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ERIC Number: EJ972303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Rallying behind At-Risk Freshmen
Frank, Nathan
Educational Leadership, v68 n7 p66-69 Apr 2011
As instructional coach at Spring Grove Area High School in Pennsylvania, the author realized that too many of the school's freshmen were becoming what one might call lost in transition; they never made it to their sophomore year. He joined with concerned teachers and counselors from the school and its feeder middle schools to create a freshman advocacy group and eventually a successful peer mentoring program. The program trains upperclassmen to serve as one-on-one mentors to freshmen identified as at risk for academic failure. Mentors also raise money to buy school supplies for all their at-risk peers, and mentors and mentees have come together to raise money for groups like Habitat for Humanity. After several false starts, the program is helping a majority of students it serves succeed in classes and transition successfully to their sophomore year.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania