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Learning, Individualized Needs, Knowledge and Skills<br />L I N K S <br />
The purpose of the LINKS Advisement Program is to advance student learning, success, and development in a proactive, delib...
LINKS provides a curriculum that will bridge the gap between what is taught in the core curriculum and the skills necessar...
Academic Development<br />Self-Knowledge<br />School Success Skills<br />Areas Addressed by L I N K S <br />
Career Planning<br />Life Skills<br />Work Ethic<br />Areas Addressed by L I N K S <br />
At least 6,500 students drop out of high school each year<br />Nearly 7,000 youth appear before a judge or probation offic...
<ul><li>Only 77 of every 100 9th graders in West Virginia earn a high school diploma
Only 15 of these graduates earn a four year degree within six years of graduation</li></ul>Why Our Students Need L I N K S...
West Virginia is #1 state in prescription drug use and is increasing in use of illegal drugs annually<br />West Virginia e...
Provide a consistent advocate for each student in the school<br />Promote collaboration and cooperation among all staff me...
Help each student identify and address his/her unique academic, career and personal/social needs<br />Address specific sch...
Help each student feel connected to school and the community.<br />Develop a team of stakeholders who encourage each stude...
Faculty are informed and prepared to work with all students<br />School attendance is improved<br />Expected Outcomes of L...
Behavior problems are reduced<br />Achievement (grades and test scores) is improved<br />Drop-out rates are lower <br />Ex...
Career planning is facilitated<br />Students are better prepared for the workforce<br />Expected Outcomes of L I N K S<br />
Valley High School’s Academic Advisory Program began approximately 20 years ago with the School-to-Work movement<br />Mrs....
Valley High School teachers worked together at grade levels to develop appropriate activities based on the needs of their ...
Over  the years, the county programs have been combined, revised, and adapted to develop what the state now calls the LINK...
Along with our homeroom advisors we decided what issues to focus on with each grade level<br />We then formulated notebook...
Our teachers have full access to lessons, activities and other resources that require little or no planning on their part<...
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I was asked my principal to prepare a presentation about our LINKS program for out board of education. Coming up with 20 slides seemed like a lot at first but quickly filled up.

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L I N K S

  1. 1. Learning, Individualized Needs, Knowledge and Skills<br />L I N K S <br />
  2. 2. The purpose of the LINKS Advisement Program is to advance student learning, success, and development in a proactive, deliberate, developmental manner by establishing a personal relationship with at least one caring adult who serves as an advocate for the student<br />What Is The Purpose of L I N K S?<br />
  3. 3. LINKS provides a curriculum that will bridge the gap between what is taught in the core curriculum and the skills necessary for success in school and in the work place by addressing six major skills areas:<br />What Does L I N K S Provide ?<br />
  4. 4. Academic Development<br />Self-Knowledge<br />School Success Skills<br />Areas Addressed by L I N K S <br />
  5. 5. Career Planning<br />Life Skills<br />Work Ethic<br />Areas Addressed by L I N K S <br />
  6. 6. At least 6,500 students drop out of high school each year<br />Nearly 7,000 youth appear before a judge or probation officer every year<br />Why Our Students Need L I N K S <br />
  7. 7. <ul><li>Only 77 of every 100 9th graders in West Virginia earn a high school diploma
  8. 8. Only 15 of these graduates earn a four year degree within six years of graduation</li></ul>Why Our Students Need L I N K S <br />
  9. 9. West Virginia is #1 state in prescription drug use and is increasing in use of illegal drugs annually<br />West Virginia employers report that West Virginia graduates do not have adequate work place readiness skills<br />West Virginia has the highest out-migration and the lowest in-migration in the nation<br />Why Our Students Need L I N K S <br />
  10. 10. Provide a consistent advocate for each student in the school<br />Promote collaboration and cooperation among all staff members to help students with academic, career and personal/social needs<br />Goals of LINKS<br />
  11. 11. Help each student identify and address his/her unique academic, career and personal/social needs<br />Address specific school needs to help promote a positive and safe school climate<br />Goals of LINKS<br />
  12. 12. Help each student feel connected to school and the community.<br />Develop a team of stakeholders who encourage each student to progress and succeed<br />Provide a way to consistently deliver content standards and guidance curriculum for every student<br />Goals of L I N K S<br />
  13. 13. Faculty are informed and prepared to work with all students<br />School attendance is improved<br />Expected Outcomes of L I N K S<br />
  14. 14. Behavior problems are reduced<br />Achievement (grades and test scores) is improved<br />Drop-out rates are lower <br />Expected Outcomes of L I N K S<br />
  15. 15. Career planning is facilitated<br />Students are better prepared for the workforce<br />Expected Outcomes of L I N K S<br />
  16. 16. Valley High School’s Academic Advisory Program began approximately 20 years ago with the School-to-Work movement<br />Mrs. Terry Glover was the county office contact for the program and she directed each school to develop a program to fit their individual needs<br />Valley has consistently used the A/A period since that time<br />Valley High School and A/A<br />
  17. 17. Valley High School teachers worked together at grade levels to develop appropriate activities based on the needs of their students and recommendations from the state. <br />Valley High School used programs from other counties as guidelines to formulate our A/A program<br />Hampshire County’s plan was a favorite among the staff<br />Valley High School and A/A<br />
  18. 18. Over the years, the county programs have been combined, revised, and adapted to develop what the state now calls the LINKS (Learning, Individual Needs, Knowledge, and Skills) program<br />Valley High School’s Academic Advisory program was one of the main programs used for the new model<br />From Academic Advisory to L I N K S<br />
  19. 19. Along with our homeroom advisors we decided what issues to focus on with each grade level<br />We then formulated notebooks that combined lessons from our A/A program and the L I N K S program<br />Valley High School and L I N K S<br />
  20. 20. Our teachers have full access to lessons, activities and other resources that require little or no planning on their part<br />Having the lessons prepared ahead of time by the building coordinator and counselor leaves teachers with more time to focus on the students rather than the planning of A/A<br />Valley High School and L I N K S<br />
  21. 21. Three times a month our homeroom teachers are working with students to address the academic, social, and career aspects of student life<br />Valley High School and L I N K S<br />

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