Theresa Swickla joined the Come Back Kids Charter (CBK) with Riverside County Office of Education as a principal in 2015. The Come Back Kids Charter School is a drop out recovery program for students 16-23 years interested in earning a high school diploma or high school equivalency. Offered at 23 sites around Riverside County, the CBK program uses an individualized instruction/independent study model as the primary plan. Theresa has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Masters of Arts in Management with a GIS emphasis. Theresa is the testing coordinator for CBK and is active in curriculum development and expansion, especially with UC “a-g”. Theresa is the independent study expert for RCOE and has been instrumental in training staff and stream lining independent study procedures. She is a Leading Edging Certified Administrator and has used her knowledge of social media to develop a targeted marketing and outreach strategy for CBK. A recent focus has been on introducing NGSS to teachers, concentrating on engaging students with high interest, hands on activities that get students to ask questions, experiment and analyze data. Theresa lives in Temecula with her husband and children and enjoys snow skiing and spending time with her family.
Operations Economic and Workforce Development Values and Decisions: A Blended Learning Approach Faced with the urgent need to address the social emotional learning (SEL) needs of our students, Come Back Kids (CBK) has developed a unique comprehensive strategy for addressing those concerns served in an independent study setting. CBK is a dropout recovery and prevention charter school operated by the Riverside County Office of Education. Over 90% of our students are between the ages of 18 and 24 and virtually all have experienced multiple educational, social, and emotional challenges that have affected their educational success. Our goal was to provide a Tier one intervention that would improve retention and graduation rates as well as develop social capital with adult students and staff. The development of the Values and Decisions Course in the on-line learning platform, blended learning model was the result. Values and Decisions is a two-semester elective course comprised of ten online learning modules. It is a school-wide intervention funded in our LCAP addressing State Priorities: Student Engagement, School Climate, and other Student Outcomes. Our staff is evaluating the effects of student growth from pre/post surveys and comparing student attendance rates, retention rates, and enrollment in advanced courses by students who have completed the Values and Decisions on-line SEL course.
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