Integrated Supports & Interventions
CIS of Cumberland County staff promote student self-confidence and provide students a reason to believe in themselves. We help each individual student discover their own ability to succeed, whether that’s completing homework, learning new life skills or successfully graduating and unlocking a path to college or a successful career.
One-on-one relationships are at the heart of our work. Our staff form personal bonds with each student to gain a thorough understanding of their individual needs. We provide direct assistance and connect them to community resources so they can overcome barriers to success inside and outside of the classroom.
Our staff are trusted advocates and a valuable support system to students. We give them confidence to grab the reins and create the future they envision for themselves by wrapping them in supports:
When a student doesn’t show up (or log-in) for class, it makes it almost impossible for them to keep up with their work, maintain their grades and stay on track for graduation. We understand that there may be many factors affecting a student’s ability or motivation to come to class – issues at home, housing insecurity or homelessness, transportation problems, or (in the era of remote learning) technology and connectivity needs. We work with each student to address their problems both in and outside of the classroom so that they can show up to class ready to learn.
Behavioral issues can be a result of emotional trauma in the home, environmental events, socialization challenges, or an inability to cope with a variety of situations in and out of school. We bring classroom guidance as well as proven programs like Zones of Regulation that encourage positive behavioral responses to resolve internal or external conflict. Overall, we help students develop new skills to self-regulate and promote social and emotional growth.
Our staff find creative ways to help students progress academically by creating optimal learning environments. We connect students with volunteer tutors and study groups to support reading and math skills, and show them the connection between what they learn in school and how it applies in real life.
One of the many benefits to working with us and our affiliates are the programs and support services we provide to help parents or guardians be a positive, central force in their child’s education. We use programs like Parent University to support parents and increase their engagement. Because we know – when parents are involved in a child’s education, students have greater success.
Social and Emotional Learning
Helping a student show up to class and complete their assignments aren’t the only components of success. We know it’s also essential to address the social and emotional needs of our students so they can show up each school day ready to learn. The stress and isolation of Covid-19 have caused vulnerable students to feel even more emotional strain, making these services more important than ever before. We ground our work within the framework of Developmental Relationships and employ regular social/emotional check-ins to make sure students are doing and feeling well.
Career and College Readiness
In addition to making sure students stay on track academically, we also work to provide students with an overview of their options once they cross the graduation stage. We take students in-person or virtually on college tours and to career fairs. We make sure students are prepared to make the best choices for their future once they graduate high school – whether that means community college, university, career training or a transition into the workforce.