3 ways to decrease the teacher dropout crisis

The Innovative Educator

In an ongoing blog post , Lisa Nielsen uses text and video to tell the story of teacher dropouts. The stories of teacher dropouts share a common theme, a concern for the impact of high stakes testing. Advocating for education reform is one way to decrease teacher dropouts.

High school dropout pursues passions and becomes a multimillionaire

The Innovative Educator

David Karp began learning HTML at 11 and soon after was designing websites for local businesses. Unlike Nick Perez who spent years being drugged and tortured in a school that didn’t understand his particular passion, Karp attended high school for one year before dropping out. This allowed him to focus on doing projects that enabled him to pursue his passions. He also knew this would be a good way to impress colleges.


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Leadership Ignited

A Principal's Reflections

This year, they have decided to rely instead on what NASSP members have reported as the issues that keep principals up at night, such as Common Core implementation, new teacher evaluation models, and dropout prevention and graduation rates. While attendees are at Ignite 2013, they will get to reclaim that time and make the most of it. The success of Ignite 2013 relies on your active participation. The old “sit ’n’ git” format wasn’t built for engagement: Ignite 2013 is.

How a dropout factory raised its graduation rate from 53 percent to 75 percent in three years

The Hechinger Report

By 2013, Webster managed to graduate just 53 percent of its students, and it was clear to school and district officials that drastic change was in order. Talent Development Secondary, a nonprofit that grew out of a Johns Hopkins University study on dropout rates, is the data-driven arm of the Diplomas Now model; it identifies kids at risk of dropping out and establishes a schoolwide process of intervention and support services to keep them on track to graduate.

Dropout Detective Offers Academic ‘Credit Scores’—But Is That a Good Thing?


That’s why it might come as surprise to hear AspirEDU , an educational analytics company, pitch their Dropout Detective software as an “academic credit score” for students. But whereas credit scores are designed to prevent risky buyers from getting approved on loans, Dropout Detective is meant to improve student success and lower dropout rates. But she says whether dropout rates have fallen remains to be seen.

This is how Democracy ends — Apology from a former teacher

The Innovative Educator

Recently Kris Nielsen , the Teacher Dropout I featured on my blog last month, wrote this to me on Facebook: A while back, I asked you if you saw any redeeming qualities about CCSS. Your answer got me thinking. Since then, you could say I've seen the light. To follow is the post he wrote that appears on his blog Middle Grades Mastery.

Do You Have to Be an Entertainer to Engage Your Students?

The Innovative Educator

A contributing factor to the high school dropout rate and one of the biggest complaints of students is simply that “I’m bored.” And.many teachers know that their students consider them boring. So, what’s the answer? Some would say that y ou need to be an entertainer. I was recently interviewed on BAM radio by Rae Pica along with Mike Muir, Lee Kolbert, and Pat Hensley who wrote, “ Should Teachers Be Entertainers? While many feel forced to entertain, is this the best approach?

The hottest posts that everyone's reading

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Entry Pageviews High school dropout pursues passions, becomes millionaire. Jan 23, 2013, 2 comments 2722 Embracing social media use in schools with a toolkit. Jan 24, 2013, 2 comments 2628 The 10 No Nos of Teaching with a Smartboard. Here’s the roundup of what''s been popular on The Innovative Educator blog this week. Below you’ll see the top weekly posts along with the number of pageviews. I hope there''s something that looks of interest to you. If it does, check it out.

The hottest posts that everyone's reading

The Innovative Educator

Jun 2, 2013, 2152 How well does your school meet student expectations. May 26, 2013, 1819 5 ways to spice up your LinkedIn profile. Jun 9, 2013, 1406 Could PBL be the Solution to Education Reform? May 14, 2013, 1405 3 ways to decrease the teacher dropout crisis Jun 4, 2013, 1179 Here’s the roundup of what''s been popular on The Innovative Educator blog. Below you’ll see the top posts along with the number of page views.

Wednesday Interview - Breaking the Cycle of Students' Disengagement by Having Them Leave, to Learn

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Wednesday, April 17th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with Elliot Washor and Charles Mojkowski on their new book, Leaving to Learn : How Out-of-School Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates. The first step to addressing the nation''s dropout rate, Elliot and Charlie argue, is letting students "leave, to learn."

How do you manage college online — quarantined with eight people?

The Hechinger Report

In 2013, there were some 29 million students who had left college in the last two decades before earning a degree. Luis Gallardo’s favorite place to study was the library at the University of California, Berkeley.

More students are leaving college without a degree

The Hechinger Report

In December 2013, there were 29 million people with some college education but no degree. Of the 29 million who had not finished as of December 2013, 940,000 had completed their credential or degree by December 2018. Higher Ed News community college Data and research Graduation and dropouts Higher education completion Higher Education newsletterSign up for our Higher Education newsletter. Choose as many as you like. Weekly Update. Future of Learning. Higher Education.

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

The Hechinger Report

When he moved from principal of the high school to superintendent in 2013, he initiated a conversation about priorities with school board members, educators and the community. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts High school reform Personalized Learning Rural schoolsEditor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation.

When a college degree is no longer a ticket to the middle class

The Hechinger Report

The New York Times found that the proportion of households earning between $35,000 and $100,000 fell from 53 percent in 1967 to 43 percent in 2013. Higher Ed K-12 News Data and research Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion online learning STEM teachersThe labor market value of a college degree has softened, stirring concern that a bachelor’s is no longer a gateway to the middle class.

Colleges and states turn their attention to slow-moving part-time students

The Hechinger Report

Since 2013, it has required all students taking less than a full load of classes to also take a seminar that provides them with mentors and success coaches — a package of supports for which many didn’t otherwise have time. Higher Ed News community college Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completionVictoria Dzindzichashvili attended college mostly part time and took 10 years to get her undergraduate degree.

From foster care to college

The Hechinger Report

The percentage of Seita students to graduate from Western Michigan has ranged from 24 to 44 percent for cohorts that started between 2008 and 2013, according to university administrators. Higher Ed K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Mental health and trauma Parents poverty Race Social emotional

The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

Kristen Danusis, a former school psychologist who became the principal in 2013, tells me that many of her students live “off the grid,” in households that earn little regular income. Since 2013, the state, dissatisfied with its scores, has shifted through three standardized-testing modules for elementary and middle school students. (On K-12 News Data and research Graduation and dropouts online learning Personalized Learning

High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

Michael McLaughlin and his mother, Michelle, at Michael’s 2013 graduation. He graduated in 2013. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Special educationMichelle McLaughlin said Michael’s education did not prepare him for college or career. Photo courtesy Michelle McLaughlin. This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post.

Reimagining failure: ‘Last-chance’ schools are the future of American high schools

The Hechinger Report

It is features like these that have helped former high school dropouts like Rocheli Burgos — and other students who have struggled in school — get a second chance at earning a diploma. According to a National Center for Education Statistics report , children with behavioral problems are the most common target group for alternative school programs, which served more than 575,000 students in 2013 (the most recent year for which data is available).

A college scholarship meant to help low-income, black students now serves mostly white, middle-class kids

The Hechinger Report

2, 2013. At the time, a third of Louisiana’s adults were high school dropouts. Higher Ed News Funding Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Law and policy Politics RaceThe new convocation center at Xavier University is seen in New Orleans, Monday, Sept. Student Landan Moore says Xavier is his dream school. Photo: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert. Landan Moore decided in middle school that he wanted to attend the best college possible.

Can kids get passionate about learning — and develop the persistence to follow where it leads? One school has a plan

The Hechinger Report

Achievement First was responding to what co-founder Dacia Toll describes as a wake-up call in 2013. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Personalized LearningFourth-graders Jorlando Vega (center) and Diego Reyes prepare to dissect a frog with the help of a Quinnipiac University med student as part of a “mini-med-school” expedition at Elm City College Prep, in New Haven, Connecticut. Photo: Brenda Iasevoli for The Hechinger Report. NEW HAVEN, Conn. —

A school once known for gang activity is now sending kids to college

The Hechinger Report

Since 2013, when the school switched to its skills-based curriculum, Juarez has seen gains in graduation rates and college acceptance that seemed unlikely for a school that had been on academic probation since 1996. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts poverty Solutions standardsBenito Juarez Community Academy students waiting in the cafeteria for first period class to begin. Photo: Amadou Diallo/The Hechinger Report. Special Report.

Can a school save a neighborhood?

The Hechinger Report

Vaux closed in 2013 amid a wave of citywide school closures. By the time it closed in 2013 along with more than 20 other schools in the district, over three-quarters of Vaux students were not reading or performing math at grade level, according to state records. Not long after becoming the head of PHA in 2013, Jeremiah visited the neighborhood, sans his usual suit and tie.

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

The Hechinger Report

In Illinois, District 428 awarded 73 high school diplomas in 2017, up from 65 in 2013 when there were twice as many juveniles in the system and their average stay was longer. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts poverty SolutionsStudents have access to hundreds of courses while they are in Illinois’ juvenile justice facilities, but they tend to focus on math, language arts, social studies and science. Photo: TARA GARCIA MATHEWSON/The Hechinger Report.

NYC’s bold gamble: Spend big on impoverished students’ social and emotional needs to get academic gains

The Hechinger Report

Last year 27 percent of children passed the state English exam, up from 5 percent in 2013. “We K-12 News Graduation and dropouts poverty Principals RaceFourth-graders at P.S. 67 often work in groups. They are asked to write several drafts of essays to get used to revising their work. Photo: Tal Bar-Zemer.

Getting a GED while still enrolled in high school

The Hechinger Report

In New Orleans, the large number of dropouts who lack HiSET credentials drives the astronomically high count of so-called “opportunity youth.” In 2013, federal officials scrutinizing the system took a second look at Louisiana, to be sure that the state’s high-school-equivalency attainment was “not masking low graduation rates and that students are not being pushed into a GED [HiSET] track.” K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Solutions

Six reasons you may not graduate on time

The Hechinger Report

To help address the problem, in 2013 CUNY designated that three courses in each of its most popular majors would count toward requirements on every campus.). Higher Ed News community college Graduation and dropouts Higher education completion SolutionsKolodner Credit Crunch 1:Temple University in Philadelphia gives $4,000 grants to eligible students who agree to work no more than 15 hours a week off campus, in an effort to help students graduate on time.

Why high school football is making a comeback in New Orleans

The Hechinger Report

In fall 2013, she persuaded Martin to enroll at KIPP, in part by pointing to the fledgling varsity team the school had fielded that year. In New Orleans, Friday night football is a big deal,” said Joey LaRoche, who became the principal of KIPP Renaissance in 2013. In 2013, the school narrowly avoided an F rating on Louisiana’s school accountability system. “In LaRoche became KIPP Renaissance’s fourth principal in four years in 2013.

‘Backpacks full of boulders’: How one district is addressing the trauma undocumented children bring to school

The Hechinger Report

Since 2013, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children like Nando fleeing poverty and violence in Central America. ADELPHI, Md. When Nando was in the fourth grade, his older brother was killed by gangs in El Salvador.

School counselors keep kids on track. Why are they first to be cut?

The Hechinger Report

Aimed at curbing dropouts, improving graduation rates and sending more kids to college and other postsecondary programs, the corps is designed to offset a growing achievement gap in this relatively affluent but increasingly diverse state. As of 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, graduation rates among participating schools had risen from 65 percent to nearly 80 percent , while dropout rates declined.

Out of the fields: In a North Carolina county where few Latino parents have diplomas, their kids are aiming for college

The Hechinger Report

Jennifer Daughtry, who became principal at Hobbton in 2013, said the key to her school’s improvement was forging closer relationships with students and their families. “It’s K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Immigrants and Refugees Parents poverty Rural schoolsFIRST STEP TO THE MIDDLE CLASS: More than 27 million Americans age 25 or older don’t have a high school diploma or GED, the basic credential needed to qualify for nearly 80 percent of jobs in this country.

School Cellphone Use Contracts Can Reduce Bullying

EdNews Daily

The Washington Post reported (October 8, 2019) that the percentage of third-graders who had their own cellphones had “more than doubled from 19 percent in 2013 to 45 percent in 2017 About 50 percent of fourth-graders and 70 percent of fifth graders went to school with a phone in 2017.” Auburn University awarded him the “Auburn Hero Award” for his work in “reducing dropouts and for helping Alternative Education Schools.” . By Franklin P. Schargel.

Desde el campo: En un condado de Carolina del Norte donde pocos padres latinos tienen diplomas, sus hijos van en busca de una educación universitaria

The Hechinger Report

Jennifer Daughtry, directora de la secundaria de Hobbton desde 2013, dijo que el factor clave de las mejoras de su escuela fue forjar relaciones más estrechas con los estudiantes y sus familias. “Es K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Immigrants and Refugees Parents poverty Rural schoolsEste artículo sobre estudiantes latinos lo produjo The Hechinger Report, una organización de noticias independiente sin fines de lucro enfocada en la desigualdad y la innovación en la educación.

Are hazing, sexual assault, drinking and unabashed racism inevitable on campus?

The Hechinger Report

Case in point: In 2013, former Trinity College president James F. Higher Ed News Funding Graduation and dropouts Higher education completion New Orleans Race Race and Equity Segregation Universities Inc The Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house is seen near Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. University President John Thrasher announced the indefinite suspension of the school’s 55 fraternities and sororities following the death of a freshman pledge.

Are our definitions of ‘college readiness’ too high?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Considering that these data don’t include dropouts, it seems safe to say that no more than one in three American high-school students is capable of hitting the College Board’s benchmark. For the record, the 6-year graduation rate in 2013 for first-time, full-time undergraduate students who began at a 4-year postsecondary institution in fall 2007 was 59%.