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CMS--Connecting the Dots!! Targeted Supports for MCV Students

Presentation Developed by:

Marina Leonidas, MSW

NAEHCY Conference

Atlanta, GA November 2013


  • Explain MCV History and Role in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS)

  • Share Aggregate MCV data

  • Showcase strategies that have successfully supported CMS MCV students

Where we have been…how did we get here?

CMS graduation rate rises to 81% !

CMS MCV Graduation rate 88% !!!


  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

    • 144,000 students in 160 schools

    • 53% of students are Economically Disadvantaged

    • 73 Title I Schools

  • McKinney-Vento Students

    • 2012-2013: 4,770 MCV students

    • 2011-2012: 4,922 MCV students

    • 2010-2011: 4,711 MCV students

    • 2009-2010: 4,453 MCV students

MCV in Charlotte-Mecklenburg

  • District Liaison

  • School Liaisons

  • Coordination with Transportation, Child Nutrition, Student Placement, Family/Community Services, International Center, Title I, School Health

  • Coordination with Community Resources/Agencies

  • MCV students identified in 98% of our schools

What We Know…

  • Homeless students are more likely to have physical, emotional, behavioral, and academic concerns.

    What We’ve Done…

  • Focus on the basic needs- physical, emotional, behavioral.

    What We’re Doing…

  • Continuing the above, with an increased focus on academic needs.

Many Titles: One Framework

  • National Model: Response to Intervention

  • North Carolina Model: Responsiveness to Instruction

  • CMS Model: Response to Instruction

  • Why the difference?

  • Intervention can be perceived as something only for exceptional children

  • Instruction ties the initiative to the academic and behavioral achievement of all students.

Targeted Assessments

& Support

Tertiary Instruction:

Specialized Individual

Supports for Students with High-Risk of Academic Failure

5% of Students


Secondary Instruction:

Specialized Groups for

Academic At-Risk

15% of Students

Primary Instruction:


Grade Level Instruction


All Students

80% of Students

What does RTI implementation look like?

Students receive high quality, research-based instruction by qualified staff in their general education setting.

General education instructors and staff assume an active role in students’ assessment in that curriculum.

School staff conduct universal screening of (a) academics and (b) behavior.

School staff implement specific, research-based interventions to address the student’s difficulties.

(MCV sensitive)


Why MCV Social Workers?

  • Schools with large MCV populations

  • Unique needs of MCV students

  • National data paints a sad picture

  • Targeted support to this group of students betters the overall school

  • Incorporate the physical, social, emotional, and academic needs

  • 9 MCV social workers serving 9 schools

Role of MCV Social Worker

  • General School Social Worker

    • Responsible for ENTIRE school

    • Focus on attendance, crisis and other critical issues

  • McKinney-Vento School Social Worker

    • Spotlight on MCV students and families (Targeted Supports-Tier 2)

    • Attendance and Transportation

    • Academic Challenges

    • Social/Emotional Needs

    • Family Needs Assessment

    • General School Support

MCV School Stability for Entire Year

Average MCV Daily Attendance

MCV Graduation Rate !!

CMS graduation rate 81% !

CMS MCV Graduation rate 88% !!!

District Connections

  • 9 MCV Social Workers-6 High schools, 2 K-8 schools (year round), 1 Elementary school

  • Trainings for all MCV Liaisons at every school

  • Intake Affidavit connects siblings at other schools (A Child’s Place assists with that also)

  • Services Fair-connects schools with community resources


Connecting the Dots!!

Academic Supports/Attendance

  • Meet with the student’s counselor

    A. Credit Check Review

    B. On or Off Track for 2010-2014 Cohort

    1. Credit Recovery

    2. Remedial Supports

    3. Twilight School

    4. N.C. Virtual Public School

Academic Supports/Attendance

  • Student/ Parent Conference

    A. GPA

    B. Credit Check Review/On or off-track for cohort

    C. Post High School Plans

    1. College/Community College

    a. SAT or ACT

    b. State or Private Institution

    c. FAFSA (Question #55)

    d. College Tours and College Supplies

    1. College/

Academic Supports/Attendance

2. World of Work

a. Resume workshops

b. Internships

c. Summer work programs

d. NC Vocational Rehab Program

3. Military

a. ASVAB exam

b. Recruiters

Family Engagement

  • PTSA (provide FOOD for meetings!)

    Different types of fund raising to get more people involved.

  • Websites, Social media, Connect Ed-radio announcer assisting for one group

  • Transportation and Bus passes

Trainings and Family Fun Nights

Talent Shows

Love and Logic

Game Night

Parent Prom

         Parent University is a community collaborative led by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to help parents become full partners in their children’s education. CMS partners with community agencies and organizations to offer free courses, family events and activities that will equip families with new or additional skills, knowledge, resources and confidence.


Community Resources & Referrals

    

National Organizations

Federal & Stage Agencies

Local Agencies & Special Interest Groups

Guardian Angels

…any others?

Resource Management

  • Restrictions and requirements to participate in programs

  • Eligibility vs. Ineligibility

  • Which referral at which time…

  • And…who is in control?

“Once a person is determined to help themselves, there is nothing that can stop them.”

- Nelson Mandela

The MCV Social Worker Difference

  • Increased need of resource allocation

  • Need is often beyond Food, Clothing & Basic Shelter

  • Increased contact with families

  • Mental health support & referrals – sometimes modeling

  • Overall planning and assisting parents/teachers & staff/communities

  • Monitoring: follow-up, level of use


  • One of the greatest challenges is assisting families to regain or, for some, gain stability

  • What are the family’s goals? Based on statement and actions – sometimes they do not match

  • Some things are beyond their circumstances/abilities… or for the best

  • We can be those eyes of healing AND recognizing movement and change – even when families find themselves “back where they started”


  • Explored a large Urban school district’s program

  • Alignment with RtI framework

  • Successful strategies that have supported MCV students in various school settings. (K-12)

Presenter Information

Dearsley Vernon, Title I Specialist

[email protected]

Patrice Webb-Bush, MCV Social Worker

[email protected]

Vanessa Eichman, MCV Social Worker

[email protected]

Juanita Gatewood, MCV Social Worker

[email protected]

Marina Leonidas, MCV Social Worker

[email protected]

Audrey Robinson, MCV Social Worker

[email protected]

Karen Worrell, MCV Social Worker

[email protected]

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