Proven in real life, backed by research
See how independent research from two leading institutions proves our story exchange program promotes positive classroom culture and much more.
Bronx, NY, school sees positive changes, according to the University of Chicago.
Researchers from the University of Chicago collected data from
9th grade students at University Heights High School (UHHS) in the Bronx, New York, in Spring of 2016 and Spring of 2019. Since 2016, all 9th grade students at UHHS have participated in story exchanges. UHHS pioneered a student facilitator training program, gradually turning freshmen into Narrative 4 leaders by the time they reach their junior year.
Researchers found that in the two years since partnering with us, UHHS experienced:
- Increased attendance rates
- Increased graduation rates
- Decreased rates of suspension
Narrative 4 students nationwide feel more supported, according to
In 2015, the Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale University launched the Emotion Revolution Survey. In this nationwide survey, researchers asked high school students about their emotions and experiences at school.
In contrast to many other schools, students at Narrative 4 schools experienced positive emotions more frequently than students in the national sample. The reported benefits were:
- Improved communication skills
- More positive relationships with teachers
- Feeling that teachers know their interests
We follow the highest educational standards.
Our story exchange model is proven by real-life results, backed by independent research, and fully aligned with the highest educational standards.
Based on the CASEL Core SEL standards, our story exchanges foster self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, social awareness, and responsible decision-making.
We also follow American School Counselor Association’s standards, focusing on mindset standards and behavior standards.
Discover the standards that help us develop our story exchange program.
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