L.A.T.E.   Levels for Assisting Transition in Education   

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L.A.T.E., CEC

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PURPOSE

To provide an educational opportunity for students who are expelled from the district, are in transition from juvenile residential facilities, or have been referred by their home school.

PROGRAM GOAL

To assist students in becoming successful in social and academic behaviors which enable them to return to their home school or to enter Community Corners.

WHERE AND WHEN

A central review committee makes admission decisions.  The committee may include the Assistant Superintendent, School Social Worker, Director of Special Services, and Director of Community Programs.

The program is housed at the Walled Lake Community Education Center,  615 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake, MI 48390; 248-956-5030.  The class schedule is Monday - Friday 7:15 a.m.-2:10 p.m. with a 30 minute lunch.  (Note:  transportation is NOT provided.)

OUTCOMES:

The L.A.T.E. Program consists of six graduated levels.  Students progress through these levels via a standardized system of behavior modification, which encourages students to accept responsibility for their actions and measures their academic and behavioral progress.  Appropriate academic, social and classroom behavior is expected from all participating students and will be exhibited at all six levels within the program.  Students exhibiting appropriate behavior will earn points for the day in the corresponding categories.  General behavior expectations are:

1)    Students will not interfere with the learning process of others.

2)    Students will not use profanity or abusive language toward teachers, staff members or fellow classmates.

3)    Students will not leave the classroom without permission and/or supervision of a staff member.

4)    Students will remain on task and complete all assignments while in class.

5)    Students will communicate their individual needs (needing assistance with work, needing a lavatory break, request for materials, etc.), to a staff member in a quiet and non disruptive manner.

6)    Students will attempt to carry out all instructional directions.

7)    Students will keep all school texts, materials, equipment and property in an appropriate manner.

8)    Students will respect the dignity and rights of others.

ACADEMICS

Upon entering the L.A.T.E. Program, the L.A.T.E. Program teacher will communicate with staff from the student’s home school in order to obtain pertinent background information and curriculum/materials.  Out-of-district students will be using Walled Lake curriculum.  All accumulated data will be used by the L.A.T.E. Program teacher to construct and implement an education plan to meet the student’s specific academic needs.  Progress will be monitored throughout the student’s time in the L.A.T.E. Program.

DAILY POINT SYSTEM

Behavioral – 50 points total

        10 pts.            Student stayed in class.

        10 pts.            Student did not interfere with learning experience of others.

        10 pts.            Student communicated in polite and constructive manner.

        10 pts.            Student followed directions.

        10 pts.            Student took care of school property and appropriately used school materials.

Academic Achievement – 40 points total

        8 pts.               Student stayed on task.

        8 pts.              Student appropriately sought assistance and resources.

        8 pts.              Student satisfactorily completed assignments. 

        8 pts.              Student took care of books, supplies and educational materials.

        8 pts.              Student completed all homework.

Attendance – 10 points total

        5 pts.              Student attended class.

        5 pts.              Student arrived on time and stayed until class ended.                  

 100 points

LEVELS FOR TRANSITION

Each level has specific academic achievement and behavioral components determining level movement.  These components are woven into the level system as performance objectives, which students are required to master as criteria for progressing from one level to the next.

Level 0

Entry into the program

Level A

Objectives and criteria for achievement (assessed weekly: two-week minimum, and points must be earned in a consecutive two-week period):

1.     Earn 75% or above in each behavioral component of the program.

2.     Average 60% or higher in academic work.

3.     Earn 85% of the attendance points.

Guidelines

1.     Student will remain in the classroom unless accompanied by a staff member.

2.     Lavatory breaks will be supervised and will be no longer than five minutes.

3.     Student will receive assistance from staff or LEVEL D/E students.

4.     Student will work one-on-one with instructional staff.

Level B

Objectives and criteria for achievement (assessed weekly: two-week minimum and points must be earned in a consecutive two-week period):

1.     Earn 80% or above in each behavioral component of the program.

2.     Complete all assignments with an average of 65% or higher.

3.     Earn 85% of the attendance points.

Guidelines

1.     Student will stay in class unless supervised by staff.

2.     Student will be supervised during breaks (maximum of ten minutes).

3.     Student may participate in group activities.

4.     Student will receive assistance as needed from staff or LEVEL D/E students.

Level C

Objectives and criteria for achievement (assessed weekly: two-week minimum and points must be earned in consecutive two-week period):

1.     Earn 85% or above in each behavioral component of the program.

2.     Complete all assignments with an average of 70% or higher.

3.     Earn 90% of the attendance points.

Guidelines

1.     Student will remain in the classroom unless supervised by staff or on a ten-minute break.

2.     Student may participate in community service.

Level D

Objectives and criteria for achievement (assessed weekly: three-week minimum and points must be earned in a consecutive three-week period):

1.     Earn 90% or above in each behavioral component of the program.

2.     Complete all assignments with an average of 80% or higher.

3.     Earn 90% of the attendance points.

Guidelines

1.     Student will remain in the classroom unless given permission by the staff to leave for lavatory breaks or to get a drink of water.

Level E

Objectives and criteria for achievement (assessed weekly: four-week minimum and points must be earned in a consecutive four-week period):
1.     Earn 95% or above in each behavioral component of the program.

2.     Complete all assignments with an average of 85% or higher.

3.     Earn 95% of the attendance points.

L.A.T.E. PROGRAM ENROLLMENT PROCEDURE

1.     Referrals from the school board, home school, etc., will be processed through the Assistant Superintendent of Schools.

2.     The Assistant Superintendent of Schools, upon approval of entry, will notify the Director of Community Programs.

3.     The Director of Special Education and the L.A.T.E. Program teacher will convene a meeting with the student and parents for registration/orientation, and contact the student’s home school for preparation of curriculum information and materials.

COORDINATION

1.     The L.A.T.E. Program students are subject to the Student Code of Conduct.  Level II and III violations or truancy from the program may result in reduction of a student’s level and/or suspension from the program.

2.     Student academic achievement and level status will be reported to the home school on the district card marking schedule.  Specific progress reports will also be provided on an “as needed” basis.

3.     Special education services will be provided to L.A.T.E. students when determined by I.E.P.C. (Individualized Education Plan Committee).

4.     Parents are expected to be actively involved in the L.A.T.E. Program process via:   

Contact with the L.A.T.E. Program teacher and/or Director of Special Services, as necessary;

Individual/group problem-solving

     Provision of transportation

L.A.T.E. PROGRAM EXIT PROCEDURE

1.     Student in Transition (non-expelled):  Upon successful completion of all six levels by the student, the L.A.T.E. Program teacher and Director of Community Programs will meet with the student and parents to review educational options.

2.     Expelled students will remain in the L.A.T.E. Program until period of expulsion ends, at which time:

        a.     Parent provides the Superintendent of Schools a written petition for re-admittance, thirty days prior to the end of student’s expulsion.  This petition for re-admittance shall be reviewed per the School Board policy.

        b.     The L.A.T.E. Program staff will inform the School Board of the student’s performance while in the L.A.T.E. Program.