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high school 101 authors
High School 101 Authors
  • Chad Foster is a nationally-acclaimed speaker and the

author of two best-selling books/curricula, Teenagers Preparing for the Real World and Financial Literacy for Teens. Chad’s books have been read by more than one million students and his project-based curricula are used in 4,500 classrooms nationwide. This entrepreneur is credited with developing and marketing the soft, rubber playground surface seen at McDonald’s restaurants worldwide. Chad also hosted, for eight years, his own television show, Fly Fishing America, seen on ESPN.

  • Dr. Mike Hall is a former classroom teacher, coach, high school principal, and Deputy Superintendent for the

Georgia Dept. of Education. In 2003, Dr. Hall was

recognized by the Blue Ribbon Schools as one of the

top 10 high school principals in the nation and his school, Houston County High, was selected as the most advanced school in America for technology integration.


People Skills


Communication Skills

Business Savvy

21st Century Skils and High School Transition

Time Management

Test Taking/Study Skills


Technology Literacy

Personal Learning Styles

Financial Literacy


The Fundamental Question

Will your students be prepared…

or just educated?

what is needed
What is Needed??
  • A resource that prepares students to succeed today in the classroom as well as tomorrow in the workplace.
national statistic
National Statistic

For every 100 students who enter the 9th grade:

  • 67 graduate from high school
  • 38 of those go on to some college or university
  • 12 of those 38 leave after year one
  • 26 remain in college
  • 15-18 actually graduate with a 2 or4-year degree

Source: Teacher Magazine - 2004

Career Exploration / Preparation

Public Speaking Listening Skills

Questioning Skills

Written Communication

Reading Comprehension

Time Management Skills

Study Skills

Test Taking Skills

Networking Skills

People Skills

Learning Styles

Technology Skills (ICT Literacy)

Social Tolerance

Personal Responsibility

Financial Literacy

Critical Thinking

Problem Solving

Sales Skills

Entrepreneurial Literacy

Math Skills

Collaboration Skills

Multi- tasking

Business Literacy

Social Responsibility

21st Century Skills

Source: ‘Results that Matter – 21st Century Skills and High School Reform’ by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills / March 2006

Without 21st Century Skills, young adults will struggle to “ make informed life choices, participate effectively in civic life, and compete in the global economy.”

Partnership for 21st Century Skills


Most students who dropout, say they are bored and/or do not see the relevance of what is being taught.


Fact: Nationwide the average retention rate in the 9th grade is in the mid- 20’s. In some schools it is as high as 45%.“The 9th grade has become a holding tank for high schools.”

Jay Hertzog


One of the most effective, proven strategies for preparing students to succeed in high school is a comprehensive program of transition from middle to high school.

high school 101 data
High School 101 Data

Redmond High School, located in Redmond, Oregon, is a school of approximately 2,000 students. During the 2007-2008 school year we used High School 101 as an integral part of our Freshman Academy program, delivering skills to our students that are key to their success in high school and life beyond. Here is a summary of our results:

  • Our freshman drop-out rate fell from 18% to zero
  • The percentage of office referrals given to freshmen dropped from 41% of the total referrals to 9%
  • The percentage of freshmen failing multiple classes fell from 18% to less than 5%

Jonathon C. Bullock, D.Ed.



High school dropouts, on average, will earn $1,000,000 less over a lifetime than college graduates.

Source: The Silent Epidemic

Perspectives of High School Dropouts March 2006

High School 101

Project-Based Strategy

Based on 21st Century Skills

For Middle School & High School

Ten Independent Micro-Units

Standard, Block, Exploratory, Modified Schedules

Consecutive, Concurrent, One Teacher, Team of Teachers.

how is high school 101 being used by 750 schools nationwide
How is High School 101 being used by 750 schools nationwide?
  • Integration into multiple courses and grade levels within one school
  • Full semester course (rare)
  • 30-minute advisement period
  • Summer programs for 8th graders transitioning to the 9th grade.
  • Freshman Academies
  • Smaller Learning Communities
  • After-School programs
The “Y” Factor

(Why do I have to learn this stuff?)

high school 101 units
High School 101 Units

In No Specific Order

  • Independent Implementation
  • Independent Evaluation
“Say What?”


Communication Skills

13 Days

Unit 1

communication skills the keys to success
“Chad Foster Live” DVD

Student Book

Activities / Projects

Meet a Stranger

Unusual Job Report

Pick My Brain

Reading Comprehension Test

Communication Skills“The Keys to Success”

Unit 1

“I Am Who I Am”


Personal Learning Styles

6 Days

Unit 2

visual learners
Visual learners…..
  • like teacher demonstrations
  • use lists to keep up and organize thoughts
  • remember faces, but forget names
  • are easily distracted by movement in the classroom, but are not affected by noise
auditory learners
Auditory learners…
  • like the teacher to provide directions
  • learn by listening
  • like dialogues, plays, discussions
  • remember names but not faces
  • like to talk out problems
  • easily distracted by noise
kinesthetic learners
Kinesthetic learners…
  • do best when they are involved or “active”
  • think best when moving
  • have high energy levels
  • don’t “do” lectures and have problems sitting/reading
  • prefer to do rather than watch
personal learning styles what are the styles understanding yours dealing with theirs
What’s Up?(Interview Partner)

My Style Activity(Group)

Cartoon Activity(Gum)

Kiersey Day(Foster Results)

Dr. Delirious


The Skits

Personal Learning StylesWhat are the Styles? Understanding Yours….Dealing with Theirs.

Unit 2

“Get Wired…Get Hired”


Technology Literacy

12 Days

Unit 3

interesting tech facts
Interesting Tech Facts
  • 70% of all jobs today require workers to use a computer on a daily basis.
  • There is a significant trend to move the work to the worker instead of the worker to the workplace.
day 1 quiz
Day 1 Quiz
  • What is ICT Literacy?
  • What is an ID-10-T error?
  • What is the proposed coverage for WiMAX or 802.16?
  • 802.11 is sometimes referred to as the alphabet soup of technology connectivity. Why?
technology literacy
Daily “Test Your Tech Knowledge” Mini-quizzes

Totally Television (990,000,000)

20/20 Vision Project (9th grade science in 20/20)

The Montana Mission (Testing NCLB literacy skills)

Website Evaluation (MLK.org)

Electronic Portfolio

Technology Literacy

Unit 3

“The Two-Way Street”


People Skills

9 Days

Unit 4

“Roll the Dice…Pay the Price”



6 Days

Unit 5

choices consequences decisions vs choices
Domino Drop (Red Light)

In the News

Domino Effect (Radio Broadcast – Sticky Fingers)

All Ages

“My Choice…….My Life” DVD

Choices/Consequences“Decisions vs. Choices”

Unit 5

“From Boring to Scoring”


Test Taking/Study Skills

9 Days

Unit 6

tests for a high school student in some states today
Tests for a high school student in some states today.
  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills
  • NAEP
  • PSAT
  • SAT
  • ACT
  • End of Course Tests
  • Exit Exam

**This does not include driver’s test, technical certifications, classroom exams,hunter safety, or any other screening type test for employment.**

test taking study skills
“I Do” Test

Brain Capacity

TIM Activity

Test Taking/Study Skills

Unit 6



Time Management

10 Days

Unit 7

time management organize prioritize schedule
Minute by Minute Schedule

Instant Tool(Index Card)

Total Time Chart

Wasted Time(6 seconds per minute)

PSA – TMS Syndrome

G.O.W. (“Just Say NO!”)

“The Code”

Time ManagementOrganize/ Prioritize/ Schedule

Unit 7

wasted time activity
Wasted Time Activity
  • If you waste 6 seconds out of every minute, how much time do you waste every hour?
  • (6 minutes) Each day?
  • (2.4 hours) In one week?
  • (16.8 hours) In one month? (30)
  • (72 hours) In one year?
  • (876 hours) In a lifetime? (75 years)
  • That would be 7.5 years wasted!!!
“Taking Care of Business”


Business Savvy

17 Days

Unit 8

business literacy part time today small companies tomorrow entrepreneurs later
C.O.P.(Team Activity)

The Nightmare(Individual and Team Solutions)

The Company Project (Business Set-Up/Operation Plans)

The Company C.O.P(Immediate/Short-term/Long-term)

Business LiteracyPart-time Today….Small Companies Tomorrow....Entrepreneurs Later

Unit 8

“All Walks of Life”



7 Days

Unit 9

tolerance diversity
Normalizer Test

Field Trip (learned behavior)

Four Corners (similarities)

Up and Down

What If ? (awareness)


Unit 9

“It Grows on Trees Right?”


Financial Literacy

12 Days

Unit 10

financial literacy
Pre-Test Financial Literacy

“Chad Foster Live” DVD

Student Book


Busted (Needs vs. Wants)

Future Value

My Personal Stuff – 10 (Renter’s Insurance)

Post-Test Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy

Unit 10


Will your students

be prepared.....

or just educated?

contact information

Contact Information

Chad Foster



Dr. Mike Hall