ENGAGE New Mexico – Attendance Recovery Program
ENGAGE New Mexico is a statewide program funded by the Public Education Department and offered to New Mexico’s local education agencies to assist schools and families disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing intensive outreach, engagement, and enhanced support for middle and high school students.
ENGAGE New Mexico began in the spring of 2020 to assist districts in engaging students and families who disengaged during the transition to remote learning. We know as a result of our work with many LEAs and families earlier this year that the challenges they must overcome to succeed in today’s disrupted learning environments require significant on-going support, not just one-and-done problem solving.
The program starts with a multi-modal outreach strategy designed to reach eligible students and families you refer via phone, mail, text, or social media. Once re-connected, students are given the opportunity to work with a dedicated coach through the end of the school year. The coach helps to identify and mitigate the obstacles preventing engagement, helps the student learn the skills necessary to succeed in the remote learning environment, monitors the student’s pace and progress, and provides the support the student needs to stay engaged, helping them continue their educational journey and progress toward graduation.
Which Students Qualify?
There are many reasons why a student might be disengaged right now — and, as our data from the spring shows, even those who were successful in their classes before the public health crisis may be struggling. This is not their fault, nor is it the fault of their teachers or their schools. The learning environment has shifted in profound ways and many students are struggling with this change. The following students qualify to participate in the ENGAGE New Mexico program. Students who are in grade 6-12 and who:
- did not engage in their LEA’s remote continuous education offerings in spring 2020.
- participated in ENGAGE New Mexico in the spring 2020.
- are in need of intervention by being absent or not consistently engaged in their classes.
- are in danger of failing one or more class.
- students whose families have requested additional support.
On-Going Support Levels
Graduation Alliance’s Ongoing Support Levels are delivered through Academic Coaches and vary based on the Ongoing Support Level to which the student is assigned based. The engagement with students could range from daily outreach to periodic check-ins with students and their families.
By Francoise Lartigue, Content Manager
School is More than Content
Like many parents, when remote learning started my husband and I became acutely aware of all the ways the traditional school environment had supported our children. In addition to teaching them new material, of course!
Now with school closed, the social and emotional support provided by the school experience was obviously missing. But the slightly-less-obvious executive functioning supports were clearly missing, too.
An often overlooked component of Social Emotional Learning, Executive Function skills include working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control. These skills help kids do things like pay attention, organize, plan, start tasks, stay focused and keep track of the task at hand, and manage emotions. You know, function!
All children have the ability to learn these skills and none are born with them. As we know, all children are different, so some require more direct instruction to help these skills come to life. For many children, the structure and routine of school can be enough to hone these skills. However, when faced with the type of disruption that a pandemic provides, all children need the support of at-home learning strategies.
There are so many factors that make remote learning a challenge for families. The struggle with remote learning can have less to do with content and more to do with all the skills needed to make the learning happen. Executive functioning skills! All the routines inherently built into the school day. All the conscious and subconscious ways teachers work to make learning possible.
From What to How
Reflecting on my own experience as a teacher, I focused primarily on helping my students and their parents know what kids needed to learn. But I gave little explicit direction on how they were expected to learn in my classroom. Now, during remote learning, parents are struggling to learn both the “what” (assignments) and the “how” (executive functioning supports).
But there are ways we can make it easier. Here are a few of our go-to “how” at-home learning strategies that can help your families, too.
- Have a space for children to keep their “school” things
Giving “school stuff” a dedicated space shows these items have value. It also helps keep things organized. At school kids have a desk, cubby, or locker. At home it can be a permanent spot, mobile push cart, or a kid-decorated cardboard box.
The first few times you might have to help your child organize it, but they’ll get it soon enough.
- Routines matter!
The structure that school provides helps kids feel secure. When you know what to expect it’s easier to stay focused and it helps build a feeling of control. This is incredibly important during times of stress and uncertainty. Remember the right routine is the one that you can do daily because it works for YOUR family.
- Checklists rule!
Checklists are a clear visual reminder of what needs to be accomplished for the day. Creating the list gives kids a sense of control over their day. Checklists also touch on developing a number of executive functioning skills. It’s the magic of the check box!
Every school morning my kids had to make a checklist of the things they needed to do and the things they wanted to do. In the beginning we made them together. After about a week my 4th grade twins could make them on their own. For kids who aren’t reading or writing yet, make the list together. Creating checklists also builds lots of great literacy skills.
- Use the Checklist
Let the checklists become a key part of our routine. It will allow you to say things like “Did you finish your list?” instead of nagging your child about things. It also allows you to say “If you get stuck on one thing on your list, try something else until I can check in with you”. By empowering your kids to manage their to-do list, it can give you more time to complete your own workload.
- Include FUN in your routine
Having something to look forward to is important for everyone’s mental health. It can also help kids keep focused. For my kids, being able to play a favorite video game for 30 minutes or going to the lake at the end of the day helped. Other things to try: movie nights, playing a board game, having a family dance party, or doing an art project together.
And here’s an executive functioning bonus – board, card, and memory games all help build executive functioning skills!
I understand many families are having issues with Windstream internet after the power outage on September 10th. Customer service technicians have provided the following directions for assisting you with your service.
You will need to individually contact Windstream to report your issue.
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Director of Instruction/Principal
Jemez Mountain Public Schools
Jemez Mountain School District
Is participating in a Universal Breakfast and Lunch Program for the current school year 2020-2021. If your children attend Gallina Elementary School, Coronado Mid-High School and Lybrook School, breakfast/lunch will be available to them at no charge. All students enrolled at this school may participate in the breakfast/lunch program at no charge to them.
Studies have shown that children who are not hungry perform better in school. By providing breakfast/lunch to all children at no charge, we are hoping to create a better learning environment for our students. The School Breakfast and Lunch Programs cannot succeed without your support; please consider your children’s participation in the school meal programs.
The school breakfast and lunch that we serve follows U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for healthy school meals. The Universal Meals Program cannot succeed without your support; please encourage your children to participate in school meal programs.
All meals will be served to all students at no charge regardless of the eligibility status.
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How can you prevent the spread of germs and viruses?
1. Stay home or keep children home if they are ill and/or have a fever over 100.4 degrees.
2. Cover coughs with your elbow, not your hand.
3. Wash your hands!
HELP New Mexico will be assisting individuals and families with food and basic supplies
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Those that are served nutritious meals and snacks will develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.
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