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PREEMPTIVE RELATIONSHIPS


Preemptive Relationships Defined Staff members then found time in their schedules to consistently meet with the student; most commonly, staff would have a lunch discussion once a week and invite the student to bring lunch and perhaps a friend or a board game. As principal, I blocked off a twenty minute “basketball break” for my three COSTS students to play basketball with me in the gym. Students grew to look forward to these times- and staff did as well! We strove to build preemptive relationships with students in which we took the initiative to reach out and mentor them before a crisis or concern arose that prompted intervention. By acting in an anticipatory manner, we sought to identify the students’ unique needs and address those needs with a consistent approach. The COSTS program thus provided students with a safe, appropriately challenging, and succeeding environment.


Being a Consistent Mentor Ideas often die due to lack of consistency and follow through- as do relationships. We realized that the importance of this idea was in maintaining relationships that students could count on. The COSTS program provides these select students with the opportunity to engage in free and open conversation with their mentors in a trusting environment. The aforementioned trust is established by the foundation built by the COSTS mentors who followed though with their pledge. The weekly connection to our students is the keystone to the success of the program.


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Virginia Educational Leadership


Vol. 8 No. 1


Spring 2011


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