The mission of the High School Graduation Coach is to ensure the successful transition of all students from high school into post-secondary education or competitive employment.
This initiative is designed to provide a comprehensive prevention/intervention program for students at-risk of grade retention and/or dropping out.
The role of the graduation coach is to identify students in need of additional support and work with them to achieve academic success.
The coach will work to ensure that all identified students receive the resources/services that they need to be guided toward the path of graduation.
The coach will work with students at Venture Academy, Platt High School, and Maloney High School.
GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The High School Graduation Coach will perform the following duties in cooperation with, and under the direction of the school administration at the two high schools and Venture Academy.
Utilize a profile of risk factors, in collaboration with the Guidance Departments and FSL Team, to identify high school students at risk of dropping out.
These factors include:
History of school failure, retention, and/or overage for grade;
Low CAPT scores
Behavioral problems, history of suspensions, high-risk peer group;
Disengagement from school, low expectations, lack of extracurricular involvement;
Family status or risk factors: economically disadvantaged, high mobility, non-native English speakers.
Establishes and maintains purposeful relationships with students and parents. Assists students in
developing appropriate goals and implementing strategies for removing barriers to graduation.
Assist in developing school-wide support and interventions for students:
Develops instructional plans for recovering lost credits for at-risk students;
Work with faculty and administrators to develop credit recovery and alternative options for graduation completion;
Provide training and/or support to high school teachers on support measures that work with youth identified as at risk of not graduating.
Serve as a conduit for other support services, including the FSL Team, that can assist the student and/or family.
Communicate effectively within the educational community and with parents/families for the support of the student.
Assist with required school graduation/dropout reporting.
Utilize early warning indicators to identify middle and high school students who are most at risk of not graduating.
Develop a "Graduation Team" to meet and discuss identified students that minimally includes an administrator, two teachers, a counselor and/or school social worker or a representative from a local support or mentoring agency.
Track the progress of individual and subpopulations of students as they progress toward graduation.
Performs all other duties as assigned by the school administration.
Successful experiences working with at-risk students preferred
Working knowledge of appropriate strategies for reducing behaviors that put students at risk of not graduating from high school
Ability to communicate effectively with youth and adults
Ability to analyze, develop, implement, and track intervention plans and strategies;
Knowledge of and the ability to analyze data
An understanding of the multiplicity of social services and agencies available in the community to support students at risk of not graduating
Knowledge of alternative education opportunities (e.g. Adult Education, Credit Recovery)
$35,000 - $39,250 - commensurate with experience
Health and dental benefits
190 working days
15 sick days, 3 personal
Meriden Public Schools - 20 months ago