Campus Level Intervention (tutorials, Study Islands, etc..) Mentor/Life Coach Program Collegiate Coach – works with off-track students by cohort Home Visits Credit Recovery Program A+ / Virtual courses Night School 4:00pm-9:00pm Mon - Thurs Academic Grad Plans Conference & Maintained Grades 6th-12 th
Monitor and Track student data Student Data Tracking 5th – 12 th On-Track Status Enrolled students Combined cohorts Cohort Status Tracking Enrolled and withdrawn students Report per cohort
The Whole Child: A New Direction in Education United Way Community Initiative Grant
Midland Independent School District Office of Accountability Office of Dropout Prevention Education Foundation Rays of Hope, Children’s Grief Center Communities in Schools of the Permian Basin United Way of Midland
Train ALL staff Recognize indicators in regards to grief issues Identify the needs of grieving students Learn how to utilize appropriate coping tools. Organize Grief Support meetings for students Committed family assistance Provide our shadowed students with a face they can rely on
Student Grief Sessions Meet twice a month during lunch No Lectures….Just Voice Time.
Rays of Hope – A local Non-profit agency partnered with our district to help the discussion of grief become accepted. Trained every campus. Provided tools & resources Training continues for new staff and refresher training for the counseling staff. Provided added support during crisis situations Provide added ways to incorporate the discussion of grief in the set curriculum Campus Presentations to students – In the works.
Communities In Schools Continued support with Student Assistance Work with the “Most” At=Risk Organized Challenge Day at one High School Campus Participate in Student Grief Group sessions Introduced and Expanded XY Zone Program to the high schools
Midland ISD Flexible Scheduling Collegiate Coach positions to assist counselors with the “Most” At-Risk students Credit Recovery Program at no charge and available at night. Available scheduling opportunities with outside agencies to provide training/support. Introduced a new position – A Crisis Counselor
Midland ISD Dropout Prevention Fast Fwd Presentations Be A Hero Be A Graduate 5 th Grade Discuss how an increasing number of students in schools across America are struggling to stay in school. Share the understanding of the troublesome life lived by pre-teens today Few have a dream, surviving today is all Teen Parents Poverty Friends with the “Shoulda” attitude Gangs and Violence Fulfilling their self fulfilling prophecies Proving discouraging entities wrong Making your family and YOURSELF PROUD Recognizing they are in control of their future Understanding how they handle their life today, can impact their future Knowing they can always press Fast Forward in their mind to see what their future may be but can never rewind Emphasis on the power of their VOICE and to use it when they need help
Midland ISD Dropout Prevention Fast Fwd Presentations Learn to Laugh Again 6 th Grade Discuss how students struggle to focus in school due to the emotional baggage they do not know how to manage. Share the understanding of Cultural challenges Ancestry beliefs Being brushed aside Drama Queen & King labels Understanding that they are not alone with the issues they are dealing with Knowing when they need help to reach out to a TRUSTING adult Recognizing the power of their VOICE not only to help themselves but others Emphasis on the "bystander" witnessing bullying - to stand up and get help when they see someone in trouble
Midland ISD Learn to Laugh Again Student Grief Groups Twice month during lunch Time for Adult and Peer support Counselors, Collegiate Coaches, CIS, Dropout Prevention Coordinator and Youth pastors involved Not a set curriculum, just a time to be heard Follow-up with parents Referrals to medical professionals as needed Emphasizing the point that they are never alone. Proving Caring individuals exist, they just need to find the one that fits best for them.
100% of the students liked the group Students expressed the following They had a place to be heard They could express themselves better They could speak without people passing judgment They felt discussions were relatable They could express emotions freely They were taken seriously They felt important
Though we know a students emotions impact their everyday, it is hard to reflect with certainty in data such as: Test scores Attendance Discipline Credit Attainment Dropout Status Etc…
We can see change in the individual student which then reflects in their everyday life such as: Healing scars Speaking / Making Friends Walking with their head up Pulling hair away from eyes Reaching out more Less confrontational Staying Alive