Agency Partnerships Expand Advanced Tiers Implementation

posted Mar 7, 2013, 12:36 PM by Katelyn Lamb
Elgin High School in SD U-46 has established partnerships with community agencies to expand intervention options for more students.  During 2011-12, over 9% (227) of students were supported by Check-in Check-out (CICO).  Of these students, 150 are also participating in seven different social skills instructional groups led by a clinician from Hanover Township Youth and Family Services.  The Tier 2 Systems team, inclusive of agency members, monitors effectiveness of interventions with weekly progress cards.  Data review by the collaborative team, including the student perception survey, is guiding implementation, including the addition of group-based mentoring with embedded skill instruction.  Improved communications between deans and facilitators is an additional focus area.  Likewise, agency partnerships are being expanded to provide individualized interventions for students with more complex mental health needs.  In addition, community agencies provided information to families during a recent Community Expo, as well as at parent teacher conferences.