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ERIC Number: EJ836312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
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Benigni, Mark D.; Moylan, Maureen
Principal Leadership, v9 n8 p22-27 Apr 2009
This article discusses the Berlin (Connecticut) High School's NET (Non-Traditional Educational Training) program. NET is a self-contained program that is composed of three components: academics, social and emotional support, and vocational training. Rather than treat students alike, the NET program tailors their high school experience to meet their needs. Berlin has found that the best way to engage disinterested students is to provide vocational education, give them choices, and make them players in the decision-making process. The academic component of the program enables students to earn credits toward graduation in a supportive, personalized classroom environment. Class sizes are smaller, averaging three to six students per class. Class times are staggered to meet the individual needs of the students, and credits accrue on a monthly basis. The social emotional component of the program gives students the opportunity to take responsibility for their emotional well-being and success through the use of behavior modification. Each student's behavior is monitored and tracked daily and weekly. The vocational training component requires students to participate in a vocational education class where they learn about the needs and demands of the workforce. They also have the opportunity to work at a variety of job sites to gain practical employment experience (and a school stipend) while earning academic credit. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut