School-Based Efforts: A Plan to Support At-Risk Youth

| October 26, 2015

This assignment is an opportunity for you to apply what you learned from this week’s discussions in a relevant way based on your own preferred area of focus. In this assignment, you will look through the lens of a particular professional role that you either have related experience in or intend to take in an anticipated professional practice. The roles to select from relate to one or more professions that are integral to assisting children and families at risk. Assuming the role of the professional you have identified, your task in this assignment is to prepare a professional presentation for a diverse group of professionals, such as school principals or district administrators, social service providers or community outreach providers, medical professionals, and other related service providers.

Using the information gleaned from the two discussions this week and the National Center for School Engagement website, as well as the three articles listed under Required Resources as supporting research, you will prepare a professional presentation with the purpose of informing participants of facts pertaining to youth at risk as it relates to student academic success. Additionally, your goal is to not only bring awareness to the forefront regarding truancy, parental involvement, special education and more, but to show the relationship each group of professionals has to the subject of academic success for students at risk—the role they play in contributing to that success. Moreover, the presentation offers an opportunity for the various professionals to collaborate in an effort to problem-solve or devise potential solutions to any of the specific areas identified as being problematic. Your presentation will be included in the Week Six Final Project and should include enhancements based on the feedback gained from its evaluation during Week Four.

Create your assignment using the content and written communication instructions below. Use the Grading Rubric to review your assignment before submission to ensure you have met the distinguished performance for each of the components described below. For additional assistance, review the Week Four Instructor Guidance page and, if needed, contact the instructor for further clarifications using the Ask Your Instructor discussion. Additionally, this assignment will be added to your website.

Content Instructions
Use the presentation software of your choice or consider one of the recommendations in the Recommended Resources for Week Four. Submit your presentation for evaluation to the Week Four Assignment location and upload it as an attachment or link to your Students at Risk page in your website.
Introduction (1 points): Create an introduction that states the role you have assumed, the audience your presentation is for, and the purpose of the presentation.
Youth At Risk (3 points): Present at least eight indicators (examples) of youth at risk, such as those shared by,, those listed as Recommended Resources, or others discussed during Weeks One thru Four of this course, citing the National Center for School Engagement website and at least one additional scholarly source. Students with learning disabilities must be included as one of the eight indicators.
Effects and Implications (2 point): Present seven-to-eight behaviors associated with being at-risk and three potential short- and long-term implications of these behaviors on a student’s ability to achieve academic success. Cite the National Center for School Engagement website and at least one additional scholarly source.
Solutions – Create a Framework (2 points): Present three points related to the school’s role in establishing youth development philosophies, such as approaches for creating a positive school climate that encouraging positive relationships between adults and youth and professional to professional. Cite the National Center for School Engagement website and at least one additional scholarly source.
Solutions: Integrating a Framework (2 points): Present what schools can do specifically to integrate the framework with staff, community, and parental support/involvement. Include a successful program, model, strategy, or approach to serve as an example of a potential solution. Cite the National Center for School Engagement website, the source of your example, and at least one additional scholarly source.
Participant Activity (2 points): Construct an engaging activity that encourages the audience for the presentation to provide feedback regarding their own respective, potential role in supporting a school’s efforts to create and integrate a framework for students at risk, that encourages ideas for potential solutions, and states how participants will interact, collaborate, and share ideas to all in attendance.
Slide Design (1 points): Seven-to-ten slides that use relevant graphics, sound, and/or animation that assist in presenting the overall main point. Slides have a consistent theme, format, and font that augment the readability of the presentation.

Written Communication Instructions
Syntax and Mechanics (1 point): Display meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors and is very easy to understand.
Source Requirement (1 points): Utilize at least two additional scholarly sources in addition to the National Center for School Engagement website and required articles. All sources on the references page need to be used and cited correctly within the body of the assignmentCite the website for the school district you evaluated.
I decided to do the Cumberland County School System in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The website is:
Describe at least one school- or district-level program, model, or approach showcased regarding parental involvement, truancy, reengagement supports or strategies, or youth development.
A program that I came across in this school system is called the Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program. This program is for students that are gifted academically and intellectually and may require more advanced teachings than the ordinary. These students have the ability to learn faster. This program provides an educational environment that is designed to provide tools for social and emotional needs. This program works with the school system to provide differentiated instruction.
Discuss how the school district’s special education mission statement either supports or differs from what was observed from the state’s special education mission.
The school district’s special education mission statement supports the state’s special education mission because they both strive to ready students to be able to function in society physically, socially, and emotionally. Both also utilize Individualized education programs or IEPs.
Cumberland County Schools Mission:
“The mission of special education in Cumberland County Schools is to provide high quality educational services to students with disabilities by implementing Individualized Education Programs (IEP), utilizing research and standards-based interventions, instruction, and assessments in the least restrictive environment with the goal of preparing students to become productive, responsible members of their community,” (CCS, 2015).
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Mission:
“The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to ensure that students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized education program in the least restrictive environment,” (NCDPI, 2015).
Share an example of a program or policy from the district or a particular school that supports what was stated in the state’s website and explain how the program or policy aligns with that of the state’s positions or policies.
The Cumberland County School System has a program called Choice Programs. Choice programs is for parents to have a choice which school their child will attend. For example: A child may have a special interest in science. Most of the schools in Cumberland County have a special focus. For instance: Pine Forest High School is the school of Art. They will use art as a center for teaching different subjects.
Describe your impressions of the types and levels of supports offered in the school district, sharing something that impressed or surprised you as well as anything you found to be lacking from the supports offered.
I believed that since I have been out of school, a lot has changed. The support is greater than it was in the past. This is not surprising because I believe the teachers are just now getting the tools they need to help steer the students closer to success. I had an understanding while I was in school that the teachers were only able to do so much with what they had. But now since technology is playing a big part in learning, it seems as though there are more avenues that they are able to explore.
CCS. (2015). Exceptional Children’s Services. Retrieved October 22, 2015 from
NCDPI. (2015). Exceptional Children. Retrieved October 22, 2015 from
Share a minimum of three things you observed showing how teachers at Biotech Academy instigate and maintain student support and success. Be sure to consider what characteristics they have to have and what behaviors and practices they need to present to their students.

After watching the video, there were three things that I observed showing how teachers at Biotech Academy instigate and maintain student support and success. The first thing that I found was at the beginning of the video with the teachers having a conference with a student named Sarah. Sarah was failing from being absent for a month. Her teachers cared enough to want to support and help her find her way back to success by giving positive encouragement and plans and goals. The second thing that I observed was the teacher named Doug Schafer giving his interview. I felt that he instigated support and success by taking time out of his schedule to make sure students were doing well in their classes, making sure they were not skipping, and just being that authority figure that each child needs. Keith Field’s teachers were willing to use their lunch time to meet with him and his mom to speak about the “C” he received. They were able to speak freely between each of them.

Describe the impact collaboration between teachers, parents, and students has on student success as well as having a spirit of cooperation instead of competition between students.

Being able to get parents involved in their child’s success is something that is incredible because it does not always happen. Students need that support system. It is like the saying “ it takes a village to raise a child.” He teacher is a part of that village. When parents, teachers, and students are able to work together it creates something within the student that makes them want to do better and make goals. IT also promotes teamwork. It makes students want to help each other in succeeding.

Discuss two to three observations you made that show relevancy between Biotech Academy instruction ” supports and what students need in post-secondary education and employment. Be sure to address how having such relevancy for student learning impacts their ultimate success.

I believe that the same way that students that attend Biotech Academy receive the nonstop support and encouragement; students in post-secondary education and employment require the same thing to promote productivity and the need to want to be successful. I observed that the teachers did not speak down to the students at Biotech. I also observed the teachers asking for feedback as they were doing instruction.

Discuss how traditional school environments might learn from Biotech Academy and employ in their school culture so as to potentially increase graduation rates and matriculation to post-secondary education and employment for at-risk students.

I believe that traditional schools should also be extremely selective when hiring qualified teachers to work with students. Experience is not all that is needed. Teachers should be well-educated and really want to make a difference in the lives of children and young adults. Students can know when a teacher cares or not. They are able to pick up on that.
[Edutopia.] (October 1, 2003). Biotech Academy: A catalyst for change [Video file]. Retrieved from

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