ERIC Number: ED330974
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Teachers Achieving Success with Kids (TASK): A Teacher-Student Mentorship Program for At-Risk Students.
The Teachers Achieving Success with Kids (TASK) mentorship program was designed to improve the attendance, discipline, academic achievement and attitudes of at-risk students attending an urban middle school. In order to develop positive relationships, 25 teacher-student pairs met each day away from the classroom setting and engaged in one hour weekly sessions. Weekly progress reports were completed by teachers which evaluated the student's attendance, discipline and academic progress. Teachers and TASK coordinators met bi-weekly. An attitudinal survey was completed by the target group before and after the program. Results indicated that there had been a significant improvement in attendance, discipline and academic achievement among the targeted population, as well as a positive change in attitudes about school. It was concluded that the teacher-student relationship had a profound affect on the student performance and attitudes about school. TASK principles could be applied to any school where the need for teacher student mentorships exist from elementary school through high school. Appendices include the student and teacher survey instruments, and analyses of attendance, discipline, academic achievement, and attitudinal changes among the target population. (Author/BHK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Classroom Environment, Discipline, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, High Risk Students, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Mentors, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Student Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. practicum, Nova University.