School Assemblies

The first step toward healing is awareness. That is what our assemblies seek to achieve.

Our student assemblies can be tailored to the school’s needs: at its simplest, I, potentially with Chief Justice John Broderick,  can simply make a presentation. However, the program is much more powerful if students and teachers participate. To fully accomplish that, we are also offering “The Show,” a program that includes students and faculty.

The goals of “The Show” are two-fold:

  • To “normalize” the concept of Outcome Fever for kids, and
  • To help adults—parents, largely—understand that kids are in trouble and explain the global, societal reasons why.

Kids will articulate, to themselves, their peers, and the adults in their lives (through videotaping the assembly), the stress and anxiety they experience on a day-to-day basis. The goal is to get as much student participation as possible, involving a wide range of young people. I will also explain why everyone is so stressed and give easy tips everyone can do to feel better.

The program’s format is flexible and is produced both by students and professionals (if necessary), coordinated by me; who does what depends on the interest and resources of the school. No matter what the final configuration, the kids themselves have a central role in the process and performance.

The assembly’s components are customized to student interests. We can have them produce a video, perform music, “testify” on stage, have a panel, produce a show, etc. The goal is to include as many classes and students as possible. But kids have to be the centerpiece of the program. Young people describe, in their own words, the stress and anxiety they feel every day, so they can start to talk about what they have been holding in and, as mentioned, experience relief when they realize that they are not alone—that, in fact, most of their classmates share their feelings of inadequacy, stress, and anxiety.

  • It is very important to get a cross-section of kids to participate.
  • The assembly should be taped so parents can see it.
  • Justice John Broderick is the MC. He tells his family’s story to kick off the program.
  • I will talk about the causes of student anxiety—what I call “Outcome Fever” and all the baggage that comes with it. I name the “Overwhelming Tragedy List”, elephants and gremlins, etc., and talk about how this problem is fixable and how small things can do a lot to make everyone feel better.
  • We provide a clear structure for next steps for all participating constituencies.

My programs can be scaled up or down. Please contact me to discuss your school’s particular requirements. I will be glad to discuss your goals and how we can achieve them together.

There is currently some funding in place that covers my fees for the Show. Justice Broderick’s costs are covered by Dartmouth Health. Please contact me ASAP if you are interested in this program and accessing the funding.