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Quick Tips for All Credit Recovery Stakeholders

Quick Tips for All Credit Recovery Stakeholders

The most successful credit recovery programs are those in which everyone involved takes ownership. That being said, each stakeholder encounters different challenges throughout the journey. Here are some tips to get the most out of your program from the perspective of the three categories of stakeholders most invested in the program: administrators, teachers, and students.

Credit recovery tips for administrators
  • Define your goals. Include both concrete, data-based measures and more opinion-based goals.
  • Start by aligning your program not only with applicable state standards but also the in-person curricula being delivered in your classrooms. That will make it much easier for students to move between the programs when necessary.
  • When done correctly, credit recovery becomes very popular among students. Make sure that your criteria for entry are firm and best serve your mission goals.
  • Establish high standards for instruction, and make sure that all educators who will be involved with the program receive the proper credentials and professional development.
  • A blended approach generates a lot of data. Know where data will be going and how that data will be used to better inform instruction.
  • Design as much flexibility into your program as possible. The students most in need of credit recovery are often those who can’t fit traditional classroom learning into their lives.
Crecovery tips for instructors
  • Get your mindset right. Credit recovery students often find themselves in the program through no fault of their own (illness, family emergencies, etc.), and they can be just as successful as traditional students when given the opportunity.
  • Spend as much lead time becoming as familiar with any new systems as possible. No one likes to be in the position of the students knowing more about the program than the teachers.
  • Familiarize yourself with the analysis and the reporting capabilities of any systems you employ.
  • Parental involvement is just as important in credit recovery as it is in the traditional classroom—perhaps even more so. Have a plan to consistently reach out to parents on a regular basis.
  • Celebrate success. Make sure that students who accomplish a goal are recognized.
  • Be open to change. Methods may become more or less desirable when met with ever-changing data and technological advances.
Credit recovery tips for students
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, even if your credit recovery program has you working remotely. It doesn’t take long to send an email or open a chat window.
  • Take everything seriously. Even content that may seem below you has a purpose: building a strong foundation toward the skills with which you are struggling.
  • Take notes just as you would in a traditional classroom. The process of writing down notes does a lot more for your brain than just helping retain information.
  • Don’t rush. Trying to speed through a self-paced program may actually slow you down.
  • Learn how to access and analyze your data so that you can reveal insights about your developing skills.

Looking for more ways to improve your credit recovery program? Check out these best practices for ongoing credit recovery program management!

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Scott Sterling

Scott Sterling is a former English teacher who worked in Title I middle and high schools in St. Petersburg, Florida who is now a freelance writer who focuses on education. He is also a stay-at-home dad to his 4-year-old daughter Lily, who will soon be starting her own educational journey.