As we begin 2021 and the second half of our academic year, we are mindful of the role that self-esteem and self-efficacy play in the work we do with our students. All students are capable of succeeding once they believe they can, but sometimes it takes someone else believing in them to ignite an awareness of their own potential. Since our beliefs inform our ambition and our sense of worthiness, our staff team works to expand students’ definition of what is possible.
Below you will hear from two members of our 9th grade class who joined DTS in August and set their intention to be academically successful in high school. In doing so, they changed the trajectory of their lives as they left middle school with grades that would not lead them to high school graduation. They mapped out the steps they needed to take to achieve their goal, identified potential obstacles, planned possible solutions, identified their resources and then DTS provided them with the support they needed. I recently sat down (virtually) with Caroline and Isaac to discuss the phenomenal change, not just in their grades, but in how they see themselves as students today.