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P.A.W.S. Academy: Creating Positive Roads to Success for High Needs Students

At the start of the 2016-17 school year, the leadership team at Thomasville Primary School looked closely at their discipline data and found that there was a need for interventions with students that had high numbers of behavior referrals. The decision was to develop a program so these students could obtain the appropriate social and emotional skills to be successful in all settings. The curriculum developed for the academy focused on four main areas, Growth Mindset, Identifying and Managing Emotions, Respect and Problem Solving. Following the lead of Thomasville Primary, Thomasville Middle School embraced the principles of P.A.W.S. Academy and begun the implementation process using the BB&T Leadership Institute's model for implementing change. The concept remains the same, yet is adapted to be age appropriate for secondary students. Session participants will learn about implementation of the program at both schools and develop their own plans for similar programs in their schools.

This talk was presented at:
National Title I Conference
February 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jessica Dreher

For the last ten years, Dr. Dreher has worked in a Title I school district with at risk students as a school counselor. She has advised and coordinated programs within her school district working with these students to improve behaviors and academic engagement.

Kevin Leake

Mr. Leake has been employed with Thomasville City Schools as a teacher or administrator for the past 11 years. He’s worked with a population of students in some capacity for the duration of his 18 years in public education.

Angela Moore-Little

Dr. Angela Moore-Little has been in education for 17 years; all of which has been spent in Title 1 schools. She started as a classroom teacher and then became a Mathematics Coach. She is presently a Principal in a Title 1 school that serves over 800 students. Dr. Angela Moore-Little has been a true advocate for her students as she continue to find resources to help them become academically successful.