Title

Effective Use of a Graduation Coach and Student Support Teams to Reduce Dropouts and Increase Graduation Rates.

First Presenter's Institution

Guilford County Public Schools

Second Presenter's Institution

N/A

Third Presenter's Institution

N/A

Fourth Presenter's Institution

N/A

Fifth Presenter's Institution

N/A

Location

Session 7 (Scarbrough 5)

Strand #1

Social & Emotional Skills

Strand #2

Family & Community

Relevance

The purpose of the Graduation Coach position and the use of teams is to ensure at risk students and parents have the one on one support and wrap around support they desperately need to help them navigate their middle and high school experience. This approach directly speaks to the social and emotional needs of the students and parents; as well as the academic needs. We have found this approach to foster and strengthen family engagement and support, which speaks directly to the 5th STRAND.

Brief Program Description

Learn how to utilize a Graduation Coach position and create teams of invested staff members to reduce drop out risk at middle and high school levels. This session will give you specific tools and practices to use with your teams that address attendance, grades, behavior and psycho-social concerns with students and parents. Through a PowerPoint presentation, attendees will see strong data as well as hear from team members about their role and being a valued member of their respective teams. Eric Rainey is a Graduation Coach and integral member of several teams at an urban high school with a consistent dropout rate less than 1% and graduation rate over 90%; he will discuss in detail his role as a Graduation Coach over the last 13 years and its impact on his school as well as the multiple benefits of the team approach.

Summary

This presentation will describe effective ways to utilize a Graduation Coach position and create teams of invested staff members to reduce drop out risk at middle and high school levels. This session will give you specific tools and practices to use with your teams that address attendance, grades, behavior and psycho-social concerns with students and parents. Through a PowerPoint presentation, attendees will see strong data as well as hear from team members about their role and being a valued member of their respective teams. Eric Rainey is a Graduation Coach and integral member of several teams at an urban high school with a consistent dropout rate less than 1% and graduation rate over 90%; he will discuss in detail his role as a Graduation Coach over the last 13 years and its impact on his school as well as the multiple benefits of the team approach.

Evidence

Here is supporting data that supports the use of a Graduation Coach and Teaming to address reluctant or at risk youth; as well as the entire student body: (both implemented 07-08 school year)

Dropout Rates

18-19 1.01% 20th day count 1595 17 dropouts

17-18 0.682% 20th day count 1601 11 dropouts

16-17 0,866 % 20th day count 1601 14 dropouts

15-16 0.908% 20th day count 1527 14 dropouts

14-15 0.82% 20th day count 1530 13 dropouts

13-14 0.87% 20th day count 1466 12 dropouts

12-13 1.15% 20th day count 1465 17 dropouts

11-12 1.51% 20th day count 1431 22 dropouts

10-11 1.886% 20th day count 1404 27 dropouts

09-10 2.36% 20th day count 1404 38 dropouts

08-09 2.86% 20th day count 1440 41 dropouts

07-08 3.01% 20th day count 1398 50 dropouts

Graduation Rates:

17-18 95.2%

16-17 95.5%

15-16 95%

14-15 96%

13-14 95.7%

11-12 92.7%

12-13 92.1%

Attendance Rate:

18-19 95.67% (4//8/19 to date)

17-18 95.54%

16-17 95.36%

15-16 95.92%

Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Eric Rainey has been a Graduation Coach at Southwest Guilford High School since 2007, which is a large urban high school (1,597 students) that operates in the third largest school district in the state of North Carolina. In this role he has helped Southwest reach the highs of a 96% graduation rate for the 2014-2015 school year, which led to recognition from the Piedmont Triad Education Consortium as being one of the top schools in the state. Mr. Rainey also played a vital role in the school's all time low drop out rate of 0.82% for the same school year.

Presentation Year

March 2020

Start Date

3-10-2020 2:45 PM

End Date

3-10-2020 4:00 PM

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Effective Use of a Graduation Coach and Student Support Teams to Reduce Dropouts and Increase Graduation Rates.

Session 7 (Scarbrough 5)

Learn how to utilize a Graduation Coach position and create teams of invested staff members to reduce drop out risk at middle and high school levels. This session will give you specific tools and practices to use with your teams that address attendance, grades, behavior and psycho-social concerns with students and parents. Through a PowerPoint presentation, attendees will see strong data as well as hear from team members about their role and being a valued member of their respective teams. Eric Rainey is a Graduation Coach and integral member of several teams at an urban high school with a consistent dropout rate less than 1% and graduation rate over 90%; he will discuss in detail his role as a Graduation Coach over the last 13 years and its impact on his school as well as the multiple benefits of the team approach.