School Programs

“Giving the students an outlet to be independent, to express themselves, to kind of come together as a class, that is just amazing, you just feel the energy that they create as a family and we always are pushing that school is not only for learning, it’s about the relationships between the students and each other and the relationships with teachers and staff.”

-Principal Allison Cordes

Mike Liston is trained to offer the evidence-based Beat the Odds® curriculum that focuses on process, not performance, and builds core social-emotional strengths, including:

  • Focus and listening
  • Team building
  • Positive risk taking
  • Self-esteem
  • Awareness of others
  • Leadership
  • Expressing feeling
  • Managing anger/stress
  • Empathy and gratitude

Developed by UCLA researchers, Beat the Odds® significantly reduces behaviors related to inattention, withdrawn/depression, posttraumatic stress, anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity, oppositional defiance, and sluggish cognitive tempo. New findings suggest that the program is highly effective for special education classrooms.

In partnership with Oxnard School District in Oxnard, California from 2017-COVID, we delivered this program to all 22 schools each year with 5th and 7th graders. Data available upon request.

“The DrumBus program in Oxnard School District was an overwhelmingly positive and impactful experience for students and staff and, after a year, we had measurable outcomes to back it up. DrumBus knows how to captivate students, and their work within the curriculum was always engaging.”   –Michael C. Ridge, Director of Pupil Services, Oxnard School District, CA

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