Language we used to sell the program at the district level:
Activity: Training of 20 school-based staff to facilitate DRUMBEAT, a therapeutic drum protocol that reduces risk factors while increasing protective factors.
SMART Goal: Because we want to increase social-emotional learning skills in students, we will train 20 school-based staff to facilitate at least one DRUMBEAT program per semester on campus
Research Evidence: Recent developments in neurological research note the beneficial impact of rhythmic interventions on primal brain systems associated with anxiety and emotional control.
Learning: Each DRUMBEAT session focuses on different relationship themes such as identity and social responsibility, values, dealing with emotions, peer pressure, harmony, communication and teamwork. Training attendees will learn how to use rhythm to help students develop greater resilience and emotional control.
Implementing: Each training attendee will conduct at least one DRUMBEAT therapeutic drum program on their campus per semester. Student candidates for DRUMBEAT will be identified by each school site. Programs will take place during the school day – and students have permission to miss academic class time in order to participate. Group sizes are limited to 10 students, either all-male or all-female or an equal mix of both genders. Each training attendee will also identify a co-facilitator on campus to assist at each session.
Evaluating: DRUMBEAT programs will be evaluated using a mood state inventory at the start of the program, at the mid-point, and at the end of the program, as well as feedback from parents and teachers regarding student’s progress in social-emotional learning categories. Students also complete journal entries on how they feel they are dealing with challenges both at home and at school.