Many students in Minnesota don’t have access to reliable technology – making it difficult for them to complete schoolwork, apply for jobs and correspond with teachers, friends and employers. This leads to disconnected students and oftentimes causes them to disengage from school.
Gordon Parks High School (GPHS), an Alternative Learning Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, serves many students in a similar situation and wanted to send a strong message of support by helping them realize the importance of education and increase overall engagement.
To do this, Paul Creager, Curriculum & Media Arts Coordinator at GPHS, implemented a Positive Behavioral Intervention System (PBIS) in the spring of 2010 to reward students who maintained 80 percent or better attendance and excellent class performance during a nine-week period. The reward: a laptop from Minnesota Computers for Schools.
Click here to learn more about how MCFS and Gordon Parks High School are working together to encourage students to show up.