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East, Denfeld Students Get Support From 'WIN' Learning Program

Updated: 09/03/2014 8:35 AM
Created: 09/02/2014 3:50 PM WDIO.com
By: Briggs LeSavage
blesavage@wdio.com

As the Duluth School District welcomed back nearly 8,500 students to a new school year Tuesday morning, area high schoolers got a look at a new program set to support them in the learning process.

Students at Duluth East and Duluth Denfeld will be participating in a program called "WIN" or "What I Need." East's Principal Laurie Knapp said each day, student's will report to an advisory session for 30 minutes. 

Each day will have a different focus to help the students become well-rounded learners. She said on Monday, students will work on college plans and career development. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, they'll get help with core classes and on Fridays, students will participate in a half-hour reading session. 

Knapp said the change was partly due to school research and that it will fit in well with Professional Learning Communities the teachers will teachers will be taking part in this year. 

"(Teachers) will be able to talk about kids that they have in common and what kind of interventions would help those students become more successful," Knapp said. "So it's a collaboration piece. We all know that when people can collaborate and talk about what's going well and what's working that our teaching gets better, so it's a great opportunity to do that."

Knapp said the program was approved last Thursday, so school officials used Labor Day weekend to really adjust and prepare for the change. Knapp said things went smoothly when students arrived at East this morning. Teachers used the day to explain to students just what the WIN program is and how they hope it will help them learn. 

The program is set to be in full swing in a week or two. 

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