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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
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
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
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
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
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
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

CMS graduation rate 81% !

CMS MCV Graduation rate 88% !!!

district connections
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
academic supports attendance
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 attendance1
Academic Supports/Attendance
  • Student/ Parent Conference


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 attendance2
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
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
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.

to whom do you turn

Community Resources & Referrals

    

National Organizations

Federal & Stage Agencies

Local Agencies & Special Interest Groups

Guardian Angels

…any others?

resource management
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
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
challenges triumphs
  • 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”
wrap up
  • 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
Presenter Information

Dearsley Vernon, Title I Specialist

Patrice Webb-Bush, MCV Social Worker

Vanessa Eichman, MCV Social Worker

Juanita Gatewood, MCV Social Worker

Marina Leonidas, MCV Social Worker

Audrey Robinson, MCV Social Worker

Karen Worrell, MCV Social Worker