Ms. Pierce
  • Monique Pierce - CIS Graduation Coach

    The Middle School Graduation Coach (MSGC) Program is designed to ensure the successful transition of all students from elementary to middle school and from middle school to high school.  The MSGC Program will provide a comprehensive prevention and intervention program for at-risk middle school students and will help prepare all students for their high school and post-secondary career.





    The Middle School Graduation Coach will work to ensure the smooth transition of middle school students from elementary school to middle school and from middle school to high school. 


    Middle School Graduation Coaches will:


    Identify at-risk students

    • Utilize the components of a profile of characteristics of potential dropouts developed by the National Dropout Prevention Center to identify middle school students with a high probability of not graduating
    • Conduct an analysis that focuses on data for individual students and subgroups using the prescribed tools and/or assessments


    Develop School-wide Support and Intervention

    • Work with faculty and administrators to develop a grade recovery program and to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of identified at-risk students
    • Attend and redeliver as appropriate all required Middle School Graduation Coach training provided by the Georgia Department of Education, and/or other collaborative partners
    • Provide training and/or support to middle school and high school teachers on support measures that work with youth identified as at-risk of not graduating

    Generate School Support and Develop Graduation Team(s)

    • In collaboration with a school’s existing leadership team, develop a Graduation Team(s) that includes administrators, teachers, advisors, counselors, school social workers and/or any other relevant service providers


    • The Graduation Team(s) will help identify at-risk students; assess school and student needs; and develop and coordinate appropriate interventions


    • Graduation teams may utilize existing school-based teams (e.g., School Leadership, School Improvement, and/or Student Support)


    Provide Direct Service and Case Management

    • Develop and implement individual, small group, and whole school intervention and prevention strategies to increase the likelihood that students will stay in school and graduate


    • Work with students to develop an education and career
    • plan (e.g., Peach State Pathways) to include the best program of study to meet academic, graduation, and post-secondary goals


    • Incorporate a personal/social skills program (e.g., character education, motivation, goal-setting, conflict management, etc.) for at-risk students


    Develop Transition Programs and Vertical Teams with Elementary and High Schools

    • Collaborate with feeder elementary school(s) to identify elementary school students at-risk of middle school failure


    • Conduct quarterly vertical team meetings among elementary, middle, and high school faculty and staff


    • Develop action steps to improve individual student and subgroup transition success rate


    • Collaborate with teachers, counselors, and/or advisors to assure the development of transition programs for 5th graders and 8thgraders to help students successfully adapt to the middle school experience and the rigor of high school


    Develop Relationships with Parents/Guardians, Community Organizations, and Other Resources

    • Connect individual students and their parents/guardians with community organizations and programs, such as Communities In Schools, Family Connections, Georgia College 411, as well as area technical colleges


    • Develop or work with local mentoring programs, business and/or community partners to connect individual students with mentors


    • Provide support and outreach to parents/guardians of students identified as being at risk of not graduating


    Assessment and Reporting

    • Track the progress of individual students and school subgroups as they progress toward high school


    • Conduct and analyze on-going formative and summative evaluation data of program effectiveness


    • Provide and submit reports to the Department of Education and Communities In Schools as scheduled and requested