Freshman On-Track Toolkit

Welcome! The NCS Freshman On-Track Toolkit is a collection of protocols, reports, resources, and artifacts used by our experienced Coaches in their daily work to help schools better support students through the critical first year of high school. 

The Toolkit provides your school or district with valuable information on how to develop educator teams that are focused on research, data, and successful practices to help freshmen succeed.

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Getting Started

NCS Coaches consider the Freshman Success Framework to be a foundational document. A Capacity-Building Model for School Improvement paper accompanies the Toolkit, capturing the NCS model and history, and situates our work within current research. Before digging into the Toolkit, explore these documents to guide your thinking.

Download the Freshman Success Framework (PDF) v
Download A Capacity-Building Model for School Improvement (PDF) v

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Success Components

The Toolkit is organized around four Components we believe are critical to implementing Freshman On-Track work. For each Component, you will find a collection of Tool Sets, or bundles of tools (including videos), organized to help you achieve freshman success goals.

Understanding Research & Applying Data

The application of research and data to practice is essential to On-Track work. In this Component, you will find tools to further your understanding of the On-Track research and data. 

Preparing to Lead

Strong leadership is vital to a successful On-Track initiative. In this Component, you will find tools to develop the capacity and leadership skills of Success Team Leads. 

Setting Conditions for Success

Trust and respect is the foundation for developing and sustaining a successful team. In this Component, you will find tools to create and cultivate a community among team members. 

Implementing School-Based Teams

Effective school-based teams are the anchors of successful On-Track initiatives. In this Component, you will find tools to support accountable adult collaboration focused on improving student outcomes.

Use the Toolkit

The entire NCS Freshman On-Track Toolkit is available for download. The download includes the About section, an Overview of the NCS Freshman Success Framework, and Tool Sets for all four Components.

Download the Full Toolkit (PDF) v

You may also download the About section, which includes information about NCS, Acknowledgements, and Creative Commons.

Download the About Section (PDF) v

If you are looking for an specific tool, please visit the A-Z listing of resources. 

See A–Z Listing of Resources >