Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology
CAVIT will use ESSER III funding to provide to interventions to staff and students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ten teachers will be hired to provide summer programming using the Career Academies evidence-based intervention program. This summer program will serve at-risk students that include economic disadvantaged, academic disadvantaged, special populations (IEP/504), and SEL students who need to make up industry certification hours, master CTE technical skills, complete work-based learning internships, and prepare for industry licensure examinations. An additional janitor will be hired to address the increased workload caused by the COVID-19 virus to better support all staff, students, and visitors. The additional janitor will ensure that facilities remain as sanitized as possible to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. All employees will be provided with a $1,500 stipend over the three-year period if they successfully complete the school year. The purpose of the employee stipends is to address retention of staff and is in support of maintaining staffing at needed levels to ensure high quality services to meet student needs. Teachers will receive professional development training over the three year period to develop innovative, blended, and mastery-based models that respond to each student's individual academic needs. The first two trainings are Cooperative Learning I/II that is delivered with scientific research and proven best practices in transforming teaching and learning for students at risk. The third training to be offered is Social-Emotional Learning that delivers strategies for emotion-friendly teaching thereby giving students greater understanding of their own emotions, becoming more skilled controlling their impulses, are better at motivating themselves, resulting in more empathy, and improvement in social skills and relations. A wellness coach will be secured over a three-year period to provide training sessions to address students' emotional learning, mental health, and wellness concerns. The wellness training will modeled on the Michigan Model for Health K-12 curriculum and delivered to students during the regular school day.