Michelle Perry and Matthew Hauenstein from the National High School Center’s Early Warning System (EWS) Team recently presented on the Early Warning Intervention and Monitoring System (EWIMS) implementation process and EWS Middle Grades and High SchoolTools at the 24th Annual At-Risk Youth Forum, held February 19-22 in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Forum, sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, featured a variety of presenters and attendees from state and local agencies, schools and districts, and higher education. Keynote speakers included Ms. Kim Bearden of the Ron Clark Academy, Mr. Kenston Griffin of Dream Builders Communication, Inc. and Mr. Hotep Benzo of Hustle University.
Perry and Hauenstein presented a detailed overview of the research supporting the use of an early warning system based on student attendance, class performance and behavior data. They also provided a detailed walkthrough of the seven step EWIMS implementation process along with individual implementation guidance for a number of attendees. Participants were given a full demonstration of the EWS High School Tool, along with an abbreviated demonstration of the EWS Middle Grades Tool. Finally, Michelle and Matthew engaged participants in a structured discussion on using the EWS Tools to identify and support at-risk students, as well as how to implement an EWIMS system in their schools and districts.
For more information on the forum, please visit the conference’s Web site. For a copy of Perry and Hauenstein’s presentation, check out the National High School Center’s News and Events page. If you are using or planning to use an early warning system tool, join the National High School Center’s Early Warning System Online Community of Practice to share your knowledge and questions with other users and experts.
Note: This blog post was originally authored under the auspices of the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The National High School Center’s blog, High School Matters, which ran until March 2013, provided an objective perspective on the latest research, issues, and events that affected high school improvement. The CCRS Center plans to continue relevant work originally developed under the National High School Center grant. National High School Center blog posts that pertain to CCRS Center issues are included on this website as a resource to our stakeholders.