It’s the end of another year, and that usually means it’s a good time to look back and reflect on what we’ve learned.
The excellent PBS NewsHour program American Graduate is sharing the knowledge its reporters have gained after traveling the country, meeting with dropouts, students, teachers, administrators and involved community members. They have visited hundreds of high schools and districts, figuring out just what works.
A mentoring-based dropout prevention program is looking for mentors in the Philadelphia area.
The group, called Spark, is based in San Francisco and has expanded to Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia.
The group pairs at-risk kids with mentors in apprenticeships that last eight to 10 weeks. The work with professionals in nearly all fields, from lawyers to photographers to computer technologists.
The recently released national report on graduation rates across the country continues to cause a stir.
Conversations about the shocking figures, which show that states are losing between 12 and 38 percent of their students—with even higher figures for minority students, are an important dialogue to have in every classroom in the country.
Two years ago in Washington, two social-justice groups attempted to determine how many students were expelled from school or suspended for more than 10 days.
It seems like a simple question, but they still don’t have a clear answer due to inconsistent and incomplete reporting, according to an article in The Seattle Times.
Washington Appleseed and TeamChild were able to identify 9,329 incidents involving an unknown number of schoolchildren in the 2009-10 year. They believe that that number could severely underrepresent the number of kids who are being suspended or expelled each year.
Akeem Maynard knows how tough it is to stay in school when you’re being bullied.
When he was in eighth grade, he faced some pretty harsh treatment from peers at Bridgeport Academy in Virginia.
"I didn't even want to go to school anymore," he told the Daily Press. "It lowered my self-esteem."
Akeem, who is now 17, said a counselor helped him through the issue, and he stayed in school.
Stories like his, unfortunately, doesn’t always end up with a happy ending.
We don’t often like to blow our own horn at NoDropouts, but we’re so proud of what we do and how we help kids that sometimes it’s difficult to resist.
NoDropouts, the dropout recovery program found at NoDropouts.com that sponsors this blog, recently was featured in a couple of different news stories.
Halloween may be over, but there are still scary things happening in Utah.
The University of Utah’s Utah Education Policy Center released a report on chronic absenteeism in the Beehive State, and they found that more than 13 percent of students are missing at least 10 percent of their classes.
"Chronic absenteeism is a red alert that students are headed for academic trouble and eventually for dropping out," said Hedy Chang, a webinar speaker and director of Attendance Works, a national initiative to promote awareness about the importance of school attendance, according to an article in The Salt Lake Tribune.
Yet another school board is working toward increasing the dropout age to 18.
In and near Surry County in North Carolina, a couple of different school boards are discussing measures to raise the dropout age. They say that most kids decide to drop out before the age of 16, and that with a 91 percent graduation rate in Mount Airy School, few kids do decide to drop out, according to the Mount Airy News.
Boston teens who are part of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community are going to get some much-needed help in finding safe spaces at school.
The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, with funding from the Hyams Foundation, will help establish gay-straight alliances in at least three Boston schools, according to a column in the Huffington Post by Pierre R. Berestain, spokesman for the coalition.
“At a time when reports indicate rising levels of bullying and harassment toward students, particularly LGBQ/T students of color, this initiative marks an important step toward creating schools that are more welcoming and inclusive,” Berestain wrote.
Study highlights many disturbing trends, including students who are older than their grade peers are more likely to drop out
Trying to determine why students drop out of school can be challenging.
One researcher decided to take a different approach from much research and looked at dropouts and backtracked their educational histories.
Martha Abele Mac Iver looked at 1,646 students who dropped out of Baltimore City Schools in the 2008-2009 school year in her article, “Gradual Disengagement: A Portrait of the 2008-09 Dropouts in the Baltimore City Schools.” The statistics she found showed some pretty significant trends: