ERIC Number: ED291700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Picacho Junior High School Excellence Award: A Report to the Department of Education, December 1987.
Votaw, Bonnie L.
Picacho Junior High School serves a student population of 1,070 and is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The purpose of the project, developed as a result of the school excellence award, was to improve student motivation, attendance and achievement through dual activities: (1) enhancing teacher competency through a staff development plan using the Classroom Management Training Program; and (2) increasing parent contact with the school. Thirty of the school's 54-member faculty were trained in two groups, with the first group of teachers acting as trainers and subsequent coaches for the second group. The training focused on an integrated model of positive discipline and positive instruction. Explicit efforts were made to increase the number of contacts with parents, through phone calls from counselors, conferencing with teachers, and mailing of mid-term grade reporting information. As an outcome of the training, teachers, students and parents saw improvement in student motivation. Office referrals for discipline dropped an average of 28 percent during the period of time compared to the same period the previous year. Attendance rates for students remained virtually unchanged for the comparison times, but membership in the Honor Society increased by 47 percent. (Appendices making up more than half the document include survey forms and extensive training material samples). (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A