HIGHWAY TO SUCCESS is a structured learning character education based program designed for students in grades 6-12 that will prepare them to overcome the challenges of meeting academic standards, as well as preparing them to assume their roles as mature, responsible, citizens in our complex society.
The program's inherent pliability offers schools the option to implement it either in the grade sequence listed below or as strands that can be adapted to your school's individual focus or needs. Either way, your students will have a chance to develop and practice executive function skills throughout their secondary educational experience.
The innovative program strategy integrates naturally into the academic structure of the school. The program simply takes the daily calendar/homework planner and turns it into an effective tool that will develop each of these important skill sets.
The hallmark of the program design was developed from the most recent MRI studies of the Executive Function and maturation of the brain. These skills are: processing skills, and they are related to Striving & Volition. These are the baseline skills necessary to accomplish each skill set within the Highway to Success program.
The program utilizes the Goal Orientation Index developed by Dr. Kathryn Atman from the University of Pittsburgh. GOI is a self-reporting inventory that provides students with a profile of their goal achievement styles, and challenges students to set goals related to their academic progress and how to develop plans for successful goal accomplishment.The understanding of the students goal achievement style is invaluable to both the student and the educator. The ability to recognize a need, problem, challenge, or opportunity is essential to a successful person.
Across nine research studies at the middle and high school levels, academic achievement has been show to be significantly related to seven specific goal-oriented behaviors. To become an academic achiever, a student needs to develop and use these seven skills:
The program provides ongoing National Character Education Foundation (NCEF) support, Staff Development/Handbook, Student Material, Program Promotional Posters, a school-wide Motivational Assembly, and Program Evaluation.