The Fourth R
The Fourth R in Alaska is a partnership between the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, CAMH, State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development and the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
How does the Fourth R work within Alaska?
The Fourth R has been adapted for use in Alaska, the most recent of which includes the Fourth R Alaska Grade 9 version which is an Alaskan-relevant curriculum containing 21 lessons. To-date 53 schools have received Fourth R curricula materials, with over 100 school staff and 84 community partners throughout Alaska have been trained to teach the Alaska Fourth R Healthy Relationship Program for grades 7-9 in their schools. In addition, four Alaska-based Master Trainers have been certified. It is not recommended to teach the Fourth R without being trained.
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The Department of Education & Early Development coordinates with the Department of Health and Social Services to provide curriculum training. For more information on training please contact Patricia.Owen@alaska.gov at 465-2939 or Lexi.Prunella@alaska.gov at 269-4921.
Evaluating The Fourth R in Alaska
In 2011-2012, ANDVSA staff worked closely with Strategic Prevention Solutions (evaluator) and the Fourth-R collaborative to pilot the Fourth R evaluation. Seven high schools participated in cohort 1 of the evaluation project (Kodiak, Bethel, Kotzebue, Barrow, Thunder Mountain, Juneau Douglas, and Valdez), with 3 schools implementing the Fourth R curriculum and 4 schools participating as comparison schools.
In year 2 (2012-2013 school year), Cohort 1 follow-up data will be collected and entered. High schools participating in Year 2 data collection as part of Cohort 2 are: Kodiak, Bethel, Kotzebue, Cordova, Dillingham, Barrow, Wrangell, Kenai Central, Soldotna, and Homer.