School Improvement Plans
Jessica Conway, Vicki Ketter, Nick Burns
Good After-school programs IMPROVE Attendance!
- Provides socialization
- Re-establishes the link between effort and results
- Provides consistent contact with caring, stable adults
- Increases the sense of belonging at school
How Could We Make it Work?
Students see after-school programs as punishment, right?
- Use the library, PAC, gym, etc...
- Make it fun! Gaming (Jones), sports, music, movies, computer access
Even if the program does not revolve 100% around education, are we still making an impact and increasing attendance?
School Wide Incentives-How to Make Them Work!
Short-term incentives needed (each six weeks period)!
- Ice cream/pizza parties, prize drawings, etc., based on progress monitoring, attendance, discipline, etc...
- Don't wait until the end of the year to reward students!
- Each six weeks, give the students a "clean slate."
Can we afford a little bit of time out of the classroom? YES! If it motivates students to reach these goals, it is a positive use of time.
Daunting State Testing...Why can't it be FUN?
Watch their faces next time testing rolls around...it's like marching to their death!
- Have pep rallies before state testing-give them a reason to get excited
- Each grade come up with team names and logos (could be done in elective classes)
- Decorate the testing hallways (student/parent posters, streamers)
- Pump them up as they come down the hall
- Have parent volunteers bring snacks, treats, etc...
- Make students become involved in the recognized rating, instilling a sense of school pride
- Visibly compete with other schools--Battle of the Bell, testing style??