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Evidence based tools (and cool, pertinent links) for HS dropout and disporportionality prevention/intervention
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Why Can’t We End Poverty in America?

Why Can’t We End Poverty in America? | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

After years of effort and money, 46 million Americans are poor.’s not that the whole economy stagnated. There’s been growth, a lot of it, but it has stuck at the top. The realization that 99 percent of us have been left in the dust by the 1 percent at the top (some much further behind than others) came far later than it should have Hope nonetheless remains.

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What is the achievement gap? We talk about the...

What is the achievement gap? We talk about the... | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
What is the achievement gap? We talk about the achievement gap all the time in education and more frequently in greater politics as well. While many know what the achievement gap is in terms of...
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Making Sure That Poverty Is NOT Destiny

Making Sure That Poverty Is NOT Destiny | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

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Could Cutting Special Ed. Spending Improve Student Achievement?

Could Cutting Special Ed. Spending Improve Student Achievement? | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

At the federal and state level, the report recommends that:
• Federal maintenance-of-effort requirements that keep states and districts from reducing spending on special education should be done away with;
• No Child Left Behind's subgroup accountability and reporting requirements, including those for special education students, should be preserved; and,
• Greater flexibility in the use of federal special education dollars should be permitted.

 

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School Now Run By Teachers, Union, Had Turbulent History

School Now Run By Teachers, Union, Had Turbulent History | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
This piece comes to us courtesy of New Haven Independent. They set out to invent a new kind of school. (New Haven School Now Run by Teachers & Union! Is this the new model for education reform?
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Facing the School Dropout Dilemma

Facing the School Dropout Dilemma | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
This article complements the APA resolution on school dropout prevention with data from more recent research on child development, early childhood education, and social and emotional learning that helps to define the school dropout dilemma.
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Dropping the dropout rate

Dropping the dropout rate | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

Dropping the dropout rateThe Daily News of NewburyportAs for dropout prevention, districts must adopt an absence notification policy to parents and guardians in cases of multiple unexcused absences

 

.The author of this article describes new laws in place to reduce number of suspensions.  I would add that the goal is also to create alternatives to suspension .  In buildings with high incidence of suspension, systemic renewal may be warranted:  Systemic Renewal is "about continuous, critical inquiry into current practices, identifying innovations that might improve education, removing organizational barriers to that improvement, and providing a system structure that supports change" http://www.dropoutprevention.org/effective-strategies/systemic-renewal

 

And, the issue of poverty is always there. 

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Through the cracks. Parent's request for help was not attended to.

Through the cracks.  Parent's request for help was not attended to. | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Through the cracksMinneapolis Southwest JournalLINDEN HILLS — The Minnesota Department of Education in May directed Minneapolis Public Schools to revise its rules for identifying students in need of special education services in response to a...
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Saving the school: teachers overcoming the odds in an impoverished school

Saving the school:  teachers overcoming the odds in an impoverished school | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

In Michael Brick’s new book, ‘Saving the School,’ the author follows a group of educators trying to turn around a failing Texas high school, and shows that to overcome poverty, teachers must do more than just teach."why schools like Reagan often appear to be such blighted places: less because their teachers are uniformly uncaring or their students unmotivated than because so many impoverished schools have become, over the past 30 years, increasingly cut off from the mainstream of American society, situated in neighborhoods victimized by white and middle-class flight; asked to compete with charter schools; and then left to educate a greater proportion of poor, special education, and non-English speaking students than the public school system at large.   the raw numbers of education reform never tell the full story of what goes on within any classroom, let alone in the neighborhood that hosts it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’M UNDROPPABLE: Helping Students Beat The Odds

I’M UNDROPPABLE: Helping Students Beat The Odds | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

Through his social media campaign called “Undroppable,” Jason Pollack is  inspiring students to get their education, no matter the odds.

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Should Anything Be Done To Integrate Schools? : NPR

Integration efforts, from busing children out of district to opening charter schools, have proven controversial.  David Karp, author of Kids First and Sheryll Cashin, author of The Failures of Integration discuss why some schools are segregated and what, if anything, should be done about it.

     

There is a reason to believe that desegregation can be  a "game changer" for children born in poverty. This is a highly complex issue.  However..........desegregation can close gaps if done well.  

 

The achievement gaps were CLOSED and NOT at the expense of the majority. Choosing ECONOMIC integration may be the way to go. 

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School_Discipline_Brief.pdf

National

Center for

Culturally Responsive

Ed ucational Systems

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A gap worth attending to: minorities taking AP exams

A gap worth attending to:  minorities taking AP exams | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

An article about one district's attempt to close the gap between minorities taking AP courses. 

 

High School students in Woodland Joint Unified School District are taking more Advanced Placement (AP) exams and are passing them at higher rates. AP exams are administered by the College Board in the spring. They are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, and scores of 3, 4, and 5 are considered by the College Board to be indicators of college readiness.

 

According to Debra Calvin, Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, “Woodland Joint Unified School District recognizes the importance of ensuring students are college and career ready and is committed to increasing access to Advanced Placement programs for all students. We are glad to see the gains our high school students are making on this important measure of college readiness.”

 

Goal #2, which is the elimination of disproportionality among subgroups of students, as it relates to Advanced Placement classes.

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The achievement gap: By the numbers

The achievement gap: By the numbers | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
If you want to understand the achievement gap, look a these new statistics on educational access and persistence just released by the U.S. Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics.
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Bridgescape™ | EdisonLearning, Inc

Bridgescape™ | EdisonLearning, Inc | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
#Bridgescape is EdisonLearning’s dropout prevention and recovery program http://t.co/Z4w3519X...
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Dropout Prevention Book Bundle

Dropout Prevention Book Bundle | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Eye On Education (3 Resources to Prevent School Dropouts http://t.co/ODZeNDrx @FranklinABQ #edchat #atrisk #ntchat #cpchat...)...
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6 tips for Arts-based programs: help keep kids on track to graduate

6 tips for Arts-based programs:  help keep kids on track to graduate | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

Keeping kids on track to graduate takes effort and programs from many different directions.

One area that doesn’t get much attention, though, are out-of-school-time programs, particularly those that are arts-based.

Linda Charmaraman, of Georgia Hall, did a review of research called “School dropout prevention: What arts-based community and out-of-school-time programs can contribute.” She came up with six suggestions for the approaches arts-based programs should take:

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The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard

The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University is a university-wide initiative to help raise achievement for all children while narrowing racial, ethnic and socio-economic gaps...
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The Program on Intergroup Relations | Intergroup Relations

The Program on Intergroup Relations | Intergroup Relations | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

I was thrilled to facilitate discussions in a large local high school as part of the goals of this project. 

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Tony Smith, Ph.D.: Ask Obama, Romney How To Help Every Kid complete high school

Tony Smith, Ph.D.: Ask Obama, Romney How To Help Every Kid complete high school | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

"We need to move beyond the old answers of Left and Right, such as simply increasing public spending or privatizing public schools. We need to use existing resources more strategically and be more imaginative about building partnerships between our public schools and the private sector. Well-educated literate children are the most important renewable resource we have. Quality education is everyone’s responsibility.

 

If America’s public school systems don’t help kids from low-income families to overcome the barriers to achievement by creating real opportunities, then no one else will. To achieve our country’s bold economic and education goals, we must be disciplined and work hard together."

 

 


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‘How Children Succeed,’ by Paul Tough NY Times

‘How Children Succeed,’ by Paul Tough NY Times | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

For success, character trumps cognitive skills, Paul Tough says.

 

In this absorbing and important book, Tough explains why American children from both ends of the socioeconomic spectrum are missing out on these essential experiences. The offspring of affluent parents are insulated from adversity, beginning with their baby-proofed nurseries and continuing well into their parentally financed young adulthoods. And while poor children face no end of challenges — from inadequate nutrition and medical care to dysfunctional schools and neighborhoods — there is often little support to help them turn these omnipresent obstacles into character-enhancing triumphs.

 

Paul Tough brings us news of the psychological effects of income inequality, through stories of the people who feel these effects most acutely: our children.

 

Wonderful article.  Must have book. 

 

 

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UNDROPPABLE

UNDROPPABLE | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
About the Project

UNDROPPABLE is a social media campaign and feature length documentary "in the making" to highlight inspiring students who are going through a lot, but somehow are able to muscle through and graduate no matter what. Most of the times you hear about a school on TV it's because something bad happened in that community. UNDROPPABLE is here to show schools there are people in the media who want to shine a light on the BEST things that are happening at their schools. Students are graduating everywhere against great odds. These brave individuals are truly rock stars in their communities and they deserve a media platform to share their stories. UNDROPPABLE is here to change the conversation around the importance of supporting education at all costs. If we truly want to fix our world economy, we need to fix education first. Our schools are UNDROPPABLE, our students are UNDROPPABLE, and education is an issue that is UNDROPPABLE!

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“I Am Undroppable:” The Next Big Social Media Campaign Takes on Education Reform | Mobilize.org

“I Am Undroppable:” The Next Big Social Media Campaign Takes on Education Reform | Mobilize.org | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
@HuffingtonPost Wrote a blog abt Undroppable & #edreform.
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Discipline and Disproportionality in the New IDEIA | National Center on Response to Intervention

Discipline and Disproportionality in the New IDEIA | National Center on Response to Intervention | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

This presentation provides an overview of disproportionality as it relates to school discipline. It outlines the reporting requirements under IDEA 2004, highlighting those specific to disproportionality. It then provides information on the research underlying the disproportionality of minorities and students with disabilities in school discipline data. The presentation concludes by offering potential responses to disproportionality, including procedures stipulated by federal law and Local Equity Action Development (LEAD) Projects. The presentation was given by Russ Skiba, of the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University, at the Annual Meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children, held in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 6, 2006.

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Teach For All: Addressing global education gaps: Locations & Programs

Teach For All: Addressing global education gaps:   Locations & Programs | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

Ever heard of the Teach for All network? Their sole purpose is to make excellent education available to everyone...Teach For All addressing educational need around the world, which limits entire  cross-sections of students from reaching their full potential. 

 

In Chile, 95% of children in the highest income quintile complete secondary school, while only 30% of children in the lowest income quintile complete the same level of education.In Germany, 54% of 20-24 year-old ethnic minorities do not have the qualifications they need to obtain a skilled job.In Australia, students in the lowest income quartile are 2.5 years behind the average in science, reading and math.In Lebanon, students in state schools are 29% less likely to attend high school than their private school peers.In the United States, half of low-income children do not graduate from high school, and those who do perform on average at an eighth grade level.

 

 

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