Credit Recovery Curriculum Reimagined for At-Promise Students

Mary Michael Pontzer
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 2:07pm

There are many reasons students can get off track on their journey to a high school diploma. Many times students facing academic obstacles are labeled "at-risk" students, often because of circumstances outside of their control. Educators across the country have begun to reframe the social lens in which we view struggling students by focusing on students’ possibilities and promise for success.  

Changing our label of students from "at-risk" to "at-promise" removes negative connotations that are associated with "risk" and replaces them with a strengths-based perspective. With the right support, every student, no matter what stumbling blocks they may have encountered in the past, has a chance at a brighter future filled with possibilities of success.

Educators aren’t the only ones who recognize the benefit of reframing the conversation about students who have gotten off track. Curriculum developers at Fuel Education have made a commitment to seeing students as "at promise" rather than "at-risk." This has been particularly instrumental in the design and development of Fuel Education’s new credit recovery courses.

Our new credit recovery offerings were built from the ground up to provide "at-promise" students the academic, social-emotional, and motivational support needed to help them persist in the courses and beyond. The embedded social-emotional learning support leverages core concepts related to grit and growth mindset to help students develop resilience and reframe their struggles as opportunities for future success.

Within the context of a credit recovery course, students learn about underdogs’ stories of success, "famous failures" who persisted, and other inspirational figures who will inspire them to persevere and stay motivated.

Learning Persistence: Course Examples

One of the famous failures that students will learn about in the new credit recovery courses is Babe Ruth. Most people remember Ruth as the "homerun king," but did you know that he held the record for strikeouts for many years, as well? Babe Ruth famously said, "Every strike brings me closer to the next homerun." The team at Fuel Education hopes that students will take Babe Ruth’s story to heart and remember to keep swinging despite their strikeouts.

Another lesson students will encounter in the new credit recovery courses involves many teens’ favorite pastime—video games! When students see "game over," they often immediately play again, and again! This lesson helps students understand that’s what they need to do in life. Failure is part of the process, but if you keep at it, you’ll get a lot better!

Other lessons help students develop a growth mindset, understand their persona learning style, learn to see problems as opportunities, and recognize the importance of effort.


At-A-Glance: How the New Fuel Education Credit Recovery Curriculum is Different

The new FuelEd Credit Recovery curriculum offers many benefits and features not found in other credit recovery courses:

  • We built our courses from the ground up to support learners who may need additional motivation and remediation.
  • We have created a motivational, self-paced learning environment with embedded social-emotional learning support, and growth-mindset approach to help students reframe their struggles as opportunities for future success.
  • Instructional videos featuring real teens who show students how concepts relate to the world around them are included throughout the curriculum.
  • Multimedia and interactive assets increase student engagement and help them better retain what they are learning.
  • Our new credit recovery courses are designed to work on desktops, laptops, and tablets so students can learn anytime, anywhere.
  • The curriculum is accessible and compatible with assistive technologies and devices such as screen readers.
  • Using SpeechStream technology, the new curriculum offers learning support tools, such as translation tools, dictionary, and screen masking to support multiple intelligences.

For more information visit the Fuel Education Credit Recovery page

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