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Evidence based tools (and cool, pertinent links) for HS dropout and disporportionality prevention/intervention
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Do School Suspensions Work?

Do School Suspensions Work? | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Several schools have suspended children for joking about guns in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.
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"One of the reasons suspension sticks around is that the alternatives require more money and effort, at least up front. Researchers suggest pairing in-school suspension with regular counseling, or offering so-called positive behavior support classes, which teach appropriate conduct in the same way schools teach writing or mathematics. Other creative solutions include youth courts, in which students sit in judgment of one another, or restorative circles, which involves bringing together the offender and the victim with other students to work out a fair resolution to conflict. Still, most reformers concede that suspension has its place, especially in the immediate aftermath of violence."


There are other options.  There are..........

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The Importance of Persistence

The Importance of Persistence | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Currently reading deeply into chapter three of How Children Succeed by Paul Tough.   "How to Think" is the name of this section.  It begins with a story of Sebastian Garcia, a young chess player at...
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Failure is part of the process.  It isn't a negative thing.  We need to demystify what it means to learn from mistakes.  Teaching THIS is part of how we help students get better at being a learner.  

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States Size Up Obama Pre-K Proposal

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Many would welcome federal aid to boost early-education programs, but are wary it could come with strings attached.
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Go for excellence, or don't bother

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Infant Caregiver Project

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Mentioned in How children Succeed as a parenting intervention that increases the chance of secure attachment.  

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Interventions aimed at attachment in the first years are vital

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Next steps toward achieving equity in education

Next steps toward achieving equity in education | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
How can federal policy offer solutions to eliminate disparities in educational opportunities that give rise to the achievement gap? Here are some recommendations.

Via Dennis P. Garland
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We also need to look at the job itself.  Testing take up too much of their time and at great cost for the T and Students.  

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Valerie Chernek's curator insight, March 1, 2013 8:51 AM

Good discussion points for every teacher, parent, advocate for education equality.

 

Valerie Chernek's comment, March 1, 2013 8:51 AM
And different education "tracks" ?
Emily ivanco's curator insight, March 5, 2013 7:37 PM

Teachers should be qualified for their job.  As well as being specialized in the area.  The teachers have a huge effect on the students and how the classroom functions.  There needs to be a balance of the equity in all the classrooms and the education systems.

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Harper High School, Part One | This American Life

Harper High School, Part One | This American Life | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29.
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How does one take tests in the midst of this?  

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Colorblind: ReThinking Race

Colorblind: Rethinking Race A documentary presented by WYCC/Chicago and the Kellogg Foundation. Many Americans maintain that racism is dead. Those who suppor...
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I think most white people are oblivious to these issues.  

 

Color muteness:  to be blind to color is to be blind to the consequences of color.  

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How to talk to kids about skin color

CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to Donna Brazile and Po Bronson about the best way to talk to kids about skin color.
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Important conversations to have with our children.  

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Why I'm Taking To the Streets to Demand Education Equity

Why I'm Taking To the Streets to Demand Education Equity | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Why I'm Taking to the Streets to Demand Education Equity
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The socioeconomic and educational quality gaps are astounding.  

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Poverty and Education: Solutions?

Poverty and Education: Solutions? | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Poverty effects education.  It effects test scores.  It effects teacher and student motivation.

 

Time to rethink all the sloppy attempts at reform.  We are missing the boat.


Via Giuseppe Fattori, Jem Muldoon, Les Howard, Sindy Teo, Tricia Chng, Teo Shao Ni, Dave Miller
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Missing the boat, we are.  

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Bharath Gessian's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:34 AM

Education is one of the most important thing in life and it matters alot. Without it you would not be able to get a proper job and a proper salary. I thought poverty only affects in food, water and socially for a child but i was surprise that education plays a big part when your are poor and it is a big challenge to overcome it. This will afftect the students studying in the school. He will have negative thoughts about himself and will be anti social. They are doing part time job while studying and it will really afect thier studies as it is difficult to multitask.Eventually they drop out or do badly. Hence if they work hard with the right midset, they can definely succeed

Edwin Ong's curator insight, January 18, 2:40 AM

Poverty is really getting serious day by day and it causes many problems to humans. It is the starting problem of many problems and this makes a never-ending cycle once started. As seen from the news above, poverty is started and it affects education, followed by the test scores. It even has the ability to affect teacher and student motivation. Therefore concluding that the word "Poverty" is related to just about every possible negative life outcome one could imagine.

After reading this particular article, I felt disappointed and at the same time, worried for the education system there. I am depressed to learn that the school reform efforts actively ignore the research on poverty in education. They focus instead on test scores and even gaps between high scores and low scores! Seeing that efforts have been made to try and fight the effects of poverty but ultimately losing because of being exhausted, dispirited, I felt worried for the people who are living there in poverty. Even the politicians dare not say the word "Poverty", who knows what will hapen next!

In many cases, i truly believe that poverty can be stopped by helping those in need. For example, we can start to make a difference by helping the needies by donating some money to different charities.

Not onl;y helping  charities, we can also start to give some money to elderies when they sell tissues in the market or hawker centres.

I believe that "to give is to receive". We can and have the ability to stop poverty from spreading throughout the world.

Benjamin Ho's curator insight, January 27, 9:46 AM

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Poverty affects education, i think that that is very true. when students have to worry about their daily meals, how can they concentrate and study. And when students cant do their work properly, they fail, and when they grow up, they will find it hard to find a job. More should be done to help students who are in need of financial help.

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The Boys at the Back

The Boys at the Back | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Boys are being left behind in educational advancement. We need to address the reasons.
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Don't even get me started.......

 

I am reminded of a great quote from an article I read yesterday:  http://www.scoop.it/t/disproportionality-in-schools/p/3995865537/i-used-to-think

 

 

 

I used to think that some kids weren’t cut out for school. They were lazy, unmotivated, and not “academic,” as if being academic was the most important thing in the world. Now I’ve come to realize that it’s the cutout school that’s the problem. Kids love to learn and do it quite naturally. They just might not be buying what I’m selling.

 

The cutout school run mostly by women, is part of the problem.  They aren't buying what we are selling.  

 

 

" The rise of women, however long overdue, does not require the fall of men"

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How poverty influences a child's brain development

How poverty influences a child's brain development | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Science is figuring out exactly how the damage is done and what steps can be taken to halt and then heal it
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"“If we were to invest according to what the biology of brain development is telling us, there would be a lot more investment in children early on.”"


More validation that we must address the effects of poverty on children and consider their uniques needs in schools.  

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What Gap?

What Gap? | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
I had a conversation about gaps today.    I wasn’t sure which gap was referred to because this phrase has … Continue reading »
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Finding the right gaps=finding the right solutions.  

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, February 10, 2013 12:25 PM

More thoughts on the poverty conundrum

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The Necessity of Failure and why we need to embrace it

The Necessity of Failure and why we need to embrace it | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
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" The big secret that most students fail to hear is that no one gets it on the first try."

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Infant Caregiver Project

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Interventions aimed at attachment in the first years are vital

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Mentioned in How children Succeed as a parenting intervention that increases the chance of secure attachment.  

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Racial Wealth Gap Has Tripled Since 1984

Racial Wealth Gap Has Tripled Since 1984 | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
White families studied in a new report are now almost ten times wealthier than black families.
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I remain in disbelief

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We Owe Our Sons What We’ve Given Our Daughters

We Owe Our Sons What We’ve Given Our Daughters | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Mark Sherman says that it’s time to give our sons the same attention and support we began giving our daughters 20 years ago.
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The stats on boys are not always as encouraging as they should be.  Could be.  

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Special Report: Class struggle - How charter schools get students they want - Chicago Tribune

Special Report: Class struggle - How charter schools get students they want - Chicago Tribune | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Special Report: Class struggle - How charter schools get students they want Chicago Tribune But Reuters has found that across the United States, charters aggressively screen student applicants, assessing their academic records, parental support,...
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Talking Race - Family Times is an award-winning magazine with staff-written news, feature stories and artwork that inform and inspire Central New York parents and their children.

Talking Race - Family Times is an award-winning magazine with staff-written news, feature stories and artwork that inform and inspire Central New York parents and their children. | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
We are an award-winning magazine with staff-written news, feature stories and artwork that inform and inspire Central New York parents and their children.
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Some REALLY practical and useful tips about talking to children about racial differences.  

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Tim Wise - White Privilege

A lecture by Tim Wise on White Privilege in America
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Prevention First: A Physician's Prescription for Safer Schools - Huffington Post

Prevention First: A Physician's Prescription for Safer Schools - Huffington Post | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Prevention First: A Physician's Prescription for Safer Schools
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In neighborhoods like Compton, Richmond, Chicago and North Philadelphia, it may be school dropout, gang involvement and drive-by shootings.
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"In bucolic communities like Columbine, Aurora and Newtown, this crisis of disengaged youth may show up as a senseless, massive shooting. In neighborhoods like Compton, Richmond, Chicago and North Philadelphia, it may be school dropout, gang involvement and drive-by shootings. Either way, the problem will continue to haunt our civic life until we make prevention a priority."


I'm never surprised then these tragic events occur because our society has chosen money over prevention, time and time again.  

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Teaching Students the ABCs of Resilience

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From natural disasters to economic meltdowns, from wars abroad to tragic shootings close to home, this year brought to light the increasing complexity of the world in which we raise kids. Our natural
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Raising the dropout age simply won’t solve the problem

Raising the dropout age simply won’t solve the problem | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Legislatures around the country are discussing raising the dropout age in their states as a way to stem the dropout tide.
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Schools Can't Do It Alone: Why 'Doubly Disadvantaged' Kids Continue to Struggle Academically

Schools Can't Do It Alone: Why 'Doubly Disadvantaged' Kids Continue to Struggle Academically | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
A report on childhood poverty proves once again that no single measure can cure poverty's ills.
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Eloquently written

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'Achievement Gap' Debate: The Language We Use Matters

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'Achievement Gap' Debate: The Language We Use Matters
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This is the "chicken and egg" issue.  Which do we focus on first?

 

If we focus on the academic achievement gaps, how do we "control" for  the opportunity and experience gaps?    If the opportunity and experience gaps exist for most, how can any school or teacher make a major impact?  Housing policy can help there.  

 

Focusing on the achievement gaps without address the core problems means politicians keep creating policies that focus on symptoms (and not the problem).  Teachers are blamed.  Schools are flagged.  Energy goes where it might not matter.  

 

Yes, we need to look at the symptoms, but if you are completely distracted by the symptoms the chasm will grow.  Short sighted problem solving leads to ineffective solutions.  

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