The Peer Recovery Center of Excellence, in partnership with the Association for Recovery Schools (ARS), present:

Recovery School Academic Programming

This webinar is intended for anyone interested in the creation or maintenance of a recovery school. It is meant to introduce many of the nuances that come along with recovery school operations and supporting students in recovery. It will cover some critical elements of recovery schools including the importance of an enriching social-emotional and academic experience, meaningful incorporation of online learning, and the structuring of a recovery school to include both recovery elements and academic programming.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the considerations for ways recovery schools can offer enrichment to their academic programs through quality curriculum, extraordinary school staff, and supplemental experiences.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the considerations for meaningful incorporation of online academic programming including platform selection, academic accountability, monitoring student activity, and offering supplemental support.
  • Participants will gain an understanding of creating and maintaining a quality learning and recovery environment that cohesively works to first meet students’ basic needs and then facilitate growth in academics and recovery.



Dr. VillavicencioDr. Villavicencio is an assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of California Irvine. She studies K-12 educational policy and practice that deepen or disrupt inequities for students and families who are marginalized because of race, ethnicity, and immigration status. For nearly a decade, she conducted research at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools at NYU—a research-practice partnership with the NYC Department of Education. She is the author of the award-winning book, Am I My Brother’s Keeper: Educational Opportunities and Outcomes for Black and Brown Boys (Harvard Education Press). Prior to becoming a researcher, Dr. Villavicencio taught middle and high school English in Brooklyn, New York and Oakland, California.

Supporting Adolescents in Recovery High Schools

Past event: April 18, 2024 ~ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
(1pm Central / 12pm Mountain / 11am Pacific)

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Our Facilitator


Sara Roberts has been an English Language Arts teacher for five years at P.E.A.S.E. Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a graduate of a recovery high school and a long-time supporter of recovery schools. She attended college at the University of Minnesota, and has her Masters of Education from there. She has also completed coursework for a Minnesota K-12 principal’s license. Sara’s favorite part about recovery schools is the bountiful opportunities to meet students exactly where they are and support their academic and social-emotional growth.




Our Panelists:

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Bridget Maggard

David Claunch

Gabby Wohlford

Marian Holtorf