship is the most powerful variable for learning and success
- Teachers perform best after being in the classroom for at least five years
- However, 46% of teachers leave the profession before their fifth year
- Burn out, poor working conditions and emotional stress consistently rank as primary reasons teachers leave the profession
- Schools and districts nationwide spend $2.2 billion per year recruiting and training replacements
- Over 3 million elementary and middle students are suspended each year
- The prevalence of mental disorders among youth in the general population is estimated to be about 22%; the prevalence rate for youth in the juvenile justice system is as high as 60%
- Approximately 20% of teenagers will experience teen depression before they reach adulthood
- Untreated depression can lead to academic failure, bullying, eating disorders, substance abuse and even suicide
- Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people 15-24
- A positive child is one who feels valued and comes into the classroom "ready to learn"
- The whole child approach prepares young people for long-term success beyond school