ERIC Number: ED366858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-30
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Decreasing Alternative Placement for At-Risk Students at the Secondary Level.
Everett, Paul J.
This practicum was designed to decrease the number of at-risk high school students who were being transferred to alternative school sites because of disruptive behavior. One strategy implemented for this project involved having the program participants stay in one class all day while the teachers came into the classroom to teach their particular subject area. The second phase of the program involved 15 former student mentors who were attending the local community college. Each mentor was assigned a student and scheduled to meet at least 5 hours a week with the student. Weekly individual and group counseling were provided to the at-risk students. Parents of the students were contacted by telephone to discuss their child's progress during weekly counseling sessions and were also offered evening hours to meet with the counselor. The program resulted in a significant decrease in the number of students transferred to alternative placements. The objectives of the program focused on addressing the needs of the students rather than on punitive aspects of their behavior. Students improved behavior and academic performance in the classroom. Only a small percentage of the students were transferred. The mentoring component of the program appeared to be directly responsible for a considerable degree of the success of the program. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.