Drawing from best practices in social work and psychology, the Haven Way combines external and Haven-developed approaches and practices to create an environment that is relationship-focused, empathy-centered, and trauma-sensitive. Three key parts of the Haven Way are: trauma-informed practices, an emphasis on predictability and stability, and student voice and choice.
Sustaining a trauma-sensitive environment is essential to supporting our students in the child welfare space, where 92% of kids have been exposed to at least one traumatic event. All children deserve to learn in an environment that both recognizes their unique circumstances and supports their development of strong relationships within their school environment.
Predictability & Stability
We prioritize creating a predictable and stable place for all students through running the same program every day, using common language and behaviors from all adults, supporting students and families outside of school, and focusing on social emotional well being. Every morning starts with student being greeted by multiple adults as they enter the building to set the tone for the day.
Student Voice and Choice
Students are given as much voice and choice in their learning experiences as possible. Students are able to practice decision making skills in a safe environment and have ownership over how they learn and interact throughout the day. Classroom charters are created together by students and staff to ensure each classroom has a strong foundation informed by student voice.
Staffing Model and Partnership with Outside Agencies
The unique Haven staffing model is specifically designed to support learning in a child welfare-impacted space. We have large social-emotional and behavior specialist teams, both of which include individuals with educational and clinical backgrounds. We also partner with outside agencies to provide comprehensive mental health and behavior support for our students. Over a hundred students every year receive individual counseling. Additionally, each classroom has a co-teaching model to support small group and individual instruction and meet each child where they are academically.