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  • EVERY CHILD.
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Roadmap

Strive’s Student Roadmap to Success

Education is a lifelong experience that begins well before a child ever sets foot in a classroom and continues long past a cap-and-gown commencement.
Strive’s Student Roadmap to Success plots the course of a student’s journey from cradle to career, with plenty of signposts along the way.  This map is not just a guide for the student, but for all members of the community partnership with an interest in seeing that students have successful journeys.

Key Benchmarks ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Notice on the map that there are several stops before school begins. Successful education begins in a stable home with involved parents or caregivers. A child’s first words, the lullabies and stories he/she hears and the conversations with family members comprise some of life’s first lessons. Parents and caregivers need to understand that they also are a child’s first teachers.
 

During these critical pre-school years, a child begins to explore and discover the wider world around him, learning language, understanding that letters form words and relating words to the things he sees. There is significant evidence that children who participate in a high-quality preschool program do better as they progress through the grades.  Children need access and encouragement to participate in these programs. At this point on the map a child is learning self control and to socialize with others, developing self-esteem and the motivation to learn more.  
 
 
 
 
In 4th grade a basic reading milestone is reached and measured. Future success will be built upon the skills that have been mastered at this point.
 
 
 
 
 
By the 7th grade signpost, a child should understand what it means to go on to college and will develop expectations about his post-secondary education.  Students and their parents must be counseled to aspire to and pursue opportunities for college or post-secondary training.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eighth grade is the point for taking a significant measurement of math skills, as basic algebra is learned. This is also a milepost of emotional and social development.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 9th grade signpost is an indication of the point where a child extends his activities into the broader community, participating in civic and campus groups. A successful trip along this road means that by 10th grade a student can pass at least five 9th-grade-level courses and start planning for what he/she will do after high school. By the end of high school that mileposts indicate a mastery of high school math and science.  To ensure children are able to reach these milestones teacher training and professional development needs to align with the goals.  
 
 
 
 
 
The signposts on the college stretch of the roadmap mark increasing sophistication and participation in academic and social activities. Time management skills are honed. There should be financial aid available to help those in need finish the trip. Students become much more active and adult participants in the community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The final point on the roadmap marks the career. The end goal of education is fulfillment – economic and personal. Colleges and businesses need to provide the necessary support services, including increased co-op opportunities, to help meet this goal.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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