Thursday, October 17, 2013

Call for Middle School and High School Mentoring: State Law

This is a useful guideline for middle school and high school mentoring programs. 

Building the relationship first is helpful before proceeding with the suggestions below.  

Section 244.1.1 Mentorship Programs to Reduce Drop-out Rates. (70 O.S. § 1210-527)   

A. The State Department of Education shall encourage school boards and districts to develop mentorship programs aimed at reducing drop-out rates. The goal of these programs shall be to identify middle school and high school students who are at risk for leaving school before they obtain their high school diploma and providing these students with comprehensive prevention and intervention programs.

B. Mentors should work with identified students to assist in the following:

1. Transitioning from middle school to high school;

2. Creation of personal graduation plans;

3. Counseling of students on the consequences of dropping out;

4. Beginning career exploration with students at an earlier age;

5. Informing parents and students regarding the impact of middle school grades on high school placement and achievement;

6. Providing students with guidance in selecting courses; and

7. Providing students with tutoring and extra academic assistance as needed.

Ret. 10-11-13

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