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Keys to Academy Success
Your TE21 trainers were surveyed to determine the “Keys to Academy Success” in their schools. Here is what they had to say about their successful schools:
Elementary Keys to Academy Success
- They make Academy a part of their school culture. EVERYONE in the building knows the goals and objectives for the program. They all support the process for intervention.
- All of our schools who are meeting the weekly goals have motivating incentive plans that stay current. Teachers are updating their incentive plans as their students face new challenges in the program. Teachers are rewarding students for skill mastery and progress.
- Program consistency! Time on task and skill mastery are key! Many schools are able to maintain some level of program usage during school testing windows. This has helped tremendously with progress numbers.
- Principal and/or Interventionist are directly involved with the implementation. They are monitoring data closely and encouraging not only the students, but the teacher(s) as well.
- Students are taking ownership of their progress. They have daily/weekly goals set for skill mastery. They know how many more skills they have to master to reach each of their goals. Data boards are displayed and kept up to date.
Secondary Keys to Academy Success
- Dedicated and motivated Academy teachers who only have the job of succeeding with Academy.
- There are single subject teachers in place which allow the teachers to split class sizes into manageable groups of 15 students or fewer per teacher. This helps with classroom management, student motivation and provides better teacher coaching support to struggling students.
- The administration support and flexibility to adjust schedules around testing. This also includes allowing extra pullout time for students who are not progressing, ensuring that classes always meet at some point in the day and progress is made during that time.
- Daily, weekly, and periodic special incentives are in full use.
- Good to excellent classroom management and a very positive attitude with the students when they succeed.