Students At-RiskA definition: Any student who demonstrateswarning signs or tendencies that couldjeopardize their ability to finish high schoolor who run a serious risk of not meetingbasic skills required for independent living.
Who is At-Risk:Every child is exposed to At-Riskelements capable of jeopardizingtheir future.
Lack of Basic NeedsNeeds such as food, clothing, shelter, limited exposure, and safety may jeopardize a student’s ability to function in an academic setting.
Social InfluencesCircumstances relating to a child’s social setting and relationships, resulting in negative factors such as peer pressure, drug and alcohol use, pregnancy.
Language and cultural obstaclesStudents who have been assimilated into a new environment where language and culture differ significantly from their original point of origin.
Specific Circumstances in the homeDivorce, death, remarriage, change in living situations, economic status, will inevitably have an impact on a student.
Learning disabilities/medical conditionsStudents who have academic discrepancies that affect skill development and grade level competencies are inherently at-risk, as well as those students who have limitations based on a chronic medical condition.
Learned patternsStudents that, for whatever the reason,have developed a learned helplessness,usually supported by other individualswho have enabled this behavior.
Looking at the whole individual Academic skills Physiological Factors Behavioral Factors Student Social Influences Family Factors Cultural and Environmental Factors Historical Data
Strengths vs. Limitations Academic skills Physiological Factors Behavioral Factors StrengthsSocial Influences Family Factors Limitations Cultural and Environmental Factors Historical Data
We come into the World Our personality traits and aptitudes are already formed We face our environment Needs are not met Needs are metOur interests, values, and Our interests, values, andIntelligences are hindered Intelligences develop Remain in a state We move toward a state of Dependence of Independence
Strategies for working with At-Risk1. Individualized Attention (unconditional positive regard)2. Interest-based material3. Differential Instruction4. Authentic assessments5. Reality theory plan of action (SST’s)6. Support intervention services (Counseling, tutoring, mentoring, special programs)