ERIC Number: ED314858
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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The Saturday Alternative: A Program for At-Risk Youth.
Cooley, Van E.; Thompson, Jay C., Jr.
The Saturday School Alternative for at-risk students provides educators with a realistic framework, time, and community resources to help resolve almost any student problem encountered. Based on effective schools research, the program is no panacea but a realistic attempt to modify student behavior by providing experiences that will build a positive self-concept. The Saturday Alternative does not attempt to circumvent existing discipline policies or to allow students an unreasonable number of chances. The Saturday School curriculum is an integral model component and can be expanded to address drug abuse education, conflict resolution, study habit development, and other concerns. The intervention program has nine components: (1) diagnosis and assessment of student behavior problems; (2) rigid study environment; (3) reality contact with successful business people; (4) completion of a worksheet; (5) completion of a behavior contract; (6) follow-up counseling; (7) "Operation Success" opportunities; (8) recognition and positive reinforcement; and (9) evaluation and program modification. Inservice education for teachers and for business and community leaders involved in the reality contact phase is essential. Saturday supervisors and counselors must be instructed in desired program procedures and outcomes. Effective parenting classes may also be held regularly. The Saturday Alternative may not be the solution for all school systems; the model does treat the causes of student misbehavior through first creating a data base and then providing students with a support system to monitor and correct problem behavior. A model diagram is appended. (MLH)
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