We create intervention policies, programs, and steps to help them succeed. However, it's always the successful individuals telling the unsuccessful student how he/she is going to be motivated to get out of the mess that we/they/society has created for them.
In the meeting, we thought of something, and I have no clue if it'll work. Our idea is to bring these students (we have identified 4, and they're all pretty straight shooters when it comes to reality) in to a meeting and come up with ways that they, not we, think we should be designing remediation in order for them to graduate as a successful and prepared human being.
I'll keep you posted. Until then, I'm all ears on ways that struggling students feel the education system can be altered. Don't give me research from some Harvard grad. I want thoughts from a kid who's been there. I don't know there.
There (noun): any variation of constantly hungry, tired, dejected, lack of home support, lack of social support, minimal success in family and social life, very little academic success, thoughts of dropping out... or worse.