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NATIONAL ACHIEVERS SOCIETY

“Empowering today’s youth to be tomorrow’s leaders through education, personal, and social awareness, raising the level of consciousness to make responsible and well-informed decisions for life.”

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The National Achievers Society (NAS) promotes the importance of academic skills, cultural enrichment, career readiness, and the exposure of higher education. Linking Common Core and Expended Learning, achievers at the Urban League will participate in the following activities:

Activity for academic skills development

  • Tutoring (math, reading, science and technology)

  • Social/Academic seminars (Toastmasters, academic self-management skills)

Academic Seminar is a 30/45 minute daily session during tutoring hour designed to address school work behaviors for middle and high school students at risk of poor school outcomes. The meeting session targets self-advocacy skills, and academic self-management skills.

Its purpose

  • To teach organizational and academic self- management skills

  • To provide assistance for homework completion

  • Increase positive adult interactions

  • Increase academic and social skills success

Identification of student participants

  • Student who is failing classes due to missing or incomplete class work

  • 2-3 Office Discipline Referrals

  • Teacher referral

  • Guidance counselor referrals

Intervention procedures

What the student do:

  • Attend academic seminar class, on time, every day

  • Complete assignments according to instructions

What the teacher does:

  • Orients students to classroom routines

  • Teach academic self-management

  • Provides support for homework completion daily

  • Communicates with classroom teacher about student progress.

  • Help increase the instructional experiences in day to day classroom encounters

  • Improve academic engagement to build student fluency in academic self-management

Collect data to monitor students’

  • Academic Seminar teacher is responsible for updating students learning activities daily

  • Evaluate student academic behavior daily

  • Guideline for concern (decline in grades, office discipline referrals, attendance and points)

  • All data to be updated once every 48 hours

Activity for cultural enrichment

  • MLK Jr. Day Parade

  • Black History Month Activities

  • Fundraising activities

  • Community service activities

Activity for career awareness

  • Career fairs

  • Job shadowing experiences (EPB)

  • Peer tutoring and mentoring

Activity to increased exposure of higher education

  • Educational conferences

  • ACT/SAT preparation/workshop

  • Academic and social seminars

  • College prep workshops

  • Financial aid workshops

  • College tours

  • Infinite Scholars fair

Expectation

Maintain an average of ‘B’, or a 3.0 GPA in both academics and conduct

Attend the National Achievers Society’s monthly activity meetings

Attend tutoring sessions

Academic seminars

According to decades of research, Middle and high school students identified as having academic or social behaviors that put them at risk of not graduating have a difficult task ahead. A great deal rests on their ability to successfully earn a diploma. Increased rates of unemployment, criminal involvement, greater health problems and dependence on welfare and other public assistance programs are among some of the significant risks associated with the failure to earn a high school diploma (Rumberger, 2001). Unfortunately, there is a strong relationship between academic failure and problem behaviors (Roeser & Eccles, 2002) and students who struggle with both academic and social behaviors are much more likely to drop out of school than their peers (Allensworth & Easton, 20065; Jerald, 2006). Addressing social behavior without supporting academic success is often ineffective.

Procedures: The Academic Seminar intervention includes lesson plans on skills that are relevant across all content areas and have application in the real world, post-secondary education and the work place:

  • Interacting with Teachers

  • Acknowledging Help

  • Request for Feedback

  • Asking “Good” Questions

  • Asking for Help

  • Planner use and maintenance

  • Notebook organization

  • writing of a Graduation Plan

  • Goal setting for academic and social behaviors

  • Tracking progress

  • Test taking

  • Study strategies

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