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Evidence Based Program Development

Evidence Based

Employed a quasi-experimental design to examine the effects of a school-based youth participatory action research program on the education outcomes of participating high school students.

  • Increased Attendance Rates
  • Increased Academic Scores
  • Published JREE March 2018

A-G Course Approved

PLUS engages students in identifying and addressing critical issues related to school climate.  Students swill participate in Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) projects which includes:

  • Research and evaluation
  • Project planning and execution
  • Leadership and critical thinking

MTSS/PBIS Universal Intervention

PLUS Becomes an Extension of the Multi-Tiered System of Support. Data Driven Program Development where activities serve as interventions for the data findings. Which include:

  • Data Gathering and Analysis
  • Cross-Age Mentoring Activities
  • Student Led Forums

PLUS in the News:

University Southern California Safe Communities Institute Adds PLUS Program to Safe School Climate Certification

University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy Safe Communities Institute (SCI), in partnership with PCE Solutions, offers a Trainer Certification Course (TCC) for individuals who are interested in receiving a Safe School Climate Certificate (SSCC) and recognized as a certified trainer in the Peer Leaders Uniting Students Program (PLUS) Program. The Safe School Climate Certificate program will engage participants with critical insight on emerging trends impacting a safe learning environment.  The SSCC prepares educational leaders with the knowledge base, technical skills and program development methods needed to effectively establish a safe and supportive school climate for all students and staff.  This comprehensive certification program goes beyond just building capacity in educational leaders, it will actually equip participants with the essential tools and proven curriculum to increase engagement in students and effectively build a safe school climate.  Participants will become certified trainers of the PLUS Program, an evidence-based Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) model that is used by educational leaders as a tool to implement their action plans.

PLUS Adds Proven Global student self Leadership Curriculum to classroom with Blanchard Institute partnership

Ken Blanchard is world-renown for developing effective leadership concepts, well-researched models and practical skills.  The PLUS Program has partnered with the Blanchard Institute to bring their proven global leadership model to our PLUS Team members.  Blanchard Institute's Student Self Leadership Complete Course is for facilitators of middle school and high school students who need a flexible method to teach students to become self leaders. The course design fits the needs of facilitators and students. It can be taught over a quarter, a semester, a year or modified to teach over a weekend. Teachers and facilitators can learn to facilitate the course successfully using online videos, slides, lesson plans and handouts. These same items can then be used to teach students. No training for trainers is required.

Managers and employees worldwide have been trained in these concepts developed by Ken Blanchard. Now PLUS Team members across the country have the opportunity to learn the same time- tested, real-life leadership skills at an early age.

Stockton USD PLUS Program helps Raise Graduation Rates!

Featured on PBS

Watch the PBS article to learn how the Stockton Unified School District's PLUS Program helped turn around its graduation rate, going from a "dropout factory" to a success story.

In 2012, the Stockton Unified School District refocused on the implementation of a strong School and Law Enforcement Partnership  and PLUS Program development that serves to Protect, Connect and Educate all kids.

This PBS news article details the success of the Stockton USD efforts in creating a safe school environment and keeping kids in school and off the streets.  When kids are connected, feel safe and have meaningful participation in schools, the outcomes can lead to significant changes on school campuses and in community.

University Research

Evidence-based interventions are practices or programs that have evidence to show that they are effective at producing results and improving outcomes when implemented. The kind of evidence described in ESSA has generally been produced through formal studies and research. Under ESSA, there are four tiers, or levels, of evidence:

  • Tier 1 – Strong Evidence: supported by one or more well-designed and well-implemented randomized control experimental studies.
  • Tier 2 – Moderate Evidence: supported by one or more well-designed and well-implemented quasi-experimental studies.
  • Tier 3 – Promising Evidence: supported by one or more well-designed and well-implemented correlational studies (with statistical controls for selection bias).

Interventions applied under Title I, Section 1003 (School Improvement) are required to have strong, moderate, or promising evidence (Tiers 1–3) to support them.

Register now for an upcoming conference!

The PLUS program sponsors multiple conferences throughout the school year.  Working with Universities, State Departments, County Offices and School Districts from across the country, PLUS Staff members can find a variety of professional development conferences to attend.  Conferences include:

  • School Climate Conference
  • Safe Schools Conference
  • EDU Data Conference
  • Stop School Violence Summit

Visit PCE Solutions to learn more - www.pcesolutions.org

School Climate Conference October 25 - 27, 2020

Join PLUS at the #1 Rated Resort in the USA!

Come join colleagues from across the country at America's #1 Resort and Casino in the heart of Southern California wine country. The School Climate Conference will bring the latest research, data trends and program development strategies to participants seeking to enhance their school climate initiatives.

The School Climate Conference will serve a diverse cross section of educators and community providers that include: school and district administrators, counselors, activity directors, teachers, youth development coordinators, after school administrators, athletic directors, probation officers, and many more.

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