New program seeks to help Guilford County students

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Guilford County Schools said a new program to help address discipline issues for African-American male students is paying off.

GCS started the Achieving Educational Excellence for African-American Male Students project in 2011; to improve school performance for black male students.

Data collected by the district showed that these students were being disproportionately suspended from school, which resulted in a huge loss of classroom time.

During the 2012-13 school, High Point Central High, Parkview Elementary and Ferndale Middle schools were selected to pilot a program that focused on new discipline strategies.

Officials said in its first year, the number of school days lost because of suspensions dropped by 49 percent for black male students attending the three pilot schools.

GCS attributes higher discipline issues as a major contributing factor to the achievement gap.

New strategies included professional training for teachers to address racism and working with families to make sure they were informed about school policies.

Guilford County Schools said it’s now considering implementing the program district-wide.

GCS attributes higher discipline issues as a major contributing factor to the achievement gap.

New strategies included professional training for teachers to address racism as well as working with families to make sure they were informed about school policies.

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