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 original Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, Project Resilience, is conducted during the school day for students in grades 3-7. Lessons are facilitated by one of our mental health professionals, with the teacher present in the classroom. The idea that everyone can build their resilience through a strengths-based focus and through connecting with others provide the foundation for the program. Acknowledge Alliance staff lead mindfulness and gratitude practices every lesson in addition to creative activities that focus on CASEL's core competencies. Students and their teachers learn about and practice essential social emotional skills, including identifying and regulating emotions, demonstrating awareness and caring for others, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and making responsible decisions.  For more information about the program, download the program brief here.


Lessons include:

  • Character Strengths

  • Brain Development

  • Understanding Feelings

  • Managing Emotions

  • Positive Relationships

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • 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.

Acknowledge Alliance also offers counseling services to out-of-school youth development organizations including Peninsula Bridge and the Boys & Girls Club Redwood City.

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. 

acknowledge alliance partners:

Addison Elementary
Barron Park Elementary
Beechwood School
Berryessa Unified School District Office
Bishop Elementary
Blue Hills Elementary
Boys & Girls Club Redwood City
Brentwood Elementary
Canada College
Carlmont High
Cherry Chase Elementary
Clifford Elementary
Columbia Middle
Crittenden Middle
Cumberland Elementary
Cupertino Unified School District Office

Murdock-Portal Elementary
North Star Academy
Palo Alto High
Palo Verde Elementary
Peninsula Bridge
Ralston Middle 
Redwood City Child Development Program
Redwood High
San Miguel Elementary
Selby Lane School
Sequoia High
Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP)
Sunnyvale Middle
Sunnyvale School District Office
Woodside High

Ellis Elementary
Fairwood Explorer Elementary
Gateway Community
Gunn High
Hoover Elementary
Horace Hawes Elementary
Kennedy Middle (Cupertino)
Kennedy Middle (Redwood City)
Lakewood Elementary
Menlo-Atherton High
Menlo School
Miller Middle
Monta Loma Elementary
Muir Elementary