How one district solved its special education dropout problem

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While general education classrooms at Covina High School in this town in the Valley east of Los Angeles were stocked with algebra and geometry books, Parry was given a book that covered only basic math. 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.

Meet Anthony Johnson: Teacher of the Year. Rebel ‘Mayor.’ High School Dropout.

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In his book, “ High School Dropout to Teacher of the Year ,” Anthony’s complicated relationship to education comes through as the fuel behind his work. They self-publish books. This week we’re bringing you a special episode of our weekly podcast. Listen here , or read more below.

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5 Books for Families Who Are Rethinking School

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The book provides parents with 20 concrete actions they can take to advocate for the rights of their child in school today. The book has advice and stories from parents who homeschooled their children while also working.

They didn’t turn in their work for remote school. Their parents were threatened with courts and fines

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Most states have some sort of truancy laws on the books, but only about half still have policies punishing truancy with potential penal measures, according to the national policy group Education Commission of the States.

OPINION: Why Black student parents are at the epicenter of the student debt crisis — and what we can do about it

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Her book, “Pregnant Girl,” will be released May 2021. Divided We Learn Higher Education Opinion Race and Equity Graduation and dropouts HBCUs and HSIs Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Race

In dark days of coronavirus, acts of generosity can restore students’ faith in higher education and each other

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Meanwhile, cultural institutions are relaxing rules and paywalls to offer much-needed diversion, like free streaming of Broadway musicals and plays, operas, online art programs and free downloads of books from public libraries. Columnists Higher Ed Liz Willen News Graduation and dropouts Hechinger West Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion online learning Parents poverty

Ohio import of NYC community college program passed rigorous 3-year test

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The treatment was a multifaceted and expensive program that included not only free tuition and books for three years, from 2015 to 2018, but also a $50 a month stipend. Columnists First Step to the Middle Class Higher Ed Higher Education Jill Barshay Map to the Middle Class News Solutions The Dropout Problem Adult learning Data and research Higher education affordability Higher education completion poverty student parents

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To help first-generation students succeed, colleges enlist their parents

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Most evenings after work he hits the books in pursuit of an associate’s degree in business administration. Higher Ed News achievement gap Data and research Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Parents poverty RaceMothers listen to a representative of the Chicago Gear Up program discuss best practices for helping their children apply to college.

Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

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She blamed the high dropout rates on the fact that many students have to juggle school with full- and part-time jobs, leaving little time for academics. Hanging on an office door in Hawthorn Hall, for example, is a pastel-colored advertisement from Student Support Services inviting Latinx students to stop by for help with academic advising, tutoring and mentoring, book and laptop loan programs and financial literacy education.

How parents of young kids make it through college

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Snacks and books were available at the front of the room, along with a guest (a staffer dressed up like Clifford the Big Red Dog as part of a Scholastic book fair). “I Columnists Higher Ed K-12 Liz Willen News Opinion Adult learning community college Funding Graduation and dropouts Higher education affordability Higher education completion Parents

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After all the fuss about getting in, how do poor students survive on elite campuses?

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Anthony Abraham Jack is the author of the new book, “The Privileged Poor,’’ which looks at ways elite institutions can do a better job with scholarship students. Jack’s book brings home the pain and reality of on-campus poverty and puts the blame squarely on elite institutions for fostering policies that often “emphasize class differences, amplifying students’ feelings of difference and undercutting their sense of belonging.”. Jack’s book is a start.

‘It’s really hard to parent from behind bars’

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She bought the girl a few books to help her stay fresh on her skills. Critical Condition: The Students the Pandemic Hit Hardest Early Education Elementary to High School News Race and Equity Civil rights Data and research Graduation and dropouts Law and policy Mental health and trauma Parents Politics poverty Principals Race Social emotional

No longer ruled out: an educator develops strategies to keep court-involved students in school

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While not every arrested student is on the honor roll like Elliott, they all have strengths that Rhodes and her team describe to judges: Some love Harry Potter books; some excel at band or athletics; others have never been issued a behavioral demerit. I hit the books hard, so that I would graduate.”. I hit the books hard.”. K-12 News Civil rights Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Immigrants and Refugees Social emotional

This program is helping fast-diversifying suburban schools promote success for all students

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In those 50 years there has been only one program that has shown any validity at all in helping low-income and minority students: lowering class size,” said Spring, who wrote a book attacking programs like AVID called “Weapons of Mass Deception.” “[E]very dollar you put into AVID is a dollar you take away from lowering class sizes.”. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Race

Testing abuses, legacy preferences and bad parent behavior all influence who gets into college: What must change?

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How such decisions are made are clearly explained in education writer Paul Tough’s insightful new book, “The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us.”. Higher Ed K-12 News Opinion achievement gap community college Data and research Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Parents poverty

From foster care to college

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He lives on campus in a bedroom strewn with baseball caps for sports teams like Manchester United and books on topics including immigration policy and Chinese politics. 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 emotionalWestern Michigan sophomore Kayla Mayes has been in foster care for as long as she can remember.

The messy reality of personalized learning

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In a dense, polemical book called “The Flickering Mind,” he warned of the industry’s tentacular reach into schools, steered by futurists such as Seymour Papert, the co-creator of the Logo programming language, who had a habit of proclaiming, every 20 years or so, that schools had 20 years left to either adapt or die. Some parts of Oppenheimer’s book (see: nightmare visions of Apple iMacs and CD-ROMs) have not aged well.

College dreams often melt away in summer months. ‘Near-peer’ counseling is helping keep them alive.

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Efforts to support students through the summer after high school have expanded substantially in recent years,” said Ben Castleman, an associate professor of education and public policy at the University of Virginia and co-author of a book on summer melt. Higher Ed K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Mental health and trauma poverty Social emotional

New routes to success in learning are popping up around the country

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Her first assignment was to write a paragraph about a half-page book excerpt. “I Step 8: If you have extra time, work on your passion project or read a book of your choice. Higher Ed K-12 News Adult learning community college Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Mental health and trauma Personalized Learning

More high school grads than ever are going to college, but 1 in 5 will quit

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After all, the plummeting number of prospects makes it much harder to replace dropouts than it was when there was a seemingly bottomless supply of freshmen. This aggressive response has helped lower the dropout rate at the Texarkana campus back to 44 percent, according to still-unreleased figures, the university says. Dropouts cost colleges a collective $16.5 The line between Texas and Arkansas in front of the bi-state federal building, which straddles both.

Held back, but not helped

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Even as early as 2006 and 2007, it was apparent to sociologists Lori Peek and Alice Fothergill, authors of the book “Children of Katrina,” that students were falling way behind as a result of the storm and its aftermath. K-12 News Civil rights Graduation and dropouts Social emotionalDomonique Crosby raises her hand in calculus class at George Washington Carver High School. Photo: Cheryl Gerber for The Hechinger Report.

A school district wades through a deluge of social-emotional curricula to find one that works

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Meghan Groves shows off a book in which her students have chronicled their hopes and dreams for their future. The book is part of a social-emotional learning strategy used by Washington-Lee Elementary School and a growing number of schools nationwide. K-12 Curriculum Data and research Discipline Graduation and dropouts Mental health and trauma poverty Principals Race Social emotional

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

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What does personalized learning mean to the perennial tug-of-war over content — in higher education’s “great books” debate over whether students should absorb the Western canon or study what they want, and, at the K-12 level, over the Common Core? K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts online learning Personalized Learning teachersDan D. Rogers Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sudhir Vasal created math lesson pathways so each child can progress at their own pace.

New programs find ways to foster student resilience

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That’s the core argument of a new book by Julia Freeland Fisher, director of education at the innovation-focused Christensen Institute. K-12 News achievement gap English language learners Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Immigrants and Refugees Immigration Personalized Learning poverty RaceThe Hechinger Report is collaborating with The New York Times to produce Bulletin Board, page 2 of the Times ’ s education supplement, Learning.

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

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And the dropout rate among the first Muniz cohort, the class of 2016, was just 2.5 Their classroom libraries stock books by Isabel Allende and other Latin American literary giants. “In K-12 News achievement gap English language learners Graduation and dropoutsStudents participate in morning workshops in advance of national May 1 “Day Without Immigrants” rallies, learning also about the labor rights history of May Day rallies worldwide.

Can ‘work colleges’ in cities become a low-cost, high-value model for the future?

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DALLAS — It’s not uncommon for college students to work to save money for everything from books to spring break vacations. Higher Ed News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion poverty Race SolutionsParticipants from the college’s Summer Bridge program traditionally leave their mark on campus in the school colors of black, purple and gold. Photo: Delece Smith-Barrow.

STUDENT VOICES: Kids bring into school what they’re dealing with at home. Teachers don’t get that

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A photojournalist, she’s at work on an oral history book project, interviewing scores of public school students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, across the country. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent Voices. What do kids really think about school? How would they change it?

These students are finishing high school, but their degrees don’t help them go to college

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Related: How one district solved its special education dropout problem. How one district solved its special education dropout problem. She can read the same books as her peers ― even if they’re in a modified format. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Special educationJulie Comeaux and son Matthew begin their home-schooling lesson for the day. Matthew has been home-schooled for the last year.

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

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Special education high school students used books more appropriate for middle school and never had to write essays of more than a few hundred words. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Special educationMark Nelson poses for a photo at Citrus College in Glendora, California. Credit: Melissa Lyttle for HuffPost.

STUDENT VOICES: The education system encourages students to be dead inside

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A photojournalist, she’s at work on an oral history book project, interviewing scores of public school students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, across the country. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Race Rural schools Solutions teachersStudent Voices. What do kids really think about school? How would they change it?

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

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Lynette Tannis, author of a book about educating incarcerated youth and an adjunct professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, said she sees more examples of what shouldn’t be happening in juvenile justice facilities than examples to celebrate. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts poverty Solutions

The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

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In high school, his teachers gave general tips on how to handle college work, such as using an assignment book to keep track of your due dates. He’d talk to his professor about not having the book. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Special educationAdam Salomon at his high school graduation. Salomon’s mother, Karen, says he was not prepared for life after high school. Photo: Karen Salomon for The Hechinger Report.

Why placing students in difficult high school classes may increase college enrollment

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Being able to have a discussion about … books is a lot of what I did in high school,” she said. “I K-12 News Data and research Graduation and dropouts Higher education access povertySpokane has used outside nonprofits to help its students search for and apply to colleges. In May, one organization, College Success Foundation, held a College Signing Night to celebrate 170 seniors who were bound for four-year schools. Photo: Sarah Butrymowicz. SPOKANE, Wash.

STUDENT VOICES: Teachers put you in situations to make you stronger

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A photojournalist, she’s at work on an oral history book project, interviewing scores of public school students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, across the country. I just like reading and diving into different books, and I like writing about it after I read it, so I know what I learned and what I need to work on. I like reading books because I think it helps me understand things better, like big words. Student Voices. What do kids really think about school?

Movie magic could be used to translate for the deaf

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You can’t just make an animated phrase book.”. You can’t just make an animated phrase book. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Personalized Learning Special educationMatt Huenerfauth (right), director of the Linguistic and Assistive Technologies Laboratory at the Rochester Institute of Technology, records video and motion-capture data from someone performing American Sign Language (ASL). His laboratory is developing software to animate ASL avatars.