Engaging Students Who are At Risk through Instruction to Address Gaps in Academic Skills and Accelerate Learning

Event Date

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 2:45PM EDT


Engaging Students Who are At Risk Through Instruction To Address Gaps in Academic Skills and Accelerate Learning, is the third in the NDTAC's 2012–13 Webinar series, Tailoring Academic and Behavioral Support Services for Youth.

NDTAC Director Simon Gonsoulin opened the Webinar with an overview of NDTAC’s work and the context for this series of Webinars. Nicholas Read, NDTAC technical assistance liaison, then reviewed NDTAC’s Practice Guide and the practices and strategies directed to addressing gaps in academic skills, accelerating learning, and engaging students through instruction.

Dr. Lindy Khan, academic administrator of educational services, and Lynn Mackey, director of student services, both with the Contra Costa County (California) Office of Education, presented examples of these practices and strategies. Dr. Kahn and Ms. Mackey discussed how they have worked to address the academic needs of youth in juvenile justice facilities and those returning to community schools by enhancing student engagement. Specifically, they discussed the success of the Contra Costa County Court School Program in the context of fiscal crises, a changing political landscape, and new legislation affecting education services provided to youth in the juvenile justice system. They also highlighted Contra Costa County’s Young Offenders Treatment Program, an innovative response by the county Probation Department and its partners to develop a comprehensive program of evidence-based academic and related supports for serious and/or repeat youthful offenders as they prepared to transition back to school.     

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