Caring Consistent Adults


  • Community Partnerships Helping Students in School

    Learn how Harrison High School in Evansville, IN is using community partnerships to support students in this video from American Graduate Day 2013. Reconnecting Youth is a nonprofit organization that helps bring social workers into schools. High school students often need help balancing school, work and their social lives. Social workers help students improve their time management and communication skills. When students feel more connected to school, they begin to see how they fit in and how they can contribute to their communities. Use the resources in the Support Materials section below to help students improve their communication skills.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Parent Outreach and a Longer School Year Strengthens a School District

    Investigate how Balsz School District in Phoenix, AZ has used a longer school year, better instruction, and parent outreach programs to improve learning in this video from American Graduate Day 2013. To prepare students for school, the district implemented early childhood programs so students could improve their English and become familiar with school routines. The school year was lengthened, and teachers revised curricula. Parent coaching, immigration, and finance outreach programs have helped parents better support their children. See the Support Materials section for resources you can use to increase parent engagement in your school.

    Grades: 13+
  • TED Talks Education: "Build Relationships with Your Students."

    “We’re educators. We’re born to make a difference,” says Rita Pierson, who has spent 40 very dedicated years as an educator. The difference she refers to is not only helping students learn, but being a positive force in their lives. In her TED Talk, she calls on teachers to build relationships with their students, no matter how challenging that may be. Pierson shares examples of gestures large and small to bolster students’ self-esteem, down to how she marked a quiz that a student had failed.

    Grades: 13+
  • Eduardo's Story: Street Life Intervention | The Graduates Film Module

    This film module spotlights Eduardo's story, and how he is breaking the cycle of gang involvement through mentoring.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Mentor

    Learn how a mentor helped a high-school student make choices about college, giving the student an early start on a future career.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Real Men Read

    Reading Specialist Marilu Bicknell in Glassboro, NJ was concerned by statistics showing that young boys are more interested in sports than books, so she created a literacy program to foster a love of reading among male students. Bicknell created the Real Men Read Literacy Project at the Thomas E. Bowe Elementary School in Glassboro. The program consists of regular breakfasts with men in the community (including alumni, the town's mayor, athletes, school janitors) and an afterschool book club for boys to explore various book genres with their peers.

    Grades: 13+
  • K6 Buddies

    Sixth graders at Ft. Lee’s School No. 4 in New Jersey buddy with kindergartners for activities once a month. The kindergarten and sixth grade teachers collaborate to determine what projects the buddies will work on together. Each month, the sixth grade buddies write about the experience in a journal and the kindergarteners illustrate the entry. The K6 Buddies program was started six years ago by a school counselor who wanted to increase student engagement at School No. 4.

    Grades: 13+
  • Promoting Leadership in Students

    Learn about how empowerment organizations like Banister Leadership Academy are helping African-American young men in this clip from American Graduate Day 2014. The Banister Leadership Academy in Omaha, Nebraska helps African-American young men in their community. Before Byron started the leadership program, he was just getting by in school and was using drugs. But mentors at Banister Leadership Academy helped him set high expectations for himself. Now, Byron is excited to continue his education and motivated to give back to his community.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Supporting Students and Giving Them Second Chances

    Learn how mentors from GearUp helped a student in trouble turn his life around in this clip from American Graduate Day 2014. Hector grew up in a tough neighborhood, and was frequently in trouble himself until he started working with Emily Johnson, a mentor from GearUp. But despite having the support of a mentor and his coaches, Hector still did not believe in himself, and was arrested in high school. Hector had a transformative experience at Anytown camp and resolved to put more effort into school and achieving his goals. He now acts as an ambassador for GearUp and works to inspire young people.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Role Models and Mentors | Women & Girls in the Criminal Justice System | Lesson 7

    In this lesson, students consider what a good mentor looks like and what possibilities exist for themselves and other at-risk girls to be role models. At the end of the lesson, they will be asked to find a mentor and complete a culminating lesson that integrates learning points from the entire curriculum. The value of mentoring is emerging as a major, if not crucial, advantage in overcoming adversity and reaching one’s full potential. Mentoring organizations are expanding their reach throughout the country with the support of major foundations and the federal government.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Math Teach In

    In this video, Newark New Jersey's Marion P. Thomas Charter School hosts their annual Math Teach In, where eighth grade students spend the evening teaching their parents math concepts. This educational event serves as an outlet for the students to showcase what they've learned throughout the year and helps students to better retain the information. Math coach Patricia Harris uses the event to help eighth graders review for New Jersey's statewide assessment, the NJASK test.

    Grades: 13+
  • Discussion Guide | 180 Days: Hartsville

    Use this discussion guide to foster a collaborative, constructive dialogue arount clips from the series 180 Days: Hartsville. This discussion guide offers background literature and sources, follow-up questions and conversation points, and an outline on how to best develop a call to action after viewing the program.

    Grades: 13+
  • Project Team

    Students from elementary through high school in Stafford, NJ participate in anti-bullying programs designed to increase self-esteem and promote compassion. At Southern Regional High School, students in the Student Team-Building Youth Leadership Experience (S.T.Y.L.E.) program teach students at Ocean Acres Elementary School about helping others, positive behavior, problem solving, resiliency, and leadership. One second grade teacher said that in the two years the initiatives have been in place, he has seen his students become less ego-centric and more compassionate.

    Grades: 13+
  • Rashon's Family | 180 Days: Hartsville

    Single mother Monay and her sons deal with the realities of living in a low-income single parent family in Hartsville, SC.
    Grades: 9-13+
  • Boys Scouts | 180 Days: Hartsville

    Rashon is a member of his schools Boys Scout troop and it seems to keep him out of trouble, for the most part - here teachers discuss the benefits and difficulties of this.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Roles of School Leaders | 180 Days: Hartsville

    School Superintendent Dr. Ingraham takes some time to discuss with Hartsville school district educators some of his priorities and what makes a good school leader.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Mr. Brown | 180 Days: Hartsville

    Where do role models come from? What effect does it have on a young Black boy to have a young male teacher who looks like him, early in his schooling? Mr. Brown connects with his students.

    Grades: 9-13+

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