Creating University - High School Connections


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  • MH introduces video MB – Switch programs Win DVD maximize Dbl click to minimize Stop @ 11:04 Dbl click right top of screen to get back to ppt Jake tells about the staff visits and its impact on AIMS. Zach touches on AIMS and then goes on to talk about Kurzweil. – Jake again Kevin speaks on Inspiration, including webbing of Armstrong’s story and his autobiography. Jake adds on something about Inspiration, followed by Kevin talking about Kurzweil’s advantage for editing.
  • Mary demos Kurzweil show reading, highlighting, highlight extracts, etc. Be sure to mention mp3 conversion (ipod use)
  • MH Inspiration demonstration: Demonstrate Rapid Fire Show Outline Conversion Feature Explore Templates: Thinking Skills -- Venn Diagram, Opinion/Proof, Comparison, Social Studies – Pro/Con, Language Arts – Persuasive Essay Rose hands out Goal Setting Template Show Jake’s autobiography
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  • Rose introduces video Mention that video recording was used as an assessment tool along with Inspiration MB starts video Hit play Menu Screen selection Chapter – Strategy Topics Stops @ 16:15 Jake goes over Test Taking Lupe & explains Maria’s schedule. Angel comments on the importance of self-advocacy & seeing instructors. Then Zach explains the 8 day study plan
  • Rose hands out Study plan MB goes over how to use Shows Semester Glance in Word When finished – MB goes to get video started Rose begins introducing next clip
  • Rose introduces video MB Starts clip Hit play Menu Screen selection Chapter – Strategy Topics Stops at 16:51 All students comment on their improvements in AIMS test scores.
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  • MB introduces video Angel describes her experiences on the Shadow day & Jake describes his turn around with his grades & some additions from Kevin & Zach.
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  • Reminders: Brochures Extra handouts Evaluation
  • Creating University - High School Connections

    1. 1. Creating University/High School Connections Using Assistive Technology for Students with Learning and Attention Challenges <ul><li>Presenters </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Beth Foster & Rose Wilhite Strategic Learning Specialists Co-coordinators - SALT High School Connection University of Arizona, SALT Center </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Hinson </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Univ. of Arizona, Special Education Consultant, Curricular Access Founder SALT High School Connection </li></ul>
    2. 2. Creating University/High School Connections for At-Risk Students Program Title : SALT High School Connection Program Objective: to prepare high school students for higher education through a partnership between a university and a high school Partners : the Univ. of Arizona SALT Center & Catalina H.S. SALT (Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques), a university department providing learning support to students with learning and attention challenges Catalina High School - an inner-city school with a high minority population, high failure and dropout rate and a large special education population
    3. 3. SALT - Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques - Established in 1980 - Offers support to students with learning & attention challenges - Currently provides services to over 550 students - SALT First Year Retention Rate = 90% vs. university wide rate of 77% - SALT Graduation Rate - 80% over five yrs vs. University wide rate of 57% over six years
    4. 4. SALT’s Features <ul><li>Learning Specialists </li></ul><ul><li>Writer’s Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops on Learning Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Tutoring </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling </li></ul>
    5. 5. History of SALT High School Connection <ul><li>Fall 2005 - Mary Hinson (Special Education teacher and job developer at Catalina High School in Tucson) approached the SALT Center with a vision to replicate the same support services with Special Education students at Catalina </li></ul><ul><li>Goals: </li></ul><ul><li>To decrease a high failure rate </li></ul><ul><li>To improve students’ use of study skills & resources </li></ul><ul><li>To encourage college as a post-secondary option </li></ul>
    6. 6. Failure Data 2005 Catalina High School <ul><li>9th graders - 68% failing 1 or more classes </li></ul><ul><li>10th graders - 48% failing 1 or more classes </li></ul><ul><li>11th graders - 52% failing 1 or more classes </li></ul><ul><li>12th graders - 21% failing 1 or more classes </li></ul>
    7. 7. Students Who Were Recruited 1 st Year Had 1 or More of the Following Characteristics <ul><li>Failing 3 or more classes </li></ul><ul><li>Students who were ditching class regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Had a processing deficit in either or reading or writing or both areas </li></ul><ul><li>Were seniors who would benefit from this technology </li></ul>
    8. 8. SALT High School Connection Program Offerings <ul><li>Teacher In-Service: Teacher training in universal design strategies, attended by special education & general education teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Study Skills/ English Resource Class </li></ul><ul><li>- SALT staff Presentations w/student mentoring: - Learning strategies </li></ul><ul><li>- Organizational skills </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive Technology Training </li></ul><ul><li>Shadow Days & SALT Tours </li></ul>
    9. 9. Assistive Technology Programs <ul><li>Software programs purchased through educational awards: ing “Unsung Heroes Award” & “Kurzweil Teaching Excellence Award” </li></ul><ul><li>Kurzweil -- a text to speech software program </li></ul><ul><li>Dragon Naturally Speaking -- a voice recognition typing program </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration – a software tool for visual mapping and organization </li></ul>
    10. 10. Student Evaluations of Program Video assessment Students in Video: Angel, Jake, Zach, & Kevin <ul><li>SALT VISIT - Video Clip 1 </li></ul><ul><li>What did the SALT Center do to assist students at your school? Which events did you participate in? Study skills class? SALT tour? U of A SALT Shadow Day? </li></ul><ul><li>Which assistive technology programs have you used? How has this technology benefited you in your studies? </li></ul>
    11. 11. Assistive Technology for Reading <ul><li>Kurzweil </li></ul><ul><li>Reads text aloud (digital format or scanned text) </li></ul><ul><li>Dictionary & highlighting tools </li></ul><ul><li>Study Notes Features </li></ul><ul><li>Writing & Editing Features </li></ul><ul><li>Implemented as an accommodation on AIMS </li></ul>
    12. 12. Assistive Technology for Mind Mapping <ul><li>Inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>Provides visual organization </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm feature </li></ul><ul><li>Webbing </li></ul><ul><li>Templates – for educators & students </li></ul><ul><li>Converts web organization to outline </li></ul>
    13. 13. Dragon Naturally Speaking 9 Speech Recognition Software <ul><li>Talk n Type program </li></ul><ul><li>Little training time </li></ul><ul><li>Highly accurate </li></ul><ul><li>Quick – up to 160 words per min. Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Papers </li></ul><ul><li>Writing emails & instant messages </li></ul>
    14. 14. SALT Presentations with Student Mentoring <ul><li>College & SALT information sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom Presentations - SALT Staff - Student mentors - Learning & Organization Strategies </li></ul>
    15. 15. Topics Presented <ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Math strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Essay writing </li></ul><ul><li>Note-taking </li></ul><ul><li>Test preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Test taking </li></ul><ul><li>Decision making & Goal setting </li></ul><ul><li>Stress management </li></ul><ul><li>Time management </li></ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>Using assistive technology </li></ul><ul><li>Admissions procedures </li></ul><ul><li>College transition </li></ul>
    16. 16. Student Evaluations of Program Video assessment Students in Video: Angel, Jake, Zach, & Kevin <ul><li>Strategy Topics – Video Clip 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Take a look at the list of topics presented by SALT. SALT staff & students talked to you about strategies in reading, writing, test taking, math, avoiding procrastination, and time management. Which of these were the most helpful or relevant to your studies? Tell us how you have used one of these skills in your classes. </li></ul><ul><li>What would be a topic that you would like to know more about? Why? </li></ul>
    17. 17. Sample Topic from Time Management & Test Preparation <ul><li>Study Plans </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking assignments & studying into chunks </li></ul><ul><li>Making studying intentional </li></ul><ul><li>Planning with month or Semester Calendars </li></ul>
    18. 18. Student Evaluations of Program Video assessment Students in Video: Angel, Jake, Zach, & Kevin <ul><li>AIMS Improvements – Video Clip 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Have you seen any improvements in your grades or AIMS test scores? If so, what do you think has helped the most? </li></ul>
    19. 19. AIMS Gains <ul><li>Points Gain Rdg./ Score Points Gain Writing/ Score </li></ul><ul><li>1. +216 (448-664) +253 (413-666) </li></ul><ul><li>(Falls FB-Approaches) (Approaches-Approaches) </li></ul><ul><li>2. +61 (623-684) +39 (615-664) </li></ul><ul><li>(Falls Far Below-Meets) (Approaches-Approaches) </li></ul><ul><li>3. +170 (483-653) +116 (510-626) </li></ul><ul><li>(Approaches-Approaches) (meets-Approaches) </li></ul><ul><li>(3rd grade-10th grade scores) (3rd grade-10th grade scores) </li></ul><ul><li>4. +131 (507-638) +112 (588-700) </li></ul><ul><li>(Meets-Approaches) (meets-meets) </li></ul><ul><li>5. +204 (457-661) +110 (532-642) </li></ul><ul><li>(Approaches-Approaches) (Meets-Approaches) </li></ul>
    20. 20. Points Gain Rdg./ Score Points Gain Writing/ Score <ul><li>6. -1 (631-630) +56 (591-647) </li></ul><ul><li>(Approaches-Approaches) (Falls FB-Approaches) </li></ul><ul><li>7. +42 (642-684) +58 (642-700) </li></ul><ul><li>(Approaches-Meets) (Approaches-Meets) </li></ul><ul><li>8. +283 (381-664) +253 (427-680) </li></ul><ul><li>(Falls FB-Approaches) (Approaches-Meets) </li></ul><ul><li>9. +210 (465-675) +196 (499-695) </li></ul><ul><li>(Approaches-Meets) (Approaches-Meets) </li></ul><ul><li>10. +289 (402-691) +259 (358-617) </li></ul><ul><li>(Falls FB-Meets) (Falls FB-Meets) </li></ul><ul><li>11. +14 (669-683) +25 (675-700) </li></ul><ul><li>(Approaches-Meets) (Approaches-Meets) </li></ul>
    21. 21. College Preparation <ul><li>Info. Sessions: SALT & UA admission procedures </li></ul><ul><li>SALT Tours </li></ul><ul><li>SALT Shadow Days </li></ul><ul><li>3 hosted, 1 per semester High school students paired with SALT students Attended 2 U of A classes Followed by a discussion of the differences between college & high school </li></ul>
    22. 22. Student Evaluations of Program Video assessment Students in Video: Angel, Jake, Zach, & Kevin <ul><li>College Bound – Video Clip 4 </li></ul><ul><li>What did you think college was like before SALT started visiting your school? Before this year, did you see yourself ever becoming a college student? Had you made any plans for college? </li></ul><ul><li>At this point, do you have any plans for going to college? Has this changed since the beginning of the year? What details about college life and academics have you learned from your experiences with SALT? </li></ul>
    23. 23. Student Success Stories <ul><li>15 students participated in at least 1 component of program during ‘05 – ‘06 </li></ul><ul><li>23 students participated in at least 1 component of program during ‘06 – ‘07 </li></ul><ul><li>5 seniors in program during 2005 – 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>All graduated on time </li></ul><ul><li>All went on to pursue post-secondary education </li></ul>
    24. 24. Student Successes <ul><li>Significant decrease in absences </li></ul><ul><li>Tremendous improvement in academic many students went from failing multiple classes to passing all classes </li></ul><ul><li>Many students made the Honor Roll </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in self-esteem/ decrease in frustration </li></ul>
    25. 25. Future of SALT High School Connection <ul><li>Program ongoing at Catalina High School </li></ul><ul><li>Shadow Days </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Presentations with mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Tours </li></ul>
    26. 26. Making the Connection <ul><li>Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas for creating similar programs in your community </li></ul>