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  • J\nAbout 3 years ago, we had an opportunity to apply for a grant through AT&T. The grant was focused on improving graduation rates of at-risk 8th or 9th graders. We recognized that our we had a population of 9th graders who often struggled when starting high school. We began dreaming about what we could do for them that opened doors of access and enlightened them to the opportunities that they had waiting for them when they left high school. Thus, the B.E.S.T. program was born.\n
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  • B.E.S.T. Program Presentation

    1. 1. 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
    2. 2. PIE = Profit In Education
    3. 3. 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.
    4. 4. Business &EducationSucceedTogether
    5. 5. Who takes this class?9th graders who are “At-Risk” What does that mean? How do we select students?
    6. 6. 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.
    7. 7. B.E.S.T. has 4 components:• In-class presentations• Job-shadowing• Service Learning• Reflective discussion and dialogue
    8. 8. 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.
    9. 9. 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?
    10. 10. B.E.S.T. Summit June, 2010
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    19. 19. Year 1: Lafayette High SchoolYear 2: Lafayette High School and the Colgan ARC
    20. 20. What do our students and teacher say?
    21. 21. 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
    22. 22. 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
    23. 23. 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
    24. 24. ...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
    25. 25. 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
    26. 26. ...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
    27. 27. 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
    28. 28. 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
    29. 29. It has been one of the most challenging andrewarding facets of my teaching career! --Tina Shaginaw, teacher
    30. 30. I think it’s one of the best classes I’ve ever had. --Dallas, student
    31. 31. Questions? Dr. Jaime Dial Dr. Tyran Sumy jaime.dial@sjsd.k12.mo.us tyran.sumy@sjsd.k12.mo.us Twitter: @DrDial Lafayette High SchoolBlog: http://drdial.edublogs.org (816) 671-4220
    32. 32. IMAGES• Hello, my name is anonymous by quinn.anya on Flickr• banana cream pie by olgucz on Flickr• United Way symbol from United Way’s website• The Open Road by Stuck in Customs on Flickr

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