Road Trip Program Details

Daily Schedules | Digital Badging | Evaluations | Field Trips | Journal Prompts | Presenters & Vendors | Program Start-up Tools | Technology | Yearbooks

Daily Schedules

In these folders you will find resources to create daily schedules for a program transitioning students into seventh or ninth grades. In each folder you will find the schedule for that day, resiliency trait, and supporting documents to duplicate the days activities. For each transition we utilized the Resiliency protective factors as the theme. Some protective factors are repeated with each transition year and others are new. For more background information on the resiliency protective factors follow this link: .

Click on an item below to view templates of our Daily Schedules.

Transition to 7th Grade

Transition to 9th Grade

Daily Schedules Main Folder

Digital Badging

In an attempt to gamify Road Trip curriculum and activities, digital badging was implemented. Students were encouraged to earn badges to post on their Road Trip e-Portfolios. Students were very motivated to earn badges in order to place within their website.

Click on the link below to find out how we used Digital Badging.

Digital Badging Link


Data: Specific student data was collected annually and reported by cohort

  • Data included the number of D’s & F’s by semester
  • Number of absences
  • Number of clubs joined
  • Number of suspensions

This information is used to compare and contrast with the comparison group of students that
were identified to participate in the program and opted out. The students are followed through
high school completion.

Notify the school at the beginning of the school year immediately following the Summer Road
Trip of the cohort students and the comparison students along with data templates so that
students can be flagged in the Student Information System early on.

If students transferred outside the district we tracked them when possible (within our county).

Student selection is via teacher recommendation of students at risk academically, not with
severe behaviors. One or two leadership students were asked to participate as the “glue” to
model appropriate confidence and resilience. None of the students and most staff are not
informed as to whom the leadership students are.

The GOAL is that the resiliency skills learned will have a positive impact on overall improvement
including academics, absenteeism, engagement, etc.

Research: H. Stephen Glenn, Burns notes: “Less time spent in the presence of positive role models, more time in
the negative influences, fewer opportunities to be involved and challenged in meaningful ways, fewer
opportunities to contribute to the well-being of others, less bonding and connectedness, and greater
access to alcohol and other drugs – all… add up to our present-day crisis”

From Bonnie’s (Benard) (by Kathy Marshall, Executive Director – National Resilience Resource Center)
early works we know caring and support, opportunities for meaningful participation and encouraging
high expectations change kids’ lives. We also know that for adults to become caring and inviting and
encouraging requires that they tap their own natural resilience and live in a secure state of mind.

Click on the link below to find out how we used Evaluations.

Evaluations Folder

Field Trips

“It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.” - Ansel Adams

Every great road trip needs some inspiring points of interest and stop-alongs that enhance the overall experience. Road Trip: Journey to Success is no exception. When you’re planning this trip, it’s a good idea to budget in 1-1.5 days for every 5 days of program to take an actual field trip. These trips should highlight the resiliency word of the day as well as reinforce other concepts presented in the program. Included herein are forms, sample documents and other information you’ll need for planning field trips.

Click on the link below to see resources about Field Trips.

Field Trips Folder

Journal Prompts

“We do not learn from experience … we learn from reflecting on experience.” John Dewey

The Road Trip staff members planned summer experiences to be hands-on, enriching, and expansive. In many ways, we wanted the participants to expand their own horizons and see new opportunities. We utilized journaling to highlight the themes of resiliency, set the stage for experiences, and offer a setting for reflection. The journaling prompts were written to:

  • Use, encourage students to use, and reinforce vocabulary and concepts of resiliency. Staff themed days, in part, to revolve around a particular characteristic of resilience. Morning journal prompts helped to introduce the term and encouraged students to put on the lens of that characteristic. End-of-day prompts asked for reflection about that characteristic.
  • Apply the concept or characteristic of resiliency to a particular guest speaker or activity – to see the persistence, for example, in the life story of a person whose injury left him in a wheelchair.
  • Reflect on the day’s activities in regard to learning about themselves: Did they discover a personal skill or preference? Did they see a link to a possible career? Might they consider college?
  • Provide staff with insights to the students’ perceptions about guest speakers, activities, and concepts of resiliency. What did the students embrace? What did not connect as well as we had hoped?

In our case, we utilized technology, through Google Docs and Google Classroom, to be able to collect and access student journals. This allowed staff to check in on students daily. Additionally, we tapped into journals to pull quotes for community members following the progress of the Road Trip and provide possible quotations for yearbooks.

Click on an item below to find out how we used Journals during Road Trip.

Journal Prompt Samples

Journal Prompt Student Exemplar

Journal Prompt Folder


Presenters & Vendors

As with any important journey, Road Trip: Journey to Success is made possible and enhanced by great guides along the way. When it made sense and added something to students’ experience, program staff brought in experts and community partners to deliver presentations and activities central to a given day’s resiliency concept. Working with partners is key to keep participating students engaged and active.

Click on the link below for a sample list of partners that have participated in the pilot program so far. Please feel free to partner with vendors and presenters beyond the ones listed here.

Presenters & Vendors Folder

Program Start-up Tools

In this folder you will find documents to assist with giving an identity to the program, information on meetings with teachers to help select students and information to help plan a general meeting with parents. The parent meetings will introduce program concepts, timeline and gain parent permission for students to attend.

Click on a link below to find more information about Program Start-up.

Program Start-up Tools Folder


During the Road Trip program we utilized technology in every way possible. From student interaction using Google Classroom, to creating animated pixel art, tech use was paramount to our mission.

Click on the link below to find out what technology we used during Road Trip.

List of Technology Used


After each cohort summer session, we provided Road Trip students with a yearbook to commemorate the experience. Yearbooks were used to capture the events held during the summer program. They were printed and delivered before the final day to give students a chance to write to each other. We used Adobe InDesign to create these yearbooks and have added a sample template for others to use.

Click on an item below to see our Yearbooks.

Yearbook - Cohort 1 7th Grade Summer

Yearbook - Cohort 2 7th Grade Summer

Yearbook - Cohort 1 9th Grade Summer

Yearbook Template (InDesign File)

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