In my EDL 610 course, which is Visionary Leadership, we are working on building and assessing school culture. This is meant to be a reflection on the idea of a welcoming school culture and include responses to a series of guided prompts. Those prompts are:
No - failure is not a regular option and experience for scholars at AAS. Our team is dedicated and committed to ensuring the success of our scholars, and we have groups of teams who provide various levels of support.
We have a number of supports set-up at AAS. In addition to teachers, we have a counseling team, special education team, and advising team. We have also developed resources for our learning coaches through our Learning Coach Lounge initiative. We also have two (2) new positions this year: Scholar Engagement Coordinator and Scholar Intervention Coordinator. One could actually view the intervention position as a success position, as this individual is dedicated to creating pesonalized support systems for those scholars who need it.
We do not have a condition where it is too late to learn. Many of our scholars come in credit deficient, and our teams have resources to assist these scholars. We are also looking at options for credit recovery, such as summer school, in the near future.
As the school leader of AAS, I am proud to say we already have a 'never too late to learn' structure. We work hard to understand the needs of our scholars, and provide supports for these scholars. It is not too late, at any point, to learn and grow with AAS.
The biggest commitment is on continuing to support our scholars. We will always ensure there are resources to support scholars, from staffing, to systems. We are reviewing options for summer school and credit recovery. We are looking at ways to strengthen Learning Labs and Q&A sessions. We are also looking at how to enhance our Study Hall component to our truancy system. I will always be open to new and creative ideas to support scholars, from staff, to scholars, to parents, to peers. Everyone should and can be successful at AAS.
J.J. Lewis - a blog sharing the journey throughout SDSU's MA.EL. program.