At Crossroads Center, we have a very focused mission. We work hard to make certain that each one of our students graduates on time and is prepared to pursue college, a career, or additional training after high school. We believe that students today need to be creative thinkers and problem solvers, and that they need to be able to work effectively on a team. They need to be able to access information and apply technological tools. By teaching Twenty-First Century skills, we are working hard to prepare our students to meet these challenges.
Educators can help students to reach their potential and excel, not just by structuring learner centered classrooms. They also must be good at giving students feedback on their performance. They need to ensure that each student shows growth and academic progress. They need to care about their students and mentor them. Teachers and other educators need to be good coaches. They need to build positive relationships with students. Successful teachers know that it is not enough to only know the content; they must also know how to communicate with young people in a way that shows honest concern and interest. Students need to rely on us to help them to set goals and to understand that success doesn’t always come easily.
One of the ways that we ensure that our students have a realistic idea about their performance in school is to provide regular, constructive feedback in each class. Teachers are encouraged to have meaningful discussions with students about performance. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own performance, and make the needed improvements in a timely fashion. We are not content with just earning good grades. At Crossroads, we want to ensure that all of our students master the standards that are part of all of their studies. We hope that this feedback will help our students craft real goals and persevere through problem areas.
As we move into the 2016-2017 school year, I am excited to report that each Crossroads student with have the use of his or her own digital device for use in school. Technical tools like these will enable us to personalize learning more effectively. They will also enable our students to apply their creativity and problem solving more efficiently.
I am also excited to begin the year with renewed sense of partnership with our parents and community. Together, we will make 2016-2017 an outstanding year for Crossroads students!
John S. Ward
The Crossroads Center is an alternative program, which provides educational and social/emotional support services to students in grades 7-10 who experience academic challenges. Students at the Crossroads Center are at “a crossroad” in their educational process and in their personal lives. The mission of the program is to build the self-discipline, coping mechanisms, and academic skills students need by providing educational and support services necessary to enable each learner to maximize their potential. As students work through our program, they will constantly make decisions, take on the role of life-long learner and see how their decisions affect their lives and ultimately direct their future.
The program supports the goals, performance indicators, and key strategies of Blueprint 2.0 while incorporating alternative approaches to meet the needs of each student.
To inspire students who are at a crossroads in their educational experience to overcome academic and social/emotional challenges through alternative teaching and learning.
The Crossroads Center
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2015 Maryland Report Card for Crossroads Center