WHAT IS STEPS?
The STEPS school program is a daily, research-based positive skills group run by a teacher from the Wayne County STEPS agency.
Groups of 6-8 students meet during building intervention / study hall time with the following goals:
Developing Resilience: Resilience (being able to recover from setbacks) is key to becoming a flexible and successful friend.
Learn New Strategies for Problem Solving: Being able to think of and apply a variety of ways to solve conflict promotes stress reduction and stamina.
Discuss Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Discussing the consequence of choices related to teen substance use or other problems is a key theme of this program.
Connect Card: STEPS Mentoring
WHY IS THIS GOOD FOR MY CHILD?
Benefits of STEPS include:
Reduced School Conflict
Improved Ability to Set Goals
Improved Awareness of Healthy Lifestyle
STEPS is a part of the district's MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) model.
Data tracking shows that STEPS students improve teacher ratings of their problem solving skills by 26% following 8 sessions of support.
HOW DO I KNOW THE STEPS PROGRAM IS WORKING?
Students invited to STEPS will have a teacher rating scale completed prior to starting the group. The normed 40 Developmental Assets screener will inventory student needs and strengths related to social and coping skills.
Weekly, parent communication letters will be mailed home about the strategies promoted with your child. Please talk about the techniques and scenerios with your child.
Monthly, teachers will complete social skillls screeners for your child. The counselor will chart student progress. A progress monitoring meeting may be requested by parents at any time.
Please sign and return the attached permission form to begin service. With questions, contact: