Building Authentic Relationships with Youth At Risk

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Aired on: November 10th, 2009

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Gayle McGrane

Gayle McGrane is a principal at two schools in the Forest Lake Area Schools, Minnesota. The Forest Lake Area Learning Center is an alternative school for students in grades six through twelve and is viewed as a model program in the state. Central Montessori Elementary School is an elective elementary school based on the philosophy of Maria Montessori. As well as being an educational, Ms. McGrane is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She has over 30 years experience in the fields of child/adolescent mental health and education, and has been published in both educational and social work publications. She has presented in several venues on various topics relating to young people who qualify as "at risk." Her current work in building authentic relationships with youth at risk is based in her social work background and applied daily in her role as a principal. Ms. McGrane is the author of the upcoming NDPC monograph, "Building Authentic Relationships With Youth At Risk."

This Week's Topic

Authentic relationships between students and educators are important in the process of learning. Building these relationships with disengaged or “at-risk” students can be difficult at best. This webcast presents an overview of an approach to building authentic relationships based on the experience, insights and educational background of the presenter.

Gayle McGrane is a principal at two schools in Forest Lake, MN, one being an alternative secondary school. As well as being an educational, Ms McGrane is a clinical social worker, and approaches building relationships with students from her background in social work. Building trust as a means to building relationships is presented as the base of this approach. The theory behind it and the five essential strategies to building trust are also presented.


Presentation Slides pdf.

40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents pdf(2006).

Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory pdf(2009).

McGrane, G. (2010). Building Authentic Relationships with Youth At RiskEffective Strategies. Clemson, SC : National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.

McGrane, G. (2011).  Building Authentic Relationships With Youth At Risk. Professional Development Series.

Benard, B. (1991).  Fostering Resiliency in Kids:Protective Factors in the Family, School, and Community pdf.

National Storytelling Network.

School Climate and Learning pdf(2004).  Best Practice Briefs

The Comer School Development Program(2010).

The Search Institute(2010).

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (2009).  Video: Building Relationships Through Storytelling in Action.

McGrane, G. (2010).  Who Am I? pdfIn  Building Authentic Relationships with Youth at Risk. Clemson, SC : National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.

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