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The B.E.S.T. Program:Workforce Development Missouri Pathways Conference March 7, 2011 Dr. Jaime Dial Dr.Tyran Sumy Assistant Director Principal of Secondary Education Lafayette High School St. Joseph School District St. Joseph School District
Proﬁt In Education•Established in 1989•Partnership between SJSD, United Way, MWSU, Chamber of Commerce, and non-proﬁt organizations.•Works to improve the graduation rate, increase the percentage of adults who attain their GEDs, encourage life-long learning, and provide an educated workforce.
Who takes this class?9th graders who are “At-Risk” What does that mean? How do we select students?
Why have aB.E.S.T. program?• Increase interest in school• Improve on-time graduation rates• Understand the world of work in their own community• Motivate students to succeed in school and equip them with needed skills to be successful when they graduate.
B.E.S.T. has 4 components:• In-class presentations• Job-shadowing• Service Learning• Reﬂective discussion and dialogue
How is it going? Cohort 1 (13 kids)•All students are currently still enrolled in school.•GPA as 8th graders: 2.5•GPA as LHS 10th graders: 2.9•Students have embraced the cohort culture. Bonding.•All are involved in activities.•Social skills--United Way Luncheon preparation•Sense of normalcy.
Cohort 2 (24 students)•Taking 40 honors classes total•Only 3 are undecided on postsecondary plans•Attendance•United Way Luncheon preparation•Size of group--we are still working•Next steps--Hillyard Technical Center Partnership?
I believe that in order to effectively reach someof our at-risk students, that we must buildrelationships with them. The GPS program notonly allows for that to happen at a deeper level,it establishes a system of trust and unity betweenthe teacher and students. --Tina Shaginaw, Teacher
Something that helped me in this program waswhen we cleaned Krug Park. It also made merealize that they need more people to help outand clean up. --Craig, student
The GPS class helped me ﬁgure out if wanting tobe a cop would be a good thing and it was. Iliked all the trips but now I know I want to be acop. --Troy, student
...I have never really thought or even caredabout my future, then our class started going toall these business places. It opened my eyes, andmakes me want to do good in school so I canget a good job and so I can take care of myselfand not really have to worry about anything. --Cheyenne, student
The main beneﬁt that I received from the GPSprogram was to never give up in school evenwhen things are hard. I also felt like the classwas a family. --Kaitlin, student
...was fun getting out of school and going to theﬁeld trips, learning what jobs are out there. Ithelped out my grades and it showed us how toget a job. I ﬁgured out what I want to do when Igraduate; I am going to go into the Army when Iget out of school. --Daniel, student
I think that this class is very fun and I love howwe get to go places and see what we can dowith our lives instead of ruining them. --Tyler, student
I think that this class helps me know that I canbe what I want to be, and with that being said Ihave more conﬁdence in my future... --Dylan, student
It has been one of the most challenging andrewarding facets of my teaching career! --Tina Shaginaw, teacher
I think it’s one of the best classes I’ve ever had. --Dallas, student
Questions? Dr. Jaime Dial Dr. Tyran Sumy email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @DrDial Lafayette High SchoolBlog: http://drdial.edublogs.org (816) 671-4220
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