About GCS
Grand Central Station
04.20.14

GCS is a supportive learning environment housed within a state-of-the-art learning "hub". Designed with three levels of intensity of intervention, GCS has become an effective Response-to-Intervention (RtI) service delivery model for elementary and secondary schools alike.  Anyone can refer a student.

Program Goal:  To create successful, independent learners

¨   Reduce the failure rate of academically at-risk students

¨   Increase students' self-esteem

¨   Increase school attendance

¨   Decrease infractions

¨   Decrease the dropout rate


INTERVENTION: GRAND CENTRAL STATION

A structured learning program which acts as a comprehensive, case management system within a nurturing environment.  The program provides the scaffolding for floundering students directly teaching them and walking with them to successful, independent learning.

SCAFFOLDING:

¨   Key organizational structures:  Lesson plan board, missing works board, Friday grade checks

¨   An enriched learning environment (with lots of manipulatives and state-of-the-art technology

¨   Supportive teachers who excel in re-teaching strategies and study skills

¨   A process which provides students with a better understanding of themselves as learners

DE-SCAFFOLDING:

¨   Students take ownership of the specific tools, study skills and organizational techniques which work best for them

¨   Students internalize the newfound strategies

¨   Visible, external scaffolding slowly fades away

¨   Students "fly" on their own

EXPECTED OUTCOMES:

¨   Improved grades

¨   Better self-esteem and improved attitudes

¨   Increased attendance

¨   Decreased infractions

¨   Reduced dropout rates

LONG-TERM:  SUCCESSFUL INDEPENDENT LEARNERS NO LONGER USING PROGRAM SUPPORT!