Pathways to Potential is a newer program launched in the fall of 2014 at Battle Creek Public Schools that has successfully decreased truancy by 30% during the 2014-2015 school year (over the previous year). The program houses a Department of Human Services worker referred to as a “Success Coach” within the the school to assist families and students in eliminating barriers to attending school. There are currently 208 schools implementing this model across the State of Michigan, however Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School is the only school in Calhoun County offering this initiative locally to families and students.
For more information about Pathways to Potential, please visit, http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5455_69890_69986—,00.html. For more information about this program at Battle Creek Public Schools, please visit their website at http://www.battlecreekpublicschools.org or call Aimee Lemon at (269) 965-9773.
Aimee Lemon, Interventionist at Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School, was interviewed on the Richard Piet Show on WBCK. Please click on the following link to listen to Aimee discuss the program including why it’s important and the decrease in absenteeism within the school.
In addition to assisting students and families, the Success Coach works together with Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School to:
- decrease chronic absenteeism
- increase academic performance and
- increase parent involvement
In addition to working one-on-one with families to remove barriers and help families find a pathway to success, Pathways to Potential incentive programs include the following:
- Monthly ice cream socials/locker signs for students with perfect attendance
- Flick & Float
- Parent recognition luncheons/certificates
- Student awards/certificates
- Give-a-ways including gift/gas cards, family passes to a Bomber Game, family passes to Full Blast
The program has achieved significant results during the 2014-2015 school years.
- 10 students has perfect attendance for the year
- Trauncy decreased 30% from last year (truancy is defined at 10 or more absenses)
- Absences decreased 21% from September
- Suspensions decreased 40% from September
- Tardies decreased 14% from September