IDT Newsletter

December 2014

R.A.C.E. in IDT

The IDT program is incentive based. At the end of every group session, clients reflect on their behavior and progress toward their goals.

We encourage students to reflect using the language in R.A.C.E. Students explain how their behavior was respectful, achieving, cooperative and engaging in each aspect of group that day; Recreation, Processing, and Skills. After their reflection, students and staff discuss whether they earned an A, B, or C for the day. In this way, our clients reflect on their progress toward the overall goal for all students in IDT (this goal was outlined in the last newsletter).

*Next semester, reflections will be re-formatted to focus on clients' individual goals rather than the overall goal.

Grades earn students a Daily Incentive:

A= Snack and Water Bottle

B= Snack or Water Bottle

C= No Snack or Water Bottle today

*ISR time during IDT= C

*Unexcused Absence= C

Grades also earn students punches on their RACE punch cards:

A= 4 punches

B= 2 punches

C= 0 punches

Staff averages students' daily grades to determine their weekly total:

A= Friday Incentive

B= Required Conferencing with staff during part of Friday Incentive

C= Required Conferencing with staff during the entire Friday Incentive

Staff averages students' weekly grades to determine their 9 weeks total:

A= 9 Weeks Field Trip Incentive

B= Conferencing and 9 Weeks Field Trip Incentive

C= Conferencing and No Field Trip

*For our first 9 weeks Field Trip we were pretty lenient. In the future, attendance and missing school work will factor into whether or not students may participate in the 9 weeks Field Trip no matter what their grade is in IDT.


All semester, students in IDT have been developing their life stories. They have been provided with activities that have helped them reflect on their life experiences, perspectives, and the impact that the choices they make have on their story and the world around them.

Every week in December, students will get to hear from special guest speakers who will share their own life stories with them. These guest speakers will be focusing on their own experiences with mental health, how they have overcome challenges, found supports, and are now making a difference in their spheres of influence.

This month, we will also be providing students with the opportunity to create a physical representation (written summary, poem, piece of art, poster, etc.) of their life stories that they will get to share with the group!

Interesting Reads

Article on "10 Rhetorical Questions to Stop Using in the Classroom":

Article on "Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset: Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up":