Education Program

Youth Center Education Program
The Ingham County Youth Center's school program uses a Response to Intervention Framework model operated by the Lansing School District's Highly Qualified teachers. Response to Intervention, or RTI, is a system of service delivery that uses evidence based interventions, monitoring and evaluation for on-going tracking of individual students in making informed decisions about the student's educational and behavioral programming needs. This framework provides students who do not respond to instruction with increasingly intensive levels of intervention.  This framework is consistent with the school Improvement Plan. It embodies all the school's goals, efforts strategies, and activities to help students meet the expectations of the system, which is to be able to meet the common core standards for each grade level so students can move on to higher education or vocational studies.  

Academic Achievement
Title 1 D
The Ingham County Youth Center receives federal funding for youth who are at risk. Title I, Part D,  is a federal program. The program’s purpose is to provide supplementary educational services to improve academic achievement specifically in mathematics, reading, and language arts. These children or youth must be given the opportunity to meet the same challenging state content standards expected of all other children in the state. The educational program is designed to provide delinquent children and youth the services needed to make successful transitions from institutionalization to a regular program of education, higher education, vocational training, or employment.

Highly Qualified Staff
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that all teachers of core academic subjects be highly qualified. Core academic subjects include English, reading, language arts, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography (NCLB Section 9101).

Response to Intervention
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs and includes the following: 
  1. Highly Qualified Teachers. Research based core curriculum utilized with integrity demonstrating a deep understanding of effective instruction; 80% or more students are at Benchmark.
  2. Research Based Interventions. All intervention curriculum is research-based and research-validated.
  3. Pre & Post Testing. At-risk students are given Diagnostic Assessments if needed to determine why they are struggling.
  4. Progress Monitoring. All students receiving intervention are monitored every other week to determine response to intervention. Progress data is communicated regularly to classroom teacher/other educators involved with students.
     
Program Goals
  • Create a culture focused on student learning
  • Provide targeted, systematic interventions to meet individual student needs
  • Build time for remediation and enrichment into the school day
Instruction Will
  • be individualized
  • be based upon specific agreed upon meaningful outcomes
  • include a variety of strategies based on current research and best practice 
  • provide students with choices
  • emphasize intensive levels of time on task
  • infuse positive behavioral interventions
  • include measures of instructional effectiveness
  • continually challenge our expectations for students
  • provide access to appropriate technology

 Technology
Ingham County Youth Center uses “Best Practice” to engage students and capture their interest. An interactive whiteboard is used to accommodate multiple learning styles including tactile, audio, and visual. Interactive whiteboards benefit all students, but especially those with learning disabilities.