Title

The Impact of Teacher/Student Relationships on Student Dropout Decisions of African American Males

Location

Scarbrough 2

Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Strand #2

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

This proposal speaks to the importance of social and emotional relationships between and among teachers and students and the impact of these relationships on the future academic and life decisions of African American males. When students feel no connection to the teacher or content, student learning and achievement suffer. Students become uninterested in learning and often withdraw from school mentally, academically, and physically by the sophomore and junior years.

Brief Program Description

Disengagement from school usually starts in elementary school is perpetuated throughout middle and high school and eventually leads to dropout.

The presentation consists of interviews of African American males who were asked to recall their middle school teacher/student relationships.. They shared the impact of those relationships on their school performance and future school and life decisions.

Summary

This session will be very interactive as educators manipulate the research, data, and needed tools to understand the complexities of at-risk students. The target audience will include all educators for this presentation. However, all stakeholders are needed to make this vision a reality.

Participants will receive a brief description of the background information and research as the opening.

The work session will include real life scenarios of student behaviors and academic habits and academic practices of classroom teachers that contribute to student apathy.

The closing will include presentations from the participants and final words from the presenters.

Evidence

Participants will hear real-life student success stories, design strategies for cultivating the right kinds of relationships with all students, and walk away feeling empowered to begin or continue the process of establishing needed relationships with diverse students. They will also receive professional learning tips to take back to the faculty and staff of their schools.

This presentation is grounded in the research and strategies of Brophy and Goode, Payne, Wingfield, Bill Gates Foundation, Darling-Hammond, and others in the field of education and research.

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Ms. Baugh is currently an assistant principal and mentor for troubled girls (The Ladies of Excellence). She has served as a long-term substitute teacher, teaching assistant, elementary school teacher, middle school teacher, and instructional coach. Ms. Baugh has served on school improvement teams for the Georgia Department of Education, received several grants to improve classroom teaching, and was a Teacher-of-the-Year finalist for Richmond County Schools in 2008-2009.

Ms. Cadle began her career in Richmond County Schools in 2003 after leaving the Youth Development Center as an instructor, She has taught English Language Arts and Social Studies to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and was chosen as Teacher of the Year for her school in 2008-2009. She is currently serving as an instructional coach for middle grades teachers and students. She is an independent book editor and conducts seminars for troubled girls and boys.

Keyword Descriptors

teacher/student relationships, social and emotional aspects of teaching, at-risk students' needs

Presentation Year

2016

Start Date

3-9-2016 11:15 AM

End Date

3-9-2016 12:30 PM

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The Impact of Teacher/Student Relationships on Student Dropout Decisions of African American Males

Scarbrough 2

Disengagement from school usually starts in elementary school is perpetuated throughout middle and high school and eventually leads to dropout.

The presentation consists of interviews of African American males who were asked to recall their middle school teacher/student relationships.. They shared the impact of those relationships on their school performance and future school and life decisions.