TEA BPC Webinar #2-2:
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s Focus on Middle/High School Interventions to Support At-Risk Students in Completing High School
In this webinar, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD staff discussed middle school and early high school intervention strategies targeting students at risk of dropping out, as well as efforts to help recover students who had already dropped out of school (see the district's Best Practice Summary available on the BPC website). Strategies used by the district reflect research-based best practices identified in both national and state studies (see, for example, Dynarski, Clarke, Cobb, Finn, Rumberger, & Smink, 2008; TEA, 2008).
These strategies included:
- Providing supplemental academic support and coursework tailored for struggling students, including: Geometry and Algebra labs, TAKS workshops in mathematics and science, and reading support and academic skills courses.
- Building school-community collaborations to reach out to students who are at-risk or have dropped out of school, including: a Compulsory Attendance Program in partnership with the county district attorney’s office, a Reach Out to Dropouts Walk, and coordination with other area agencies.
- Assigning staff mentors to meet with students regularly, develop caring relationships, and provide ongoing support, advocacy, and monitoring.
- Offering flexible academic options that address barriers to attending school through the district’s alternative high school.
To view the webinar, please visit http://www.teabpc.org/Webinars.aspx.