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ERIC Number: ED497087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1094-6675
Individualized Goal Setting for At-Risk Students
Pincham, Linda
National Middle School Association (NJ3), Middle Ground v10 n1 p39-40 Aug 2006
Project PASS (Personal, Academic, Social Successes) is a goal-setting model that capitalizes on students' self-esteem and behavior and creates individual accountability for learning. The program was developed for a group of 15 at-risk eighth grade students in a school in the heart of urban Chicago. As part of Project PASS, students, parents, guardians, and an eighth grade teacher worked together to set goals for students' personal, academic, social, and study skills. The students developed a contract, and parents, guardians, and students worked on a goal-setting chart to delineate concrete ideas for setting and achieving their goals. A model like Project PASS works well with a small group of at-risk middle school students because the students establish their own goals and, as a result, they work more diligently to meet them. The students and their parents or guardians have a personal "buy in." Overall, the program proved a positive influence on the students, parents, guardians, and teachers. Recommendations for schools interested in implementing a similar project are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois