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The goal is to teach social and emotional principles to students in a way they can understand and remember. The WhyTry Program is a resilience education curriculum that provides simple, hands-on solutions for dropout prevention, violence prevention, truancy reduction, and increased academic success.

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Why Try Training

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School:
St. Petersburg High School 
Subject:
Special Needs Students 
Teacher:
Douglas Spohn 
 
Joy Avery Wright, Dana Lowry, Lorretta Barksdale 
Students Impacted:
18 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
August 18, 2016

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Tash and Emily Elwyn - $509.00

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Goal

The goal is to teach social and emotional principles to students in a way they can understand and remember. The WhyTry Program is a resilience education curriculum that provides simple, hands-on solutions for dropout prevention, violence prevention, truancy reduction, and increased academic success. 

 

What will be done with my students

As the school social worker I meet with EBD students on a weekly basis for group counseling during their social personal unique skills class. During the course of the year we engage is activities which address self esteem, peer and family relationships, academic engagement, career readiness, and cultural diversity. I have used the original Why Try curriculum (now over 10 years old) extensively over the years. It was complete revamped to reflect more of the interests of today's youth. The visual analogies are reinforced through the creative use of customized hip-hop music, video, over 150 learning activities, journal activities that help students reflect on program concepts, and other multimedia. The WhyTry curriculum engages all major learning styles (visual, auditory, and body-kinesthetic). WhyTry is often used for RTI and PBiS.
The WhyTry Program is currently at work in over 20,000 organizations in all 50 of the United States, as well as Canada, the UK, and Australia.  

 

Benefits to my students

1. Helps to motivate and re-engage students who may be struggling with challenges at home and in school.
2. Teaches important life skills (e.g., decisions have consequences; dealing with with peer pressure; obeying laws and rules; plugging in to support systems).
3. Teaches where resilience comes from, and how to strengthen their ability to access resilience and inner motivation in moments of difficulty and trial. 

 

Describe the Students

My students are in 9th through 12 grades and are in the Emotional Behavior Disability program under ESE. Typically EBD students are at a greater risk of dropping out before they graduate from high school than are General Education students. They struggle academically and grades are usually low. Many have had involvement with the juvenile justice system. Family relations are often strained and community involvement tends to be negative. Most EBD students come to St Pete High having been in the EBD program for years. This is their last chance to learn the skills needed to be productive citizens in our community. Please note, Al Bennett is the principal of St Pete High, and Tari Connell is my direct social work supervisor. 

 

Budget Narrative

The Online Curriculum is a one year subscription to the program. It can be use in conjunction with the original hard copy the school board purchases ten years ago. The WHY TRY Music CD is an integral part of the curriculum and can be used over and over.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Online Curriculum $499.00
2 WhyTry Music CD $10.00
  Total: $509.00

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