Motivation and Student Engagement for Youth in Residential Facilities

Room: Commonwealth 1

Educating youth in residential facilities is very different from how teachers are taught to teach in traditional public school settings. Many typical best practice methods are not successful and behavior management presents different challenges. These students also have much more at stake as their education has most likely been interrupted causing knowledge gaps. This presentation shows who students who have been labeled “at-risk” are actually “at-promise” with promising futures ahead of them.

Student engagement and academic achievement goal theory will be the foundation of this interactive presentation that sends participants away with hands on ideas and methods to implement immediately into their programs. These will not only help the students but also staff retention as it will make the classroom a more pleasant environment for everyone.


Helen Avis, Ph.D

Coordinator of Outcomes and Education , Methodist Home for Children