Changes in ISDF
Supporting Those Who Need Support, Changes in ISDF
Steve Borer, Principal 7-12
Starting in the 2nd semester we are making some changes to our ISDF program. For those of you who donít know what ISDF is, I will try to explain. ISDF stands for Increase Success, Decrease Failure. ISDF was created three years ago as an intervention to provide more support and motivation for our students who were struggling academically.
ISDF works like this, after the failing list is pulled on Monday morning, students who are on the failing list must attend an ISDF period on Thursday and Friday of the same week. The ISDF period runs 3:09-3:33, a 25 minute period at the end of the day on Thursday and Friday. Every student is assigned a Viking time teacher who supports and helps the students during their ISDF period. The ratio of students to teacher is very low and teachers are often able to provide one on one assistance for their ISDF students. During ISDF students are able to receive support, time and access to teachers so they can succeed and get off the failing list. Students who are not on the failing list are free to go on Thursday and Friday at 3:09, thus there is motivation for every student to stay off the failing list.
ISDF has operated using the above format for the past three years. Over the past three years we have kept track of our data and the data suggests the number of students on the failing list has decreased. Thus ISDF has been successful for many of our students. However, in order to be fair we have had some students who have been on the failing list in multiple subjects who are still struggling within the current system. Therefore we are creating a few changes to ISDF to support those who need it most. We are now creating a Level 2, ISDF. Level 2, ISDF will provide more time, motivation and support for those who need it most. The current or past ISDF system we have used, will now be considered Level 1, ISDF.
Level 2, ISDF will add more intervention and will work like this: When the failing list is pulled on Monday morning, students who are on the failing list in 2 or more subjects these students must attend Level 2, ISDF. Level 2, ISDF will run from Tuesday until the following Monday during the last period of the day, which runs from 3:09-3:33. Level 2, ISDF students will be provided more time, motivation and support. Level 2, ISDF students are assigned a specific Level 2, ISDF teacher who will help support, and provide assistance to the student which will help them get off the failing list and help them experience success.
If you have any questions about our changes to the ISDF intervention please feel free to give me a call.
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