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Tim King: There is no silver bullet solution to the dropout crisis

Tim King: There is no silver bullet solution to the dropout crisis | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Tim King had some really insightful thoughts about what makes for a successful school in a guest column he wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times.
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7 High School Dropouts Who Went On To Do Incredible Things | Noodlings | Noodle

These seven musicians, entrepreneurs, actors, and entertainers went through the tough decision to drop out of high school, but yet they continued on to achieve great success. (RT @NoodleEducation: Do you know who this famous high school dropout is?
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The Major Disadvantage Facing Black Students, Even In Kindergarten

The Major Disadvantage Facing Black Students, Even In Kindergarten | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Sixty years after the Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education integrated the nation’s classrooms, black and white students still largely attend different schools, even during their earliest years.
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New Approaches To Discipline Strive To Keep Kids Out Of Jail

New Approaches To Discipline Strive To Keep Kids Out Of Jail | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

n they screw up.............Teen courts and restorative justice are focused on cutting off the "school-to-prison pipeline."

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So many ways to support students to do the right thing and make it better when they screw up............

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AnnC's curator insight, June 27, 5:53 PM

Keeping young people out of the prison pipeline - prevention is crucial!

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Housing Policy Is School Policy

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Something I've thought a great deal about...........I think this option has much merit .  

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AnnC's curator insight, June 27, 5:59 PM

Building integrated neighborhoods could solve many educational problems.

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Integration: New Concepts for a New Era

Integration: New Concepts for a New Era | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
School desegregation remains a goal worth pursuing, but by different, more nuanced means than schools used to employ, Leonard Stevens writes.
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"With implementation equal to the goal, the Nashville initiative has a promising future not unrelated to the spirit of Brown v. Board of Education."

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Promoting Protective Factors: Research Brief

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Focused efforts are needed to support at-risk youth.  Which areas will be most helpful?

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Instructional Leadership and Poverty

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The Equity Project at Indiana University

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The Equity Project at Indiana University
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The Equity Project is a consortium of projects dedicated to providing high quality data to educational decision-makers in order to better understand and address issues regarding educational equity and bridge the gap between research and practice. Our mission is to provide evidence-based information specific to issues of school discipline, school violence, special education and equality of educational opportunity for all students. In addition, the project provides support and technical assistance to educational agencies seeking to create equitable school systems.
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Giving Up on 4-Year-Olds

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A report showing the use of excessively punitive policies in public schools against our most vulnerable children should shame the nation.
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"Earlier this year, it issued extensive guidance to school districts on how to recognize and avoid discriminatory practices, and it called for more training for teachers in classroom management. School districts need to re-examine how they discipline students, especially the youngest and most fragile in their care."

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INTERVENTION Beats Retention! - YouTube

Michigan House Bill 5111 would retain third-graders that test below grade-level in reading. There are better options. VIDEO: Les Howard, Literacy Education C...
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Retention does not WORK!

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Martin Luther King Jr. 'I Have a Dream' Speech Full Text Transcript: MLK Jr. Day 2014 Celebrated Across America (Full Speech Video)

Martin Luther King Jr. 'I Have a Dream' Speech Full Text Transcript: MLK Jr. Day 2014 Celebrated Across America (Full Speech Video) | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014 will be marked on Monday, January 20, with the nation celebrating the birthday of the historical civil rights leader.
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Taking time to remember..........

"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."

The pockets of poverty on our planet, still, include people of color, primarily. This is deeply disturbing. 

What will free us is the slow melding of the skin colors. I believe in the US, for the first time, more babies of color were born. White is no longer the majority here. I want to live to see this change so that...........ALL " little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

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New program to help Trenton students with behavioral, emotional problems

New program to help Trenton students with behavioral, emotional problems | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
The new Harrison Alternative Program was begun this September, replacing the Rivera Learning Community.
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Alternative needs to start earlier!

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Day of the girl: innovation through education

Day of the girl: innovation through education | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
ICT access alone won't empower girls, unless it is made part of a holistic strategy that tackles gender inequality, discrimination and poverty (Day of the girl: innovation through education | Global Development Professionals Network | Guardian Professional...
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On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. For its second observance, this year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”

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Jessica Koporetz's curator insight, May 13, 12:15 PM

The idea that “knowledge is power” speaks throughout this article. In rural parts of Africa it is a struggle for girls to access things that so many of us take for granted, such as computers. “When a girl succeeds to sit at a computer…a boy will raise his voice…saying ‘why should you be holding a computer mouse when at the end of the day you will hold a baby’s napkin. ‘” According to the article three steps need to be made in order for girls to see equal rights in the education system. First, expand and extend girls connection and engagement. Secondly, increase the girl’s access to knowledge. Finally, improve governance and service delivery of these strategies.

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School Is Over for the Summer. So Is the Era of Majority White U.S. Public Schools.

School Is Over for the Summer. So Is the Era of Majority White U.S. Public Schools. | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
When schools reopen this fall, demographic changes will have tipped the balance to nonwhite students.
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New survey: U.S. teachers teach more students in poverty, with...

New survey: U.S. teachers teach more students in poverty, with... | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Interesting news release on teacher attitudes toward their jobs in the U.S. as compared to elsewhere: U.
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AnnC's curator insight, June 27, 2:26 PM

Teachers tend to be satisfied though they feel undervalued.

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Study of Montgomery County schools shows benefits of economic integration

Low-income students in Montgomery County performed better when they attended affluent elementary schools instead of ones with higher concentrations of poverty, according to a new study that suggests economic integration is a powerful but neglected school-reform tool.
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"This is not about 'poor kids can't learn,' " DeLuca said. "It's about the fact that we've had a legacy in this country of segregated neighborhoods and socioeconomic isolation from opportunities and the mainstream of life

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At Risk Student Intervention Implementation Guide

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Love this as it not only discusses the problem, but has bundled interventions that work in one easy to read document

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Why Integration Matters in Schools

Why Integration Matters in Schools | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Integration has a positive effect on almost every aspect of education that matters, and segregation the inverse, writes Derek Black.
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I think I am for it............

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Racial and Gender differences in science? Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Racial and Gender differences in science?  Neil DeGrasse Tyson | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Buried deep at the end of an obscure panel discussion.
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I completely love the message here! 

 

"Before we started talking about genetic differences, we need to come up with a system where there is equal opportunity, THEN we can have that conversation."

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To Reduce Inequality, Start With Families

To Reduce Inequality, Start With Families | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Bipartisan agreement about making daily life easier for working parents could have a profound effect on long-term economic trends.
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"We need to make it possible for all parents to give their kids the kind of head start that is increasingly becoming an exclusive birthright of the well-off."

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Learning Theories Gone Wild – Urban Myths that Hurt Your Learning Designs

Learning Theories Gone Wild – Urban Myths that Hurt Your Learning Designs | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
I had lunch with one of our team members last week, and she shared a story about her elementary-aged son that made me cringe. The teacher had students take a learning styles assessment to determin

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callooh's curator insight, March 6, 5:18 AM

Have you fallen prey to any of these learning myths?

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" The instructional design has to save them from themselves."

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, March 11, 5:59 AM

While this applies to adult Professional Learning, I think the principles can be applied to children as well.  These are great things to consider no matter who we are teaching.

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College admissions are a joke: Why the process has nothing to do with education

College admissions are a joke: Why the process has nothing to do with education | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
The truth is, SATs and college admissions in general are just about socioeconomic sorting. What's the point?
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The truth is, SATs and college admissions in general are just about socioeconomic sorting. What's the point?
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Jane Fonda: Raising Emotionally Literate Sons | Omega

Jane Fonda: Raising Emotionally Literate Sons | Omega | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
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"We need to do everything to raise our sons to be emotionally literate; to keep them connected head to heart.  Capable of intimacy and love and compassion and intimacy."

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Study: Poverty Influences Children’s Early Brain Development

Study: Poverty Influences Children’s Early Brain Development | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
A new study links poverty with slower early brain development. According to the study, children of low-income families have slower rates of growth in a number of areas, including two key parts of the brain.
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A different trajectory...

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Davina De Laure's curator insight, January 26, 5:29 AM

this is my insight

i was shock to find out how poverty influences children's early brian development. This is because environmental factors that contribute to slower brain development often come with poverty, such as poor nutrition, a lack of sleep, an unsafe environment, and a lack of books and educational toys.i think that the goverment should do something about this issuse so that every child would have a equally head start in life. seeing child suffering due to lack of resorces makes me think that i should be lucky to have a place to study and have a family that is well to do and also have books to study and we can also make a differance for this children by donating books that we have used instead of throwing it donating money clothes etc

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After reading this article, I think that the main factor which is hindering the children living in poverty is the environment they lived in.Children living in poverty lacked resources such as writing materials and books. Children do not have the basic materials a normal child needs. Children living in poverty have lack of nutrition, a shortage of sleep, an unsafe environment and a lack of books which results in a slower brain developmentParents could not afford to send their kids to school. Also, parents living in poverty are not highly educated too, hence, parents would be the greatest influence to children at the young age. I think that the government should set up free school for children living in poverty or poverty would be passed down from generations to generations with no education as it is very important. After reading this article, I think we should all be grateful and cherish what we have and how fortunate we are to have education.
Brandy Scaggs's curator insight, April 2, 6:56 AM

Linking poverty with slow early grown brain development.

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Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Restorative justice empowers students to resolve conflicts on their own, and it's growing in practice at schools around the country.

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The research on restorative justice is solid.  Key variables:  Restorative programmes are characterized by four key values:

Encounter:  Create opportunities for victims, offenders and community members who want to do so to meet to discuss the crime and its aftermathAmends:  Expect offenders to take steps to repair the harm they have causedReintegration:  Seek to restore victims and offenders  to whole, contributing members of societyInclusion:  Provide opportunities for parties with a stake in a specific crime to participate in its resolution
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J Cave's curator insight, November 18, 2013 11:57 AM

Restorative justice is something that I will be learning more about but on its face it seems like it is something that more schools should really look into.   Especially if it is effective and gives something for schools to use that may rely to heavy on suspensions and expulsions.