CREATING A SNAP ACADEMY
      Mark J. Shuster & Krista L. Rundell
          Pottsgrove School District
Demographics of
      Pottsgrove High School
Location: Pottstown, PA - 45 miles Northwest of Philadelphia

Number of stude...
Administrative Support

New Administration from Superintendent to Vice-Principal

All embraced technology integration and ...
Perception Video
Perception Video
Pottstown Health &
        Wellness Foundation


$37,500 grant

Heavy on technology

Student-created resources for communi...
Pottstown Health &
        Wellness Foundation


$37,500 grant

Heavy on technology

Student-created resources for communi...
Goals & Vision of Program
The SNAP Academy is a team of student leaders at the high
school who serve as a proactive extens...
Selection of Members
Looking for:

  students who would be a benefit TO the program or could
  benefit FROM the program

 ...
The PLEDGE
Knowing the mission of the SNAP team,
   I pledge to maintain a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle
and abide by al...
Training of Members

Thom Stecher & Associates (www.ThomStecher.com)

3 days of training in Spring

  Low Ropes - creating...
Training Video (Low Ropes)
Training Video (Low Ropes)
Student-Centered Program
Created mission statement - their perception of school needs

  Relationships      (Healthy Relat...
Student-Centered Program
Created mission statement - their perception of school needs

  Relationships      (Healthy Relat...
Student-Centered Program
Establish four components of Academy

  Peer Mentoring    (helping students adjust to HS through ...
Student-Centered Program
Establish four components of Academy

  Peer Mentoring    (helping students adjust to HS through ...
Student-Centered Program
Establish four components of Academy

  Peer Mentoring    (helping students adjust to HS through ...
Student-Centered Program
Establish four components of Academy

  Peer Mentoring    (helping students adjust to HS through ...
Student-Centered Program
Establish four components of Academy

  Peer Mentoring    (helping students adjust to HS through ...
Student-Centered Program
Establish four components of Academy

  Peer Mentoring    (helping students adjust to HS through ...
SNAP Academy Video
SNAP Academy Video
Our Community
Resource Website
Our Community
Resource Website
Course Curriculum
      through Moodle




http://pgsdmoodle.mciu.org/course/view.php?id=26
Course Curriculum
      through Moodle




http://pgsdmoodle.mciu.org/course/view.php?id=26
Program Evaluation
Program Evaluation
Program Evaluation



Currently involved in an Evaluation Clinic through La Salle
University to develop and implement vali...
Program Evaluation



Currently involved in an Evaluation Clinic through La Salle
University to develop and implement vali...
Our Successes
Presenting at PA SAP!

Hoped for 20 members, took in 40 members

School Board adopted as a class

Program cr...
Our Challenges


Keeping students motivated - academics, sports, clubs

Too many initial activities - set a limit, do a fe...
The Future of Our Program


Three day per six day cycle class (.33 to .5 credit increase)

Middle School is developing jun...
Questions?




Mark J. Shuster     mshuster@pgsd.org
Krista L. Rundell   krundell@pgsd.org
Questions?




Mark J. Shuster     mshuster@pgsd.org
Krista L. Rundell   krundell@pgsd.org
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  1. 1. CREATING A SNAP ACADEMY Mark J. Shuster & Krista L. Rundell Pottsgrove School District
  2. 2. Demographics of Pottsgrove High School Location: Pottstown, PA - 45 miles Northwest of Philadelphia Number of students: approximately 1,100 in grades 9-12 Ethnic diversity (2007): White 84.8% Black 12.8% Asian 1.4% Hispanic 0.8% Socio-economic status: economically disadvantaged 15.4%
  3. 3. Administrative Support New Administration from Superintendent to Vice-Principal All embraced technology integration and Whole Child initiative Approached Principal (Christopher Shaffer) to discuss SAP program and he wrote grant for Pottstown Health & Wellness Foundation
  4. 4. Perception Video
  5. 5. Perception Video
  6. 6. Pottstown Health & Wellness Foundation $37,500 grant Heavy on technology Student-created resources for community Student-centered programs for district (Mentoring/Mediation)
  7. 7. Pottstown Health & Wellness Foundation $37,500 grant Heavy on technology Student-created resources for community Student-centered programs for district (Mentoring/Mediation)
  8. 8. Goals & Vision of Program The SNAP Academy is a team of student leaders at the high school who serve as a proactive extension of the SAP team by: providing informal guidance for other students, offering resources through various technologies, and organizing drug and alcohol-free programming & activities. Students understand they are not counselors!
  9. 9. Selection of Members Looking for: students who would be a benefit TO the program or could benefit FROM the program a diverse cross-section of the school population Teacher recommended Introduced program and invited students Students signed contracts to participate Program was approved by School Board as a class for credit
  10. 10. The PLEDGE Knowing the mission of the SNAP team, I pledge to maintain a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle and abide by all laws. Knowing I have the potential to be a role model in the school, I pledge to maintain a positive, respectful rapport with all peers and staff members. Knowing that participation in the SNAP Academy is a privilege that directly impacts my class schedule, I pledge to do my best academically in all classes. Knowing that the Academy will function at its best with committed membership, I pledge to attend all leadership training dates.
  11. 11. Training of Members Thom Stecher & Associates (www.ThomStecher.com) 3 days of training in Spring Low Ropes - creating trust and group solidarity High Ropes - reaching individual goals with group support Discussion - determining mission and goals of program
  12. 12. Training Video (Low Ropes)
  13. 13. Training Video (Low Ropes)
  14. 14. Student-Centered Program Created mission statement - their perception of school needs Relationships (Healthy Relations) Equality for All (Diversity) Safe Havens (Domestic Issues) Prevent Abuse (ATOD Abuse) Emotional Awareness (Mental Health Issues) Conflict Resolution (Bullying) TOGETHERNESS
  15. 15. Student-Centered Program Created mission statement - their perception of school needs Relationships (Healthy Relations) Equality for All (Diversity) Safe Havens (Domestic Issues) Prevent Abuse (ATOD Abuse) Emotional Awareness (Mental Health Issues) Conflict Resolution (Bullying) TOGETHERNESS
  16. 16. Student-Centered Program Establish four components of Academy Peer Mentoring (helping students adjust to HS through informal guidance) Peer Mediation (students arbitrating between peers to resolve conflict) Programming & Activities ( sponsoring drug and alcohol-free events) Technology (provide resources to promote healthy living)
  17. 17. Student-Centered Program Establish four components of Academy Peer Mentoring (helping students adjust to HS through informal guidance) Peer Mediation (students arbitrating between peers to resolve conflict) Programming & Activities ( sponsoring drug and alcohol-free events) Technology (provide resources to promote healthy living)
  18. 18. Student-Centered Program Establish four components of Academy Peer Mentoring (helping students adjust to HS through informal guidance) Peer Mediation (students arbitrating between peers to resolve conflict) Programming & Activities ( sponsoring drug and alcohol-free events) Technology (provide resources to promote healthy living)
  19. 19. Student-Centered Program Establish four components of Academy Peer Mentoring (helping students adjust to HS through informal guidance) Peer Mediation (students arbitrating between peers to resolve conflict) Programming & Activities ( sponsoring drug and alcohol-free events) Technology (provide resources to promote healthy living)
  20. 20. Student-Centered Program Establish four components of Academy Peer Mentoring (helping students adjust to HS through informal guidance) Peer Mediation (students arbitrating between peers to resolve conflict) Programming & Activities ( sponsoring drug and alcohol-free events) Technology (provide resources to promote healthy living)
  21. 21. Student-Centered Program Establish four components of Academy Peer Mentoring (helping students adjust to HS through informal guidance) Peer Mediation (students arbitrating between peers to resolve conflict) Programming & Activities ( sponsoring drug and alcohol-free events) Post-Prom Party Technology (provide resources to promote healthy living)
  22. 22. SNAP Academy Video
  23. 23. SNAP Academy Video
  24. 24. Our Community Resource Website
  25. 25. Our Community Resource Website
  26. 26. Course Curriculum through Moodle http://pgsdmoodle.mciu.org/course/view.php?id=26
  27. 27. Course Curriculum through Moodle http://pgsdmoodle.mciu.org/course/view.php?id=26
  28. 28. Program Evaluation
  29. 29. Program Evaluation
  30. 30. Program Evaluation Currently involved in an Evaluation Clinic through La Salle University to develop and implement valid evaluation of program Using the Kellogg Logic Model (W.K. Kellogg Foundation)
  31. 31. Program Evaluation Currently involved in an Evaluation Clinic through La Salle University to develop and implement valid evaluation of program Using the Kellogg Logic Model (W.K. Kellogg Foundation)
  32. 32. Our Successes Presenting at PA SAP! Hoped for 20 members, took in 40 members School Board adopted as a class Program created WITH students Impact on students in class Resources for community Other schools visit and inquire about program
  33. 33. Our Challenges Keeping students motivated - academics, sports, clubs Too many initial activities - set a limit, do a few really well Kids being kids - revamping of membership contract
  34. 34. The Future of Our Program Three day per six day cycle class (.33 to .5 credit increase) Middle School is developing junior SNAP Academy program Online course offered through Educere for other schools
  35. 35. Questions? Mark J. Shuster mshuster@pgsd.org Krista L. Rundell krundell@pgsd.org
  36. 36. Questions? Mark J. Shuster mshuster@pgsd.org Krista L. Rundell krundell@pgsd.org
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