Davenport Schools Produces “I’m Here for You” Graduation Video
The Davenport Community Schools recently teamed up with Mickle Communications to produce a YouTube video designed to help high school students stay in or return to school. The video, titled I’m Here for You, gives faces to the many individuals at the District ready and willing to help students who are struggling to complete their degree and students who have already dropped out to drop back in and finish. The video can be viewed by clicking above or by visiting this link.
Superintendent Art Tate reported that the video is just one of the major efforts being made to ensure that schools offer a variety of programs and approaches to keep students in school. It makes viewers aware of the hotline in place for students and families to seek support services to stay in or return to school through support services and the Reengagement Office. The video’s goal is to further escalate the nearly 4% graduation rate increase that occurred from the 2012-13 to the 2014-15 school year, as reported by the Iowa Department of Education.
The District also recently held a Graduation Summit as part of its ongoing graduation strategies where attendees talked about what else the District can do to bolster graduation rates. These are ongoing efforts in which the district continues to look at data and programming to meet the varied needs of our students.
The task force in charge of producing the video, implementing outreach programs, and holding Drop Back In events has been operating under Dr. Tate’s direction since the 2011-12 school year to institute plans and procedures to increase the graduation rate for the school district. Dr. Tate has stated that increasing the graduation rate is one of the major opportunities confronting him and the entire school district.