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Bettering Tier 1 Student Behaviors at MLK Jr. Middle School

When asked how to characterize Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, teachers Jessica Hedley and Kelly McManus beam that students and fellow staff make each day special. “Everyone works so hard and encourages each other to succeed,” they say. Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, MLK Jr. is a Title 1 school with a diverse student population. And the story of how they’ve gotten to the place where they are today, where progress is unfolding daily, isn’t your typical “school improvement” story. In many ways, MLK Jr. is the kind of school many dream to work at or attend. With the help of strong leadership – “we have a wonderful principal” the teachers say – and plenty of community partners, volunteers, and parent involvement, the...

written May 22, 2019 by Jessica Mitchell

Sarasota High: Student Success Starts with Getting Students In Class

Over the course of a year, change has been unfolding at Sarasota High School in Sarasota, Florida. School administrators are dedicated to the success of their students. And they’re doing what it takes to help students succeed – which, especially this year, has boiled down to attendance and getting students where they need to be to learn. At Sarasota High, Assistant Principal Becky Moyer is particularly focused on student accomplishments. As an educator, seeing what students ultimately overcome, year after year, is what motivates her day in and day out. And in some ways, it’s why she became an AP after 10 years teaching math in middle and high school. “I wanted to make a difference on a schoolwide level,” she says, adding “I...

written April 1, 2019 by Autumn Miller

Attendance Transformation at Rutherford High

It’s been a rough year for Rutherford High School in Panama City, FL. They were greatly impacted by Hurricane Michael when it hit the panhandle in the fall of 2018, bringing hardship and uncertainties to the community. Despite these trials, the educators and leadership team at Rutherford High have banded together to rally around doing what they can for their students, and something truly special has happened as a result. Andrea Banks is an Assistant Principal at Rutherford High School who has always had a passion for students. She says she was “that troubled kid.” But some special people in her life encouraged her, which in turn made her want to give back to students, empowering them to become the best versions of themselves....

written March 11, 2019 by Jessica Mitchell

The Cascading Effects of Chronic Absenteeism

By now, the link between chronic absenteeism and academic outcomes is clear. In study after study, researchers have shown that when students miss school, they are more likely to fall behind academically or even drop out. And while the research has been critical to identifying the link between academics and chronic absenteeism, the story doesn’t end there. Educators on the frontlines are seeing all other kinds of other ways chronic absenteeism is hurting our school environments, beyond academics. Absenteeism is having cascading, negative effects, and in our own customer community Homeroom, some of the influential educators we work with outlined these growing problems. Here are the cascading effects of chronic absenteeism that educators are finding most concerning: When chronically absent students do come back...

written February 20, 2019 by Jessica Mitchell

4 Warning Signs a Student Will Struggle with Attendance

Attendance can have serious implications for academic outcomes. Time and again, research has shown when students aren’t in school, the likelihood they’ll succeed academically drops severely. By 3rd grade, poor attendance can influence whether or not a student can read at grade level. And by 6th grade, excessive absenteeism is a leading influence on whether or not a student will drop out. This tie to academics – and the fact that chronic absenteeism numbers continue to grow each year – is why the federal government has labeled chronic absenteeism a national crisis. We as a nation need to get students back in class. We need to reduce chronic absenteeism, yes. But any seasoned educator will remind us that truancy behaviors do not begin the...

written January 30, 2019 by Autumn Miller

Walker Middle: Helping students navigate when expectations are high

An academically rigorous school is using positive behavior reinforcement to develop outstanding students. It almost goes without saying that middle school can be an emotionally trying time for many students. But the middle school years can also be considered formative years, where character traits can be molded and model citizens can be formed. That’s what essentially has kept Technology Resource Teacher Jennifer Brown at Walker Middle Magnet School in the Tampa-area town of Odessa, FL for the last 13 years. Walker Middle Magnet is an International Baccalaureate© (IB) school that serves students in grades six, seven, and eight. And character-building is a core component of the IB program. Known for rigorous academics and a focus on “Whole Child” development, IB for students, like other...

written January 14, 2019 by Autumn Miller

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