The Transfer Student Induction Model, or TSIM was designed to support highly mobile students and their specific social, emotional, and academic needs. Developed the fall of 2010, this model was designed as a Tier 1 support with practical steps to protect an existing school climate.
During my three years as an assistant principal I noticed a disturbing trend. Each year students joined our learning community midyear and appeared to feel disconnected and struggle to find success. Despite our best efforts there was no uniform way to track the progress of new students. This issue became more evident as I examined disciplinary data in the spring and noticed the relatively high number of new students with referrals. This trend surfaced annually and resulted in a predictable reactive response from administration and staff. Clearly something was amiss.