In June, 2015 myself and a few others from the PBS team at the High School attended the MO SW-PBS Summer Training Institute in Tan-Tar-A. One of the presentations was done by Reed Springs High School in which they talked about their tier 1 and tier 2 interventions. One of the interventions was their D.R.A.F.T. This is a way to track student progress and assign points to students based on grade, attendance, disciplinary criteria. Teachers would “draft” students who they needed to see for one reason or another during their “study hall” time. This student would then be required to report to that teacher during a specified period of time. They also provided incentives for students who maintained good standing in grades, attendance, discipline, etc. How the incentives worked is that students in grades 9-12 would have an ID (Gold or Silver) that must be worn during privilege time (PT). Bronze card students would not have a PT ID for that 3 week period. Gold status would be given to any student with all grades being at an A or B, no discipline problems and 95% attendance for the 3 week grading period. These students would then have 4 days of PT (M,T,W,F) in limited locations (gym, commons, library, etc) and would have a reduced technology filter. Silver status would be given to any student with all grades at an A, B or C and no discipline problems for the 3 weeks. These students would have 2 days of PT (M,F). Bronze status would be given to any student with a D or lower and/or have discipline problems for the 3 week grading period. These students would have no PT and would have 4 days of DRAFT time. Any student could choose to be drafted if they needed to.
They used a Google Doc to do the tracking with students listed by grade level on 4 different tabs and a drop down menu to show a student’s incentive status (gold, silver, bronze). They utilized a team concept to, as they put it, “make everyone a part of something bigger than themselves.” The school was broken up into 4 teacher/student teams and the teams earned points for the incentive status of their students: Gold = 2 points, Silver = 1 point, Bronze = 0 points. Teams earned these points for each student at the end of a predetermined cycle. Points were also awarded to teachers who had students that moved up in the points category. They, then, had a team champion every quarter and an overall winner at the end of the year.
This year, we piloted the draft portion of the program only for freshmen and it went really well. Many more students got the help they needed from their teachers and teachers were better able to meet the needs of specific students. Next year we plan to attempt the draft with the entire student body.
We also piloted the incentive portion with all students. Our interventions coach, Christen Everett would pull the data and compile a google sheet, color coding the students who achieved gold or silver status. She would then send it out in an email to the whole staff and ELT teachers would release students with gold status to the gym for free time instead of study hall 2 times per week. Students with silver status would be released only once per week. The majority of students really took advantage of the free time and valued the incentives. We plan to continue this incentives program next year as well.
Post by: Melissa Quint | High School Social Studies Teacher
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