RSD Launches Credit Recovery Program
RSD has created an in-house credit recovery program using their own curriculum and teachers. Students who have failed classes in the first quarter now have the opportunity to earn credits during the second quarter needed to graduate.
Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Support Services Dr. Shelley Willott organized the enrollment process. In the past, RSD utilized a third-party vendor called Launch for online content, but because of the pandemic, Dr. Willott said RSD sped up the process to create their own credit recovery program.
Students who failed a first-quarter core class were contacted by their principal. If they choose to participate, they will retake the failed course in an asynchronous format on Canvas taught by an RSD teacher.
Anna Speaker, registrar, said there are 77 students at MHS enrolled in credit recovery in the second quarter.
Dr. Willott said over the summer, 250 RSD teachers worked with the district to create content, including Lauren Wiliams, language arts teacher.
Williams volunteered to teach 9th grade ELA for credit recovery during the second quarter. She is now modifying course work to fit the short time period.
“I’ve seen a lot of students struggle with virtual learning and motivation, and this sounded like a great way to give them a second chance to get back on track,” Williams said. “The last thing any teacher or administrator wants is for this year to have a detrimental impact on students.”
Even with asynchronous learning, Williams said she plans to be very involved with her students. She filmed a welcome video, has a Zoom office hour schedule, and on larger assignments, gives voice comments.
“I think this helps build a personal connection so that students know there’s an adult who cares about them and is invested in their learning,” Williams said.
Principal Dr. Steve Hankins said it is beneficial for students to retake courses during the second quarter because there are only three classes. Students retaking courses also will be much more familiar with the course work than before.
“It’s our curriculum, our teachers and our students,” Dr. Hankins said. “We have a much better shot at meeting the needs of students and getting them through.”
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