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Column: District 518 aids students with EDGE program

District 518

WORTHINGTON -- EDGE (Enrichment. Directed towards. Gaining and. Extending knowledge) Targeted Services is an afterschool/summer program that assists District 518 students in being better students and citizens. First- through eighth-grade services include academic tutoring and social skills development. Targeted Services is taught by certified teachers, and educational assistants may assist students (under the teacher's direction).

Who qualifies for District 518 EDGE Services? Children are referred to Targeted Services (EDGE) programming by District 518 teachers. Targeted Services is a prevention program intended to address the needs of young learners before successful graduation is at risk. Learners must meet the state-established criteria listed below to qualify for services (Minnesota Statute 124D.68):

• Consistently fails or struggles with classes

• Has more hands-on learning style

• Demonstrates low motivation, easily frustrated, sudden drop in grades, absenteeism, or classroom problems

• Is below one or more grade levels in achievement

• Is overwhelmed in classes in large numbers

When does EDGE Meet? We are running our EDGE programming through Worthington Area Learning Center from 3:15 to 4:50 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (on days when school is in session) at Prairie Elementary. We also meet with our fifth- through eighth-graders from 2:45 to 4:40 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (on days when school is in session) at Worthington Middle School. We also offer a summer program for first- through eighth-grade students. Summer programming is offered the month of June each year.

What kinds of things will ISD 518 students work on at EDGE? Student activities will depend on each student's individual need. A Continual Learning Plan (CLP) will be written for each child, outlining the specific needs to be addressed. The EDGE teacher will work with the child's classroom teacher to develop the CLP.

Goals in the Continued Learning Plan could include help finishing assignments, assistance in reading, math or writing, developing organizational skills and teaching of social skills. Direct instruction by staff will be supplemented by educational computer programs that meet the student's needs.

If you have any additional questions regarding District 518's EDGE programming, please contact me at 372-1605 or

Nate Hanson is ALC Assistant Principal/Targeted Services Coordinator for District 518.