Target New Transitions provides rich resources to support high school freshmen both academically and emotionally. Academic Coaches answer the weekly homework needs in Algebra, Biology, Environmental & Earth Science, World Studies and Language Arts. These materials are used as supplements, helping students get extra practice or, often, to take a step back and practice foundational skills. Because Algebra is the gatekeeper subject and the one in which students need the most support, TNT has developed/accessed hundreds of content specific worksheets and activities to help students close critical learning gaps. All TNT Math work is aligned chronologically to a standard ninth grade Algebra text and supported by standards established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and Common Core Math Standards (CCMS). More than 45% of the 12,620 homework assignments completed by TNT freshmen to date have been in Math.
Every TNT study session also includes a Transition Activity designed to help freshmen process the dramatic move from middle to high school. Specifically, emphasis is placed and modeled on helping at-risk freshmen improve academic confidence; understand the importance of regular class attendance; focus on task completion; embrace self-motivating techniques and understand the importance of self-advocacy. Targeting many of the non-academic barriers to freshmen achievement helps build academic tenacity in participating TNT students. Weekly, the program offers materials and activities designed to counsel a social/emotional transition into high school. As our name suggests, TNT values these Transitions Activities and the ways in which they strengthen the student-Coach discussions and each freshman’s ability to reflect and think of him or herself as a unique individual.