Highway to Success

  Designed to:

 * Reduce risk of dropouts

 * Increase Academic performance

 * Develop mature responsible          learning behaviors

 * Improves school attendance

 * Improves student/ teacher  relationships

 Way to Success

 

 Designed to:

 * Reduce risk of dropouts

 * Increase Academic performance

 * Develop mature responsible    learning behaviors

 * Improves school attendance

 * Improves student/ teacher  relationships

HIGHWAY TO SUCCESS is a structured learning character education based program designed for students in grades 6-12 that will prepare them to overcome the challenges of meeting academic standards, as well as preparing them to assume their roles as mature, responsible, citizens in our complex society.

The program’s inherent pliability offers schools the option to implement it either in the grade sequence listed below or as strands that can be adapted to your school’s individual focus or needs. Either way, your students will have a chance to develop and practice executive function skills throughout their secondary educational experience.


Suggested Sequence:
Grade 6 Study Skills
Grade 7 Health Fitness Skills
Grade 8 Communication Skills
Grade 9 Organization/Planning Skills
Grade 10 Executive Function Skills/Process
Grade 11 Managing Time/Stress Skills
Grade 12 Career Orientation/Leadership Skills


IMPLEMENTATION
The innovative program strategy integrates naturally into the academic structure of the school. The program simply takes the daily calendar/homework planner and turns it into an effective tool that will develop each of these important skill sets.

BRAIN RESEARCH
The hallmark of the program design was developed from the most recent MRI studies of the Executive Function and maturation of the brain. These skills are: processing skills, and they are related to Striving & Volition. These are the baseline skills necessary to accomplish each skill set within the Highway to Success program.

*Integrates study skills
*Time management techniques
*Focused goal setting process
​*Teaches students how to follow through on their commitment to reach goals
*Designed to increase academic performances
*Develop mature responsible learning behaviors
*Improves school attendance


GOAL ORIENTATION INDEX (GOI)
The program utilizes the Goal Orientation Index developed by Dr. Kathryn Atman from the University of Pittsburgh. GOI is a self-reporting inventory that provides students with a profile of their goal achievement styles, and challenges students to set goals related to their academic progress and how to develop plans for successful goal accomplishment.The understanding of the students goal achievement style is invaluable to both the student and the educator. The ability to recognize a need, problem, challenge, or opportunity is essential to a successful person.

RESEARCH BASED
Across nine research studies at the middle and high school levels, academic achievement has been show to be significantly related to seven specific goal-oriented behaviors. To become an academic achiever, a student needs to develop and use these seven skills:

*Have a long-range goal.
*Be aware of what is going on around and within you.
*Set short-range goals.
​*Organize.
*Don’t procrastinate.
*Make it happen.
*Finish what you start.


PROGRAM TRAINING/MATERIAL
The program provides ongoing NCEF support, Staff Development/Handbook, Student Material, Program Promotional Posters, a school-wide Motivational Assembly, and Program Evaluation.

USER FRIENDLY CLASSROOM IMPLEMENTATION 
​that involves administration, teachers, and students. Teachers learn how to walk alongside students while staff development sessions construct ways for the teachers to move from manager to coach, facilitator, and encourager, while maintaining control over their classroom.




​ To review the Highway to Success PowerPoint presentation,
 click here.


Implementation Options (PDF): click here


External Links:


Tying Education To Future Goals May Boost Grades More Than Helping With Homework
ScienceDaily (May 21, 2009)


​Studying Young Minds, and How to Teach Them
​The New York Times (December 20, 2009)

PROGRAM’S KEY DESIGN POINTS

•  Reduce risk of dropouts

•  Increase academic performance

•  Develop mature, responsible learning behaviors

•  Improves school attendance

•  Improves student/teacher relationships

 Recognizing,  educating, and  promoting the  benefits of good  character to  students,  parents, and  communities.