ERIC Number: ED337830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
RE-FOCUS Program--Redefine Efforts: Focus on Change under Supervision. (A Support Program for Students and Teachers).
Elliot, W. L.
The RE-FOCUS Program at Ruskin High School in Kansas City, Missouri, helps at-risk students to redefine their efforts in social behavior and academic success. When inappropriate behavior occurs and the classroom teacher needs assistance, the student is taken out of his/her regular school environment and assigned in the RE-FOCUS room. The program, an alternative to out-of-school suspension and traditional in-school suspension, keeps the student in the home school, yet not involved in the school's social environment. Seven teachers, a different one each hour, supervise the RE-FOCUS room. Each hour and day, teachers give instruction to students on their social behavior, why they were assigned and how they can correct their behavior. The second part of the hour, the student works on academic subjects with the assistance of the supervising teacher. In addition, the student's regular teachers are encouraged to stop by the REFOCUS room to encourage the student. To help insure positive reinforcement for the student, negative statements are not used in the RE-FOCUS room. Academic success is promoted by teaching appropriate social skills through planned teaching, effective praise and social skills teaching techniques. Students can be assigned to RE-FOCUS for 1 to 7 hours or for a maximum of 10 days, but are encouraged to appeal their stay after the 3-day minimum. During the program, supervising teachers, regular teachers, and administrators are responsible for documenting the students' progress. (Attachments include an hourly study schedule, a point total sheet, a daily attendance form, a social skills curriculum, a disciplinary report, and RE-FOCUS assignment sheets.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students
Authoring Institution: Hickman Mills Consolidated School District 1, Kansas City, MO.