THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY OF THE OAKLAND UNIFIED SCHOOL
DISTRICT NEEDS TO BE:|
EVERY 2nd Grader Fluently adds and subtracts within 20 and Reads grade level text with purpose and understanding.
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THE LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM
We coach students through a process of developing techniques to get themselves under control and make their lives successful. We encourage them to judge their actions in the context of "winning" in life, and to focus on "what". What did you do, what do you wish you had done, and what specific action will you take to change the outcome.
We have been at Frick Middle School in East Oakland since mid-January doing our Life Skills program with four full time coaches. Suspensions and students being sent from the classroom for behavior problems has gone down. It's gone so well, we have reduced the number of Life Skills Coaches from four to three.
The program teaches students how to take responsibility for their success and gives them the time and mental space in which to succeed. (See THE LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM below)
On January 6, 2014, Bridge the Chasm started its Life Skills Program at Frick Middle School. Students who disrupt class are given a referral by their teacher and sent to the office. Most students are then sent to Bridge the Chasm for Life Skills, where there are coaches waiting to work with them.
The following analysis is based on 869 referrals given by teachers from January 6th (the first day back from Christmas break) through April 29th 2014. The referrals were given to 212 students, or 67% of the 315 students at Frick Middle school. Over 80% of students receiving referrals were seen by Bridge the Chasm.
The analysis centers around whether students seen by Bridge the Chasm are less likely to be referred over time. In the following analysis, students have been divided into four groups based on the month in which they first received a referral. So the group of students described as “January Students” received their first referral in January.
The following list shows the number of students, number of referrals and referrals per student for each group.January Students: 105 students, 613 referrals, 5.8 referrals per student
February Students: 54 students, 184 referrals, 3.4 referrals per student
March Students: 35 students, 52 referrals, 1.5 referrals per student
April Students: 18 students, 20 referrals, 1.1 referrals per student
The first two charts show the Number of Students receiving referrals by month and the Number of Referrals by month. Students seen in each group decrease over time. So while the number of students seen in February and March are basically the same, the students seen in March for the first time are balanced by the decrease in January and February Students. By the April the total number of students seen is the lowest of any month even though April has 18 students seen for the first time.
The next two charts show the students who return each month as a percent of how many came in the first month. On the left, the data is shown by calendar month. On the right, the data is shown by month by group.
Also analyzed were the number of referrals per day, using a rolling five day average. The first three charts show the number of referrals per day for each of the four groups. The last chart shows total referrals per day. Because of the decrease in total activity from February to March, we were able to reduce the number of Life Skills Coaches from four to three.