Why It Works

Win/Win:

  • engages pre-adolescents

2014 Building A Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending The High School Dropout Epidemic report recognizes that the middle grades are pivotal years when significant numbers of students begin to fall off track to high school graduation.

  • focuses on the ABCs

Researchers identify as early indicators of high school completion Attendance, Behavior, and Course performance

  • develops skills not often taught in the classroom

Effort, citizenship, collaboration, goal setting and resilience are needed for success in school, and in life. Developing social and emotional skills in students shows promise in closing the achievement gaps based on race and income.

  • provides schools with a framework for improving school culture and climate

Research also shows that a caring and supportive environment within the school walls is important to keep students engaged in their studies and on track for graduation.

  • offers teachers tools to create caring relationships with students

Professional Development on providing intentional, focused, communication supports teachers, as they strive to personalize their relationships.