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Title: Prioritizing and Implementing a Middle School Graduation Coach Program


1
Prioritizing and Implementing a Middle School
Graduation Coach Program
Presented by Reginald Beaty Executive Vice
President COO Communities In Schools of Georgia
2
Session Objectives
  • Understand how to prioritize your work
    effectively
  • Understand the 4-step process for the
    development and implementation of a Middle School
    Graduation Coach Program
  • Understand the Expectations of the Middle School
    Graduation Coach

3
4-Step Process for Developing and Implementing a
Middle School Graduation Coach Program
Step 1. Getting Smart
  • Understand School Population and Currently
    Available Resources

4
Step 1. Getting Smart
Total School Population ?
  • Things to learn about school population,
    performance and resources
  • Student Demographics (gender, age, race, etc.)
  • Student Population by Grade/Years in Middle
    School
  • Historical Test Performance (Reading, Math)
  • Attendance (Number of students missing 15 days
    last year, previous years)
  • History of Behavioral Problems, Suspensions,
    Detentions
  • Percentage of free and reduced lunch
  • School Improvement Plan
  • Feeder Elementary Schools - Transition Programs
  • Currently Available Resources - academic and
    community

5
Step 1. Getting Smart
Total School Population 700
240
230
230
Grade 8
7 6
Years in Middle School 3 or 4
2 1
( may include retentions)
Males 108
109 115 Females
122 121 125
History of retentions/overage 25
20 18 Failed CRCTs, Low
math/reading 60 40 40
Poor behavior history 30
35 45 Poor
attendance 40 32
35
Sample
6
4-Step Process for Developing and Implementing a
Middle School Graduation Coach Program
Step 2. Whos At Risk
Step 1. Getting Smart
  • Identify Potential At-Risk Students By Name
  • Understand School Population And Currently
    Available Resources

7
Step 2. Whos At Risk
Identify Potential Students At-Risk Using Common
Risk Factors and Frequently Observed
Characteristics
Sample
8
Step 2. Whos At Risk
Total School Population 700
240
230
230
24
30
40
Grade 8
7 6
Years in Middle School 3/4
2 1

Identify At-Risk Students using Common Risk
Factors and Frequently Observed
Characteristics Examples Over Age Low
Reading and Math Scores Poor CRCTs Poor
Attendance Retention Family Status Poor
Behavior/Suspensions Pregnant/Teen Parent
9
4-Step Process for Developing and Implementing a
Middle School Graduation Coach Program
Step 3. Where To Focus
  • Analyze Data
  • Look for Common Areas of Need
  • Establish Priorities With Principal and
    Graduation Team

Step. 2 Whos At Risk
Step 1. Getting Smart
  • Identify Potential At-Risk Students By Name
  • Understand School Population And Currently
    Available Resources

10
Step 3. Where To Focus - Year 3 Example
Grade 8
Years in Middle School 3
  • Determining where to focus
  • Analyze individual data for patterns and trends
  • Identify common needs across groups of students
  • Present findings to Principal and Graduation Team
    to establish priorities for August-October and
    the rest of the year
  • Time/urgency (proximity to graduation)
  • Level of Need (magnitude of the problem)
  • Availability of Resources (cost)

11
Step 3. Where To Focus - Year 1 Example
Poor reading/ math skills
Poor behavior record
Poor Attendance
Age/history of retention
Grade 6
Years in Middle School 1
  • Determining where to focus
  • Analyze individual data for patterns and trends
  • Identify common needs across groups of students
  • Present findings to Principal and Graduation Team
    to establish priorities for August-October and
    the rest of the year
  • Time/urgency (proximity to graduation)
  • Level of need (magnitude of the problem)
  • Availability of resources (cost)

12
4-Step Process For Developing and Implementing a
Middle School Graduation Coach Program
Step 4. Making a Difference
Step 3. Where To Focus
  • Develop a Graduation Work Plan Against the
    Established Priorities
  • Analyze Data
  • Look for Common Areas of Need
  • Establish Priorities With Principal and
    Graduation Team

Step 2. Whos At Risk
Step 1. Getting Smart
  • Identify Potential At-risk Students by Name
  • Understand School Population and Currently
    Available Resources

13
Step 4. Making a Difference
Levels of Intervention
Case Management Interventions designed for
individual students with multiple risk factors
may involve comprehensive interventions from
multiple service providers Examples Tutoring Fle
xible scheduling Counseling Behavioral
interventions Attendance contracts
14
Step 4. Making a Difference
Levels of Intervention
Case Management Interventions designed for
individual students with multiple risk factors
may involve comprehensive interventions from
multiple service providers Examples Tutoring Fle
xible scheduling Counseling Behavioral
interventions Attendance contracts
Small Group Interventions designed for a segment
of the student population to address a common
issue Examples Test tutoring Credit
recovery Remedial courses
15
Step 4. Making a Difference
Whole School Interventions designed for the
entire school population to address major issues
with the potential to become epidemic Examples S
peakers Assembly programs
16
Step 4. Making a Difference
Levels of Intervention
Case Management
Small Group
Whole School
  • Key Elements for Developing A Middle School
    Graduation Plan
  • Select Program Strategies
  • Choose Appropriate Level of Interventions for
    Student Populations
  • Align Resources (Service Strategies) for Service
    Delivery
  • Provide Services
  • Evaluate, Monitor and Report

17
4-Step Process for Developing and Implementing a
Middle School Graduation Coach Program
Step 4. Making a Difference
Step 3. Where To Focus
  • Develop a Graduation Work Plan Against the
    Established Priorities
  • Analyze Data
  • Look for Common Areas of Need
  • Establish Priorities With Principal and
    Graduation Team

Step 2. Whos At Risk
Step 1. Getting Smart
  • Identify Potential At-risk Students by Name
  • Understand School Population and Currently
    Available Resources

18
Expectations of Middle School Graduation Coaches
  • Have a positive effect on attendance rates,
    behavior, CRCT scores, and promotion rates
  • Students successfully transitioning into middle
    school and socially and academically prepared to
    transition into high school

19
Expectations of Middle School Graduation Coaches
  • Successfully analyze data to
  • o Identify at-risk students (focus on grades 5-8)
  • o Quantify the number of at-risk students by
    category
  • o Identify trends, patterns and groupings
  • o Identify opportunities to provide individual
    and group services
  • o Develop Peach State Pathways for at-risk
    students
  • o Recommend programs to the principal and
    Graduation Team

20
Expectations of Middle School Graduation Coaches
  • Focused efforts on the whole orchard Grades
    5-8
  • Have positive results against specified
    strategies and goals for each grade

21
Expectations of Middle School Graduation Coaches
  • Form a team of advocates within the school that
    is focused on improving the promotion and
    graduation rate (Graduation Team)
  • ? Form a working relationship with the principal
    and service providers

22
By the End of the Year, Consider Yourself Lucky
If You Have Not …
  • Received push back from various people (staff,
    teachers, parents, etc.) on what is a MSGC, why
    do we need one, what is your role, why is my
    child involved?
  • ? Been told that improving the graduation rate
    is your responsibility, not mine you were hired
    to do that, not me
  • Been asked to explain why the position exists and
    what the MSGC role is relative to others at the
    school (counselors, teachers, etc.)
  • Found out about existing resources that you were
    not aware of
  • Been asked to do other things

23
4-Step Process for Developing and Implementing a
Middle School Graduation Coach Program
Step 4. Making a Difference
Step 3. Where To Focus
  • Develop a Graduation Work Plan Against the
    Established Priorities
  • Analyze Data
  • Look for Common Areas of Need
  • Establish Priorities With Principal and
    Graduation Team

Step 2. Whos At Risk
Step 1. Getting Smart
  • Identify Potential At-risk Students by Name
  • Understand School Population and Currently
    Available Resources
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