A teacher looks down at her list of students and sighs. Her district had just given her a new task: A social-emotional “check in” with every student, every day.
“It’s not that I don’t want to do it,” she says. “I believe 100 percent in social emotional support. I try to bake it into everything I do as a teacher. But now I have to track it, and I’m teaching both in-person and online right now. I don’t know when I’m ever going to get this done.”
Teachers, school counselors, and even other staff members who are being redeployed in their roles can commiserate. They’ve all been given the task of connecting with students — checking on their social, emotional and academic health — in tremendously challenging circumstances. In many cases, they’ve been handed the responsibility of locating students who aren’t meeting attendance goals, either in-person or online.
Graduation Alliance can help. Even before the current global health crisis, as re-engagement experts we were a trusted partner for school districts who needed support in engaging students who were experiencing chronic absenteeism. Over the past year, however, we’ve been called upon by districts and state departments of education to serve tens of thousands of additional students, providing comprehensive attendance recovery, dropout recovery, social-emotional services, and multiple layers of support.
And our network of academic coaches keeps meticulous records — available to teachers, counselors and administrators via a FERPA-compliant portal — ensuring not only that vital record-keeping gets done, but also that it reflects genuine effort and successful interventions.
Click here to read one of our most recent case studies with how we helped the state of New Mexico with additional layers of support through a program called ENGAGE.
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