Teaching Nonconventional Youth
From the syllabus:
Concepts, characteristics and interventions that affect adolescents who have found difficulty being successful in school settings. Topics of the course include adolescent mental health, adolescent delinquency, gang identification and involvement, substance abuse, family violence and abuse, school-age parenthood, school dropout, antisocial and nonconventional behaviors and lifestyles. Candidates will learn about strategies to increase school engagement and positive social skills and habits that result in positive gains in academic and social behavior. This course is required of all single subject teaching credential candidates and does not require concurrent enrollment in a Clinical Practicum placement or a full time teaching position in a Catholic school (3 units).
- Articulate concepts and characteristics of nonconventional youth. (TPE 2, 5, 8 and 9 – CSTP 2 and 6)
- Describe and apply interventions designed to decrease school avoidance and concomitantly increase engagement and positive social skills and habits that result in positive gains in academic and social behavior. (TPE 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10, 11 – CSTP 1, 2, 5 and 6)
- Describe the roles and responsibilities of the various systems that assist adolescents including community schools, alternative education, mental health, social services, public health, probation, juvenile justice. (TPE 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10,11 – CSTP 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
- Describe strategies for assisting chronic truant and frequently absent students, as well as migrant and employed students. (TPE 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 – CSTP 1, 2, 4 and 5)
- Describe effective alternatives to suspension, expulsion, class removal and class failure. (TPE 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 – CSTP 1, 2, 5 and 6)