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  • 1. A.S.P.I.R.E. Ms. Dar Kadulski Mr. Josh Skubal Dr. Kay Tulppo December 2006
  • 2. Education: At-Risk
    • Last 2 decades term “at-risk” has become more prominent
    • almost ½ of American adolescents are at high or moderate risk of damaging their life chances
  • 3.
    • Students are at risk if:
      • Experience educational hardship
      • Perform poorly or failing regular education
      • High rate of absenteeism
      • Low resiliency factors
        • No caring adult
        • Lack of monitoring skills
        • Trusting adult
        • Negative peer group
      • Low parental involvement
      • Experience psychological issues
  • 4. Resiliency
    • Definition: “the ability to spring back from and successfully adapt to adversity” (Henderson and Milstein, 2003, p. 2)
    • Necessary for student success
  • 5. Education identifiers
    • Academic
    • Social
    • Emotional
  • 6. Academic Needs
      • Strong and fair leadership
      • Safe and caring climate for all; discipline is fair
      • Highly qualified and motivated staff using variety of teaching methods
      • At-risk cannot be “fixed”
      • Outside environment cannot be controlled by school
  • 7. Social Issues
    • Students at risk:
      • Feel a sense of detachment from school setting
      • Lack of belonging to a group
      • Peer group
        • Difficulty creating and sustaining - positive
        • Gossiping/name-calling/attire - negative
  • 8. Personal/Emotional Issues
    • Will escalate @ high school without intervention in middle school
    • Issues
      • Poor self-esteem/self-image
      • Poor attitude(s) toward school
      • Low academic achievement
      • Subjected to ridicule and embarrassment from peers and staff
      • Signs of depression
      • Increase risk behavior
    • Could lead to “dropping out” of school environment – physically and/or emotionally
  • 9. Northland Pines At-Risk Programming
  • 10. A.S.P.I.R.E.
    • A cademic excellence
    • S elf-motivated with
    • P ositive
    • I nitiatives, are
    • R eliable and have high
    • E xpectations
  • 11. Northland Pines School District Mission Statement
    • Northland Pines School District is dedicated to empowering all individuals to reach their potential.
  • 12. Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB – No Child Left Behind)
    • At-risk intervention and assistance necessary to meet AYP (Annual Yearly Progress)
    • Lack of programming could lead to status of “In need of improvement”
    • No child deserves to be “left behind”
    • District’s allocation of resources to at-risk programming will fortify a commitment to empower EVERY child to attain his/her full potential
  • 13. Middle School A.S.P.I.R.E.
    • Our goals:
      • Ensure students graduate from our school as civic-minded and responsible citizens
      • Become service-minded
      • Prosperous citizens
      • Develop good work habits
      • Honesty “absolutely essential” to public education
      • Foster development of caring hearts
  • 14. A.S.P.I.R.E. Mission Statement
    • To serve students who:
      • have not been successful in the traditional school environment
      • exhibit patterns of excessive absenteeism and help to develop positive school attendance
      • have been unsuccessful in other academic programs
  • 15. A.S.P.I.R.E. Mission Statement (cont’d.)
    • To educate all students in basic knowledge
    • To provide a safe, supportive environment where :
      • Students will be able to participate in meaningful learning experiences
      • Learning experiences will be flexible and suitable to the individual learning style(s)
  • 16. A.S.P.I.R.E. Mission Statement (cont’d.)
    • To educate students in life-long learning skills that promote continuous growth in their occupational, civic, and personal lives
    • To provide a dynamic partnership with the each students, family, staff, and community – a strong school-student-parent partnership critical to education every child
    • To create a climate of mutual respect with each student, family, staff, and community
  • 17. History
    • Staff team formed at middle school to explore at-risk programs in state – UW Platteville
    • Site visits by staff to regional at-risk programs
    • Inclusive approach
  • 18. A.S.P.I.R.E. History
    • Name must be positive
    • 8 th grade transition to high school imperative
    • 100% of A.S.P.I.R.E. students that began in middle school are enrolled in public education
  • 19. A.S.P.I.R.E. Program Profile
    • The first two weeks of academic year spent working on:
      • Interpersonal Conflict, Training for Empathy, Anger Management, Problem Solving, Dealing with Peer Pressure, and Dealing with Bullying
    • Students in A.S.P.I.R.E. program in middle school often enrolled in math and English with A.S.P.I.R.E. teacher
  • 20. A.S.P.I.R.E. Program Profile (cont’d.)
    • Students have a structured study hall/resource with the A.S.P.I.R.E. teacher and/or paraprofessional to assist in completion of homework
    • Daily contact made by A.S.P.I.R.E. teacher with all teachers regarding assignments for the day; noting academic progress and/or difficulties
    • Periodic progress reports to monitor progress
  • 21. A.S.P.I.R.E Program Profile (cont’d.)
    • All grade levels
      • De-escalation
    • 6 th grade
      • Math 6/Language Arts able to block time
      • Extra time to complete tests
      • Extended work time on science and history
        • ALPHA Smarts
        • Laptops
  • 22. A.S.P.I.R.E. Program Profile (cont’d.)
    • 7 th and 8 th grade
      • Able to work in A.S.P.I.R.E. room for quizzes and tests for further clarification of questions
      • Option to report to A.S.P.I.R.E. room during work time for further clarification of assignments
  • 23. A.S.P.I.R.E. Program Goals
    • Assist identified students to experience academic success
    • Link students with positive peer/adult mentors
    • Instruct students in basic skills
    • Application of critical thinking and communication skills
    • Encourage students to build on strengths and talents
  • 24. A.S.P.I.R.E. Program Goals (cont’d.)
    • Develop and implement Personalized Instructional Plan (PIP)
      • Personalized Instruction Plan
    • Name: ____________________________
    • Grade: 6 or 7 or 8
    • Quarter: 1 2 3 4
    • My academic goal for this quarter is:
    • I will know if I met my academic goal if I accomplish the following:
    • 1.
    • 2.
    • My social goal for this quarter is:
    • I will know if I met my academic goal if I accomplish the following:
    • 1.
    • 2.
    • My physical goal for this quarter is:
    • I will know if I met my physical goal for this quarter if I accomplish the following:
    • 1.
    • 2.
  • 25. A.S.P.I.R.E. Program Goals (cont’d.)
    • Instruct students in social skills
    • Develop positive family/student/school relationships
      • Weekly home contacts
      • Parent meeting/dinner once a month
  • 26.  
  • 27.  
  • 28. A.S.P.I.R.E. Student Goals
    • Exhibit an improved attitude toward school and learning
    • Increase motivation for learning
    • Successfully complete the school year and advance to the next level
    • Increase appropriate classroom behavior
    • Complete 90% of class assignments in a timely fashion
  • 29. A.S.P.I.R.E. Student Goals (cont’d.)
    • Decrease number of failing grades to less than two in core areas (World History, Geography, U.S. History), science, mathematics, English/language arts)
    • Demonstrate improved academic performance in reading and mathematics
    • Increase organizational and/or study skills needed for academic success
    • Increase appropriate grade level social skills
    • Demonstrates self-control
  • 30. A.S.P.I.R.E. Student Objectives
    • 100% of the students in the A.S.P.I.R.E. Program will demonstrate 70% proficiency in applying skills learned in each math and English/language arts unit before moving on to the next unit
    • 70% of the students will achieve a C or better in all of their core classes
    • 60% of the students will participate in at least one co-curricular activity
    • 100% of the student will participate in developing and signing a Personalized Instructional Plan (PIP)
  • 31. A.S.P.I.R.E. Qualifications
    • At least one grade level below in math and or English/language arts (based on the results of the SRA math and English achievement test)
    • Failing two or more core classes
    • Previously retained
    • Family issues
      • Death in family
      • Divorce
      • Other
  • 32. A.S.P.I.R.E. Qualifications (cont’d.)
    • Psychological/emotional factors
    • Frequent absenteeism
    • Faculty recommendation (see checklist)
    • Previously referred for special education – learning disabilities – did not qualify
    • Lack of parental support, involvement, and/or discipline
    • Minimal behavior issues
  • 33. Team Checklist for ASPIRE Program
    • Name of student ____________________
    • Grade 6 or 7 or 8
    • Check all that apply:
    • ____ Lack of parental support, involvement, and/or discipline
    • ____ Poor self-confidence, low self-esteem or self-worth
    • ____ Poor peer relationships
    • ____ Failing two or more core classes
    • ____ Not EEN served
    • ____ Previous EEN referral
    • ____ Staff recommendation
    • ____ Math assessment below grade level
    • ____ Reading assessment below grade level
    • ____ Previous retention
    • ____ Absences hinder learning
    • ____ Minimal behavior issues
    • ____ ADD/ADHD
    • ____ Psychological/emotional factors
    • ____ Does not use resource wisely
    • ____ WCKE results
    • ____ MAPS testing
    • ____ IQ
  • 34. Cycle of Success At-risk students Caring adult, safe environment Social, academic, emotional success
  • 35. Personal Issues
    • Poor self-esteem/self-image
    • Poor attitudes toward school
    • Low academic achievement
      • Subjected to ridicule and embarrassment from peers and staff
    • Signs of depression
    • Increase risk behavior
  • 36. Positive Change
    • Positive behaviors increased
    • Became positive role models the majority of the time
    • Able to identify inappropriate behavior
    • Intrinsic academic motivation
  • 37. Absences by grade
  • 38. Grade Point Average 6 th /7 th grade
  • 39. Caring adults
  • 40. Environment
  • 41. Northland Pines School District Mission Statement
    • Model what is expected
    • Nurture a safe, healthy, and trusting environment
    • Provide a challenging and engaging curriculum
    • Promote life-long learning
    • Build school, family, and community partnership
  • 42. Northland Pines School District Mission Statement (cont’d.)
    • Celebrate cultural diversity, talents, and strengths
    • Thrive in a global society
    • Foster continuous improvement
  • 43. Invitation to all board members:
    • Parent/student meetings occur on the second Tuesday of every month
    • February 13th
    • 6:00 PM
    • Middle School Commons
    • Meal served; academic updates
  • 44. Questions/Comments