High School Invests in Students Most at Risk

posted Mar 7, 2013, 12:24 PM by Katelyn Lamb
Kankakee High School in Kankakee SD 111 is addressing the over-use of suspension and alternative school placements by adopting wraparound-based Rehabilitation, Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work (RENEW) for their students most at risk. The ISTAC Educational Environment (EE) Demonstration process provides support for implementation of RENEW with the goal of decreasing drop out and placement in restrictive settings for students with disabilities. A district leadership team, including high school leaders, meets quarterly to guide the EE Demonstration and its expansion to a greater number of students who need this highly individualized support.  
  • Fifteen high school staff have completed RENEW training with nine of these staff currently facilitating RENEW plans for 14 high school students. 
  • Faculty facilitating RENEW plans include deans, special education teachers, and general education teachers.
  • Six youth began RENEW last school year, received support through the summer, and are continuing this school year.  
  • Eight additional youth have recently begun the RENEW process.