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Evidence based tools (and cool, pertinent links) for HS dropout and disporportionality prevention/intervention
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Challenges in Texas: Educating the New Majority

Challenges in Texas: Educating the New Majority | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

By 2050, nearly two-thirds of Texas public school students will be Hispanic and probably poor. But in the Laredo Independent School District, for one, that is already the case.  The district has also created a partnership with Texas A&M International University to create an early college high school in which students can take courses that allow them to graduate with college credits in hand.  “what you were born into does not have to be your lot in life, you are just going to have to dig down and really buy into our system of teaching and learning in the 21st century.”

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Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement | Edutopia

Kids Share Their Thoughts on Student Engagement | Edutopia | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

By Heather Wollpert-Gawron

 

"A while back, I was asked, "What engages students?" Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it would be so much better to lob that question to my own eighth graders. The responses I received from all 220 of them seemed to fall under 10 categories, representing reoccurring themes that appeared again and again. So, from the mouths of babes, here are my students' answers to the question: "What engages students?"


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Voices of the Dropout Nation: Faulty Education Traditionalist Thinking About Testing |

Voices of the Dropout Nation:  Faulty Education Traditionalist Thinking About Testing | | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

In this Voices of the Dropout Nation, Matt Barnum takes on these assertions and notes the growing evidence that shows the value and importance of testing in advancing the reforms needed to help all children succeed. Read, consider, and offer your own thoughts.

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Education Week: Spotlight on Dropout Prevention

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Recognizing the essential role of high school diplomas in their students' lives, this Spotlight examines how schools are using new strategies and a whatever-it-takes attitude to discourage dropping out and boost graduation rates.
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What Are the Top Reasons Kids Cut School?

What Are the Top Reasons Kids Cut School? | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
It's the second day of school in Chaparral High School, a day assistant principal Todd Peterson calls "the second happiest day in the world for all the kids." "They're measuring everybody up and they're making the decisions, one, if they like the...
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Treasured Tip - CHAMPS Classroom Organizaion, Discipline, Management

Treasured Tip - CHAMPS Classroom Organizaion, Discipline, Management | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

A 4th grade teacher's blog regarding her experience with CHAMPS for classroom management, discipline and organization.  CHAMPS is by Randy Sprick's Safe and Civil Schools.  It incorporates best practices in a framework that guides while allowing teachers to individualize to their classroom.  Teachers leave with a succinct classroom management plan . 

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This Teacher's Treasure blog was posted October 30, 2011.  It features a book called CHAMPS Classroom Management.  CHAMPS stands for Conversation, Help, Activity Movement, Participation, and Success.  The book also features the acronym SLANT which stands for Sit Up, Learn forward, Activate your thinking, Note important information, and Track the talker (or the Teacher).   The article asks teaches to teach their expectations regarding how to be successful within the structure that they have created.  Correcting misbehavior fluently is another main point in the article.  The blogger also concluded it seemed high maintenance and tough to keep up with on a daily basis.

 

According to the suggestions in this blog, good teachers are involved.  This is consistent with the discipline policies outlined in my other posts.  Although the book outlines this in more detail, teachers can develop an effective classroom plan that is proactive, positive, and instructional.  I like the concept of CHAMPS because it seems to me like they are all very obvious components of good classroom management, but when you speak them and have the kids speak them, they take ownership over them and it becomes a concrete expectation, in my opinion.  I think the strategies outlined in this book, especially SLANT will give a classroom the edge over others because these principles really encourage actively engaging the students; minds and bodies.  I am not totally sold on it because it does seem like a lot to keep up with, but I can see introducing it around December into the classroom once it starts getting excited about Christmas time coming up and seeing if the strategies are effective for classroom management.

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Sorting (and sifting) by color: How our gender norms breed bullying

Sorting (and sifting) by color:  How our gender norms breed bullying | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

Katie Goldman authored the book:   "Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear," released this month. In it, she explores the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which society fosters a fear of those perceived as different and what parents can do about it. 

 

This article discusses how our gender norms influence children early on, causing a fear of anything that "looks different".  Even department stores do it by sorting toys by color or having girl aisles and boy aisles. 

 

I'm thinking back to kindergarten when I played with the guys in the tonka truck and block area, wondering what the heck the girls found so fascinating about those dollhouses with silly Barbies.   I was teased....and, I suspect,  bullied into being a posing Ken and Barbie lover (by day)....tree-climbing skateboarder by night.  ; 0 

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Teacher Led Reform | Inside Higher Ed

Teacher Led Reform     | Inside Higher Ed | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

Teacher preparation for the 21st century: - Teacher-created assessment tool improves instruction at all levels   Essay argues that real teacher education reform is going on, led by the profession.  Results are promising.    http://t.co/L72eaVTO...

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Suspension: A "Pipeline to Jail"

Suspension:  A "Pipeline to Jail" | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

Suspension is a hot issue as it relates to disproportionality, dropout and students with IEPs.  We need to analyze, within our individual buildings, WHY there were no other alternatives to suspension.  Interventions are numerous, if CHANGE is the goal.  Just ask! : )


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The Principal is Key. Saving the School: A true story

The Principal is Key.    Saving the School: A true story | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

“Saving the School: The True Story of a Principal, a Teacher, a Coach, a Bunch .. A Texas school where the student body was 71 percent Hispanic, 26 percent black and 3 percent white; 88 percent of those kids were poor enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunch challenges "No Child Left Behind".   The fact is that the best schools are those that take their students wherever they are academically and move them forward as far as possible."   Focusing on the WHOLE picture with individual schools is vital. Poverty matters and is a factor we must consider when evaluating a school. 

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Trades, Vocational Work Valued over University Degrees In Australia....

Trades, Vocational Work Valued over University Degrees In Australia.... | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

 Interesting.  I recently read that Steve Jobs indicated he sent jobs overseas, in part,  because he could not get people with the technical skills in the US (not enough people with community college certificates or vocational training).  This is an area we need to pursue for our kids on the fringe who do not have the currencies (or will) to pursue university degrees.  There are more paths than just one!


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Video: Oakland, CA dropout rate at 37%. See what their plan is.......

PBS News Hour December 29, 2011 Written by Spencer Michels One of the toughest jobs in modern America has got to be running an urban school district.
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Creating a culture for learning. Vital for engagement.

Creating a culture for learning.  Vital for engagement. | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

This article is part of an occasional series in which Learning Curve is examining the school cultures established by three Minneapolis schools aiming to close the achievement gap.

 

MCP’s 50 new students spent the first two days of the new school year learning the school’s super-strict behavioral rules and taking placement tests. While the kids were busy realizing that their teachers will in fact hand out demerits for infractions as small as shirts partially untucked, the teachers were busy grouping them into five cohorts

 

 

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Seclusions and Restraint Statutes, Regulations, Policies and Guidance

Seclusions and Restraint Statutes, Regulations, Policies and Guidance (Seclusions and Restraint Statutes, Regulations, Policies and Guidance: http://t.co/NfEMqlTw...)...

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Student poverty is the eight ball. Reducing poverty does lots to reform public education

Student poverty is the eight ball.   Reducing poverty does lots to reform public education | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

It is one of the most important education books I have read. He has reframed my thinking. Contrary to what too many scapegoaters claim, I've never believed public education to be the cause of America's socioeconomic ills. 

 

Reforming public education does little to reduce poverty. Reducing poverty does lots to reform public education.Student poverty is the eightball


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Philly "zero tolerance" hasn't work: (overuse of) suspension leads to dropout, leads to prison

Given the problems still found in the city's schools, it's clear the one-size-fits-all approach to maintaining discipline - which can include expulsions for minor infractions, such as violations of dress codes, as well as more serious problems - hasn't worked.

In fact, the effectiveness of zero-tolerance policies - many of which were imposed after the Columbine shooting - has been questioned for some time. Last year, a report by three groups, including a civil-rights organization and the Education Law Center, said that the policy has made Philadelphia schools less safe, and that the policy often targets black and Latino students.

Many researchers and scholars have echoed these concerns. Zero tolerance is not only ineffective in reducing violence or crime in schools but has also created a "school-to-prison pipeline." Students who are routinely expelled, suspended multiple times or even arrested in school find themselves on a path to incarceration; in fact, young people who drop out of high school, many after expulsions and suspensions, are eight times more likely to land in prison than students who graduate

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'I Never Thought I Would Graduate High School' (VIDEO)

'I Never Thought I Would Graduate High School' (VIDEO) | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
This video is part of "Undroppable," a documentary project from @Jason_Pollock that tells the stories of young people who have overcome significant obstacles to graduate from high school.
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MI-Excel_Supports_for_Priority_and_Focus_Schools

 

Michigan Department of Education document to explain the new system:  MiExcel.  Page 19 shows the four year plan. 

 

District-Level Set-Aside Options for Priority and Focus Schools:

 

Option One
Provide a differentiated system of support that includes extra supports for students with disabilities and English language learners if the school does not currently have one. If the school is implementing such a system, increase the scope or enhance the fidelity of its implementation.

 

Option Two

Job-embedded professional learning for

staff aligned to the building’s needs assessment.

Option Three

Contract with a district improvement

facilitator to examine achievement gap data and

identify strategies for addressing the gaps.

 

 

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Systemic Renewal: Addressing Your Building's Unique Needs

Systemic renewal is a continuing process of evaluating goals and objectives related to school policies, practices, and organizational structures as they impact a diverse group of learners.  It is an effective way for a building to asses it own unique needs.  This is the basis for effective problem solving and intervention with the potential to work. 

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Woa. Zed Omegas – kids on the fringe: check it out!

Woa.  Zed Omegas – kids on the fringe:  check it out! | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Alan Greye wrote a note titled Zed Omegas – the story so far. Read the full text here.
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Great For The MS/HS Classroom: The Top 10 Things Successful People Do To Reach Their Dreams

Great For The MS/HS Classroom:  The Top 10 Things Successful People Do To Reach Their Dreams | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

Nice, concise article summarizing the behaviors/habits of people who worked toward big goals and achieved them.  Great for the classroom!

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Reality Check: Tools For Kids To Link Today with Their Desired Tomorrow

Reality Check:  Tools For Kids To Link Today with Their Desired Tomorrow | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
RT @CraigCheslog: RT @californiacte: CDE’s free online http://t.co/8r9KWRJ8 helps student link their desired future lifestyles to occupational&education goals...
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WHY is college the ONLY option? The ONLY goal? Could dropout rates be lower if we validated multiple pathways?

WHY is college the ONLY option?  The ONLY goal? Could dropout rates be lower if we validated multiple pathways? | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

I love this article.  We are failing SO many kids by not offering multiple pathways in high school.  They should leave school with a desire to CONTINUE becoming expert in SOMETHING. "we are 20th in the world in graduation rates; 20th in the world in child welfare".  The two are related...........and they matter to ALL of us, really.  We PUSH what we VALUE, sadly, which excludes a large number of kids looking for goals they can attain with pride!

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