How one district solved its special education dropout problem

The Hechinger Report

He remembers thinking it looked like a book you’d find in an elementary school, with a picture of the numbers 1 through 9 written in the sand of a beach on the cover. The high dropout rate for students with disabilities is a pressing national problem.

Earlier Interventions Can Reduce Long-Term Effects for Dropouts

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Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Of the 235 active elementary schools currently profiled in the BLU school directory , 136, or 58 percent, of them have a Station Rotation program.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

A new elementary school, Presidential Park, hosts more than 1,000 students in a modern, state-of-the-art building. The initiative is in place at elementary and middle schools in Middletown. A daily 30-minute intervention period was added for all elementary students.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

— Digital Promise (@DigitalPromise) February 9, 2016. A new elementary school, Presidential Park, hosts more than 1,000 students in a modern, state-of-the-art building. The initiative is in place at elementary and middle schools in Middletown.

3 Strategies to Combat Summer Learning Loss

Digital Promise

NSLA states summer learning loss “ is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate. Rising kindergarteners through second graders at North Rowan Elementary School in Rowan Salisbury Schools participated in a three-week STEAM camp to jumpstart learning in the weeks before school.

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.

Change One Simple Thing to Start Your Journey to Remarkable Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

” We have a significantly low dropout rate and high on-time graduation rate in Albemarle. A past gubernatorial appointee to the State Council on Higher Education for Virginia, Dr. Moran was selected by her peers across the Commonwealth as Virginia’s 2016 Superintendent of the Year.

Twenty-one and in high school

The Hechinger Report

Sheryl Javier graduated from Bronx Arena in July 2016, after 8 years of high school. He realized that some students don’t succeed on the conventional academic path, and ran a school for dropouts on Arena Boulevard.

Home visiting in high school: Trying an intervention for toddlers on teenagers

The Hechinger Report

And in 2016 just 8 percent of McDowell County residents of working age held an associate degree or higher, compared to 31 percent statewide. Like elementary and middle school home visits, high school home visits are all about relationship building.

After a hate crime, a town welcomes immigrants into its schools

The Hechinger Report

Since 2016, Rosario has run half a dozen counseling groups of about eight to ten kids. Morales, a short 19-year-old from Chiché, Guatemala, joined five brothers already in Patchogue in 2016.

What happens when two separate and unequal school districts merge?

The Hechinger Report

John Jones asks a question to his students in AP Human Geography on August 18, 2016. The current desegregation order, issued in March 2016, mandated a Biracial Advisory Committee to oversee implementation of the desegregation plan.

Students can’t learn if they don’t show up at school

The Hechinger Report

Third-graders at Alamosa Elementary School in Albuquerque practice reading with first-graders in Carrie Ramirez’s classroom. This is only the second year Alamosa Elementary has been tracking attendance student by student.

At this one-of-a-kind Boston public high school, students learn calculus in Spanish

The Hechinger Report

The idea behind the Muñiz Academy, named for the longtime principal of Boston’s first dual-language elementary school (the Rafael Hernandez K-8 school), was that many Hispanic students would do better in schools that support their cultural background and, with it, the Spanish language.

Canadian schools succeed in nudging one minority group to and through college

The Hechinger Report

Sixty-six percent also offer academic support and mentorship to indigenous students starting as early as elementary school, according to Universities Canada.

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To transform your school district, look outside the mainstream

The Christensen Institute

Both are small, rural districts that first dipped their toes in the blended-learning space by offering online credit- or dropout-recovery programs to help students who were not succeeding in mainstream courses. Although the district’s students had around a 90 percent passing rate on state exams in elementary and middle school, high school teachers continually complained that students were entering high school academically unprepared—and that many were in danger of failing.

Low academic expectations and poor support for special education students is ‘hurting their future’

The Hechinger Report

Poor education for special education students typically starts in elementary school, most often with a student not being given the services to which they are entitled or not being properly diagnosed. When Brad was in elementary school, he said he wanted to go to MIT and become an engineer.

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 2016 schools earned the 25-point incentive for a total of only 41 students citywide; the 2017 total was worse, a mere 17 students.

Empowered Readers: Technology That Can Re-Inspire Students’ Love of Reading


The district is also known for having one of the largest dropout rates and one of the highest pupil-to-teacher ratios in the country. He will be engaging and empowering 5th graders next year at Claude and Stella Parson Elementary School. “Technology invites us to move from engaged to empowered.” — From George Couros’ Innovator’s Mindset. The Clark County Schools District in Las Vegas, Nevada is the 5th largest school district in the country.

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What it’s like to be a transgender student in Mississippi

The Hechinger Report

In elementary and middle school, Knight was one of the smartest people I knew. Luke Knight, 22, moved to Tuscaloosa before he came out as transgender to his family and friends. He says it would have meant a lot to him if the state publicly defended trans students when he was in high school.

School Cellphone Use Contracts Can Reduce Bullying

EdNews Daily

More parents are sending their young children to elementary school with a smartphone. Auburn University presented him with their “Hero Award” as the individual who has addressed bullying situations in schools in June 2016. By Franklin P. Schargel.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

So unrelentingly are the cards stacked against them that only 694 high school graduates from all of Puerto Rico went to college on the mainland or abroad in 2016 , the last year for which the figure is available from the U.S.

How a Chinatown school is trying to bring more diversity to theater

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An annual study of Broadway and the 16 top nonprofit theaters in New York City, put out by the Asian American Performers Action Coalition, shows that from 2006 to 2016, Asian actors were hired for 3.7 The P.S. 124 Theatre Club performs a musical adaptation of the animated movie “Madagascar.”

Is the effort to curb strict discipline going too far, too fast?

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McMicken Heights Elementary School principal Alexandria Haas sits with second-graders during a morning activity developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Good morning, Mahlet,” says one student to another at McMicken Heights Elementary School.

STUDENT VOICE: We must offer underprivileged students more than a meager ‘stay in school’

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Eighty-five percent of students in the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District receive free or reduced-price lunch. Despite these efforts, high school dropout rates remain high. Cayo Gonzalez Photo: Jonathan Zhang.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 2, 2017 AERA Announces Most Read Education Research Articles of 2016 | AERA → AERA Open dominates the list of most read education research articles in 2016. Tagged on: March 2, 2017 K-12 Predictive Analytics: Time for a Better Dropout Diagnosis | RealClearEducation → Is this sponsored content? Ever wonder how stories covered by popular edtech outlets – such as edSurge, eSchoolNews, Tech & Learning, and THE Journal – get selected?

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How to help struggling young readers

The Hechinger Report

The repercussions of not learning to read are magnified for poor children: Research shows that low-income children who cannot read at grade level by third grade are six times more likely to become high school dropouts. “In

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Georgia program for children with disabilities: ‘Separate and unequal’ education?

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At the meeting, a special education teacher had recommended taking the boy out of Martin Elementary School, in a town 10 miles southwest, and placing him in Georgia’s Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support, or GNETS, a statewide system for children with “emotional and behavioral disorders.”.

Buffalo shows turnaround of urban schools is possible, but it takes a lot more than just money

The Hechinger Report

I would have been a dropout.”. Say Yes also credits its partnerships for a K-6 summer camp program that served 2,500 students in 2016. “It Hutchinson Central Technical High School senior Karolina Espinosa will be attending Buffalo State in the fall on a Say Yes tuition scholarship.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Jeb Bush’s lieutenant governor, as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, the top post at the Education Department overseeing K–12 policy.” ” Via The Economic Times : “Startups in student-lending sector see dropouts, but some score too.” Via International Business Times : “ Charles Koch Gave $50 Million To Higher Ed In 2016. “ Big data could solve the college-dropout problem ,” says The Washington Post.

How to Prepare Students in the Early Years to Read at Grade Level


The repercussions of not learning to read are magnified for poor children: Research shows that low-income children who cannot read at grade level by third grade are six times more likely to become high school dropouts.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “ For-Profit Companies With the Highest Enrollments at Their Colleges, Fall 2016.” despite having Arizona ’s third-highest dropout rate.” – in Edsurge gives me pause: “Elementary School Wellness Program Helps Young Males of Color Cultivate Their Identities.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.


Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Meanwhile, the state has given initial approval for ECOT to become a “dropout school.” ” Via Getting Smart : “Using Robots to Teach Elementary Students About Human Nature.” Federal Reserve on changes in family income show that Americans without a college degree, and African-Americans and Hispanic families, had the most rapid increase in wealth from 2013 to 2016. (National) Education Politics.

The Des Moines Register’s editorial on student retention is lazy and irresponsible

Dangerously Irrelevant

Significantly higher dropout rates. Retention has found to be a stronger predictor of student dropout than socioeconomic status or parental education.