ERIC Number: ED349494
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Operation Rescue. Final Report.
McKee, Neena; Crawford, Georgette
The Operation Rescue project was designed to develop a classroom setting for the delivery of comprehensive educational services to "at risk" young adolescents. The classroom was established as part of the pre-existing Jonesboro Alternative School, and it utilized the basic academic and social program developed by this entity over 12 years of work with older dropouts and potential dropouts. Those accepted into the program were students who had been identified as "at risk" in their normal junior high and upper elementary school classrooms. The Operation Rescue population was composed of a majority of 14- and 15-year-olds who were referred for serious academic underachievement, serious behavioral problems, or both. Working with this population required particular skills; staff needed to be capable of structuring the classroom and of being in good control of both their feelings and of the students' behaviors so as not to escalate with individual students or with the group. The program that was developed is, in general, a duplication of a functional family. The staff characteristics, combined with some specific learning activities and a general classroom atmosphere, have created a program which can successfully address the educational and developmental needs of many children from highly dysfunctional families. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Jonesboro School District 1, AR.