One success story is about a current second grade student. Ana* came into 1st grade last year at OP on a pre-reading level (which is typically the level students enter at in Kindergarten). She is an EL student and her parents came into school concerned about her learning. Ana had never received additional supports at her previous school; however, at OnePurpose she entered into academic intervention immediately and began making progress. After a year of intervention, relationship building with her family, and self-confidence building for Ana through social skill groups, we are excited to report that she is now on grade level and is exited from her intervention groups.
Another success story is about a 1st grade student who started at OP in Kindergarten. During this time, all teachers were trained on trauma-informed education and learned different strategies to support students in the classroom. Brandon* was able to maintain his academics in class, however, at times became easily frustrated and would respond to this frustration by putting his hands on other students and/or running out of the classroom leading to many office referrals. In Kindergarten he had a star chart, which we found was helpful, however, we continued to notice behavior. As a team, we strategically placed him his 1st grade classroom and provided him with tickets that he could use throughout the day to take breaks. His teacher utilized PBIS strategies in class by setting clear expectations. Brandon knew what to expect in his classroom. She also built a strong relationship with Brandon and his mom. At this time, we are happy to report that Brandon continues to remain on grade level and does not use his break cards anymore. He has not had an office referral since September. He would rather be in his classroom community and “not miss out”.
Feel free to come by and check out how Unconditional Education and OnePurpose School are working together to make these success stories possible. We have safe created a space for students to have ownership and success within their own school experiences.
Anne Shibley, Unconditional Education Coach