Approved Practices for Educational Talent Search Programs

Newly Added to Directory:  Peer Coaching Handbook.  Alpena Community College (Alpena, MI) (approved Administrative Practice 10/31/16).  Taken from the abstract: Research suggests that coaching programs can improve the academic performance and persistence of students.  It has been determined that students who have a sense of belonging are more likely to stay in school and be successful.  The main goal of the TTS Peer Coaching program is to create the sense of belonging and assist new TRiO Talent Search students to successfully adapt to the numerous academic, career, social, and personal issues that accompany being a successful student.

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Academic Improvement Plan.  Alpena Community College (Alpena, MI) (approved Promising Practice 11/1/15).  Taken from the abstract:  The Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) is one component of the Educational Talent Search (ETS) program’s approach to improving academic success for students.  This system is implemented when a student is identified through placement on academic probation by the school.  The ETS staff and student work together to complete a review of academic concerns and reasons for difficulty, assessment of personal barriers, examination of academic goals, examination of career goals, development of a detailed academic action plan (identifies specific obstacles, two solutions for each, and completion dates), and additional recommendations for academic success.  The student and ETS advisor sign the AIP plan.

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Summer Enrichment Program Curriculum for Middle School Students.  Wichita State University (KS)  (approved Promising Practice 9/25/13)  Taken from the abstract:  "The Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is designed to assist students in improving learning skills and provide college awareness while they develop a sense of achievement by knowledge and motivation.  The goals of the SEP is to 1) prepare students for postsecondary education; 2) improve students' attitudes toward learning and education in general; and 3) reduce learning loss that some students experience during summer vacation.  Research has shown that students' skills and knowledge often deteriorate during the summer months, with low-income students facing the largest losses. Instruction during the summer has the potential to stop these losses and propel students toward higher achievement." 

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