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Evidence based tools (and cool, pertinent links) for HS dropout and disporportionality prevention/intervention
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States Size Up Obama Pre-K Proposal

States Size Up Obama Pre-K Proposal | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
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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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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The hard bigotry of poverty: Why ignoring it will doom school reform

The hard bigotry of poverty: Why ignoring it will doom school reform | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Closing the achievement gap between rich and poor, a teacher writes, will first require Americans to recognize a far more uncomfortable reality: The policies employed to purportedly address the struggles of low-income children have ushered in a new...
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Yes, poverty makes a huge difference in student achievement.  

 

Love the last sentence:  (Good schools) emerge from healthy, stable communities. That is, they emerge from a commitment to justice.

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AnnC's curator insight, January 1, 2013 10:12 PM

See through the rhetoric to the reality - we need empathy and justice!

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The widening academic achievement gap between the rich and the poor: New evidence and possible explanations | Center for Education Policy Analysis

The widening academic achievement gap between the rich and the poor: New evidence and possible explanations | Center for Education Policy Analysis | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
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Family income is now nearly as strong as parental education in predicting children’s achievement.



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Fresno Schools Look to Oakland for Restorative Justice Model - New America Media

Fresno Schools Look to Oakland for Restorative Justice Model - New America Media | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
#Fresno Schools Look to #Oakland for Restorative Justice Model http://t.co/ggc0u12G RT @NewAmericaMedia...

 

Restorative justice is a model worth looking into.  

 

 

Three principles form the foundation for restorative justice:

 

http://www.restorativejustice.org/university-classroom/01introduction/


Justice requires that we work to restore those who have been injured.
Those most directly involved and affected by crime should have the opportunity to participate fully in the response if they wish.
Government's role is to preserve a just public order, and the community's is to build and maintain a just peace.

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DC's Gaping Wound: Income and Education Gaps Are Gutting Mobility - Huffington Post (blog)

DC's Gaping Wound: Income and Education Gaps Are Gutting Mobility - Huffington Post (blog) | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
Vanity FairDC's Gaping Wound: Income and Education Gaps Are Gutting MobilityHuffington Post (blog)Of the two rivers that cup our nation's capital -- the Potomac and the Anacostia -- the latter of the two is, perhaps, the most apt reflection of...

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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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Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap'

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Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap'
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"You may call the issue an opportunity gap. You may refer to this problem as a wealth gap."


Often wonder why we skirt around the issues, focusing on the results and not the problem itself.  If we went to the core (wealth and opportunity) we just might make decisions that made things better.  

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Family issues for graduate students from working class backgrounds

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education sums up the disconnect that graduate students with working class roots can feel from their families.  In a book called Reading Classes: On Culture an...
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Very interesting read regarding the struggles that college grads from working class backgrounds must endure.  

 

"Nowhere do working class lives and cultures clash more than in higher education…For working class people who cross the class divide, there are stories and sacrifices that have precious little voice and find no ear to listen” (p. 150)."

 

"Everyone talks at the same time, kids run and play, and football is on the television. Inside the small kitchen, the women stir, bake, gossip, and laugh."


So much resonates with me.  Folks like us straddle the fence for life.  There is guilt attached to that.  We are protective of our roots.  Still, we "know" a better way.  

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Low-income students get crash course in college preparation

Low-income students get crash course in college preparation | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it
For Sylmar High School senior Thalia Linares, college feels like a long shot.
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The Role of the Principal in Dropout Prevention | National Dropout Prevention Center/Network

The Role of the Principal in Dropout Prevention | National Dropout Prevention Center/Network | Dropout Prevention, Poverty  and Disproportionality | Scoop.it

In this webcast based on his publication, "The Role of the Principal in Dropout Prevention: Seven Key Principles", Dr. Steven W. Edwards discusses the Seven Key Principles that will provide school leaders with low-cost yet effective ways to encourage all students to stay in school.


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