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Icehearts and School – Early Intervention

Icehearts is a model for early intervention that improves the possibilities of students who are at high risk of exclusion. HundrED will follow how Icehearts and schools work together.

What is the role of an Icehearts educator in schools?

Icehearts educators will assist teachers in classrooms during lessons by maintaining calm atmospheres and guiding students individually or in small groups. Icehearts will also be present in schools outside of classrooms by interacting with students and faculty. The educator will attend lunch with the students, will participate in recess and field trips. The educator will also support the students’ families and be a part of student welfare services, if given permission by a student’s parents.

Is this a new experiment or is this based on an existing one?

Icehearts was founded in 1996 and the work they have done in schools has always been an integral part of operations. What is new about this experiment is the systematic work done in schools through documentation and the assessment of effectiveness.

How will the experiment be scheduled and how will it be put into practice?

Beginning in the Fall of 2016, HundrED will observe Icehearts in Mikkola and Tesoma Comprehensive Schools in Finland.

What are the goals you are looking to achieve with the experiment?

The main goal of Icehearts educators is to support and enable school activities by being the additional help in classrooms. Another goal for development purposes in the experiment is to systematically document information in accordance with the work done by Icehearts to observe the effect it has on schools.

Why is this experiment meaningful?

Using Icehearts in comprehensive schools is an impressive and cost-effective way of improving wellbeing for students and teachers, particularly in supporting struggling students. Icehearts builds community, promotes positive atmospheres and prevents exclusion.

Contact Information

Organization: Icehearts Finland

School(s): Mikkola Comprehensive School and Tesomajärvi Comprehensive School.

Contact person: Ville Turkka

Contact email: ville.turkka@icehearts.fi