Graduate GREAT provides students in grades 3rd to 8th, social and educational programming in the manner of a participatory enrichment course of study and training before, during and/or after school that supports and develops excellence. Graduate GREAT utilizes “Blooms Taxonomy Model”, allowing students to reach their full social and educational potential.
(RECEIVED DURING SCHOOL YEAR ONLY)
School Board Members
Magistrate Court Judge
Children Youth and Families (CYF)
Students must attend the identified partnering School within Allegheny and Westmoreland County
Students must be enrolled in grades 3rd through 8th
Students will be enrolled into the program quarterly as needed to support a Cohort Learning Model of 12-15 participants
Schools looking for support in the areas of Character Development and Academic Enrichment to improve student achievements
Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone. That's a student every 26 seconds - or 7,000 a day. About 25% of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time. The U.S., which has some of the highest drop-out rates of any developed country, now ranks 22nd out of 27 developed countries. (https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-high-school-dropout-rates). Nationwide, black students graduated at a rate of 69% ; Hispanics graduated at 73%; whites graduated at a rate of 86% creating a disproportion among graduating students. (http://www.governing.com/gov-data/education-data/state-high-school-graduation-rates-by-race-ethnicity.html). Graduate GREAT aims to increase graduation rates but offering school connected programming that allows students to reach their full social and educational potential.
Graduate GREAT will prepare students to:
Improve educationally, physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally in stride with the demonstration of positive adolescent behavior
Process through direct methods of coaching, teaching and facilitation that is self-reflective and self-sustained once programming has ended
Reach their academic, social and leadership potential through which the individual progresses as a part of normal development
Enhance their life-learning skills through one-on-one and/or group engagement activities with additional school connections and supports
Engage in a process of attending school daily and becoming life-long learners
All engagements and activities will provide Leadership, Opportunity, Voice, Empowerment and Education (L.O.V.E.)
Blooms Taxonomy: The framework consisting of six major categories: Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation with Knowledge being the precursor to the following “skills and abilities”.
Youth Responsibility Act: Inspired by The Happiness Institute and Professor Martin Seligman’s study of positive emotions and "Signature Strengths," The Youth Responsibility Act was developed to provide youth, ages 8-18, tools for for self-expression. Participants utilize written, verbal, visual and technological mediums to express their life experiences, with the intent to positively impact their psychological well-being and interpersonal relationships.
Youth Social Competence Survey (Pre-Post Testing): This scale measures youths’ awareness, knowledge, and investment in helping to improve themselves and others. Responsible Choices emphasizes good behavior, hard work, personal responsibility, and fairness. (Responsible Choices Scale. This is a subscale of the Youth Assets Survey (Oman, Vesley, McLeroy, et al., 2002, Civic Responsibility Survey (Furco, Muller, & Ammon, 1998)
SMART Plan: An action plan that identifies goals that are: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based.
(LIST OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS CURRENTLY PARTICIPATING IN THE GRADUATE GREAT PROGRAM)
Pittsburgh Public School District
West Mifflin School District
Steel Valley School District
Chartiers Valley School District
Jeanette School District
Penn Hills Entrepreneurial Charter School
Propel Charter Schools