Communities hit hardest by the pandemic, already struggling, could face a dropout cliff

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The pandemic will create that dropout crisis if schools just focus on 11th and 12th graders and trying to catch them up. The pandemic will create that dropout crisis if schools just focus on 11th and 12th graders and trying to catch them up.

How one district solved its special education dropout problem

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The district’s class of 2010 had a 73 percent graduation rate for students in special education and a 13 percent dropout rate — double the dropout rate for the student body overall. Teachers like Parry began pushing for changes, and over the last decade district officials have worked to improve the experience of students in special education — and thus reduce dropout rates — by reducing the stigma and challenging the students more.

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Fewer teenage mothers, but they still present a dropout puzzle

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It’s particularly tempting to overlook this latter group because of the rapid decline in teen pregnancies over the last 25 years. The post Fewer teenage mothers, but they still present a dropout puzzle appeared first on The Hechinger Report. An 18-year-old attended an online high school in Detroit for young mothers, in 2015. Photo: Erin Einhorn for The Hechinger Report. With U.S.

OPINION: Misguided payment policies that fuel the college-dropout trap

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This group of 11 large public universities says individual payment shortfalls of $1,000 or less put 4,000 of its Pell-eligible seniors at risk of dropping out. The post OPINION: Misguided payment policies that fuel the college-dropout trap appeared first on The Hechinger Report. Image: © Sascha Steinach/DPA via ZUMA Press). Students who have outstanding balances that prevent them from finishing college are often short just a few dollars and a couple of credits.

ReUp Education Raises $6 Million Series A to Help College Dropouts Return

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ReUp was created by Entangled Group, an education consultancy and startup incubator based in San Francisco. Sarah Horn wants to correct a myth about students who stop college before graduating. Students don’t always leave college because they can’t handle the academic rigor. Often, she says, a life event usually interrupts their studies—starting a family or a parent becomes ill, for example—and the CEO of ReUp Education says students shouldn’t suffer for it. “It

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

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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. Related: How one district solved its special education dropout problem. Together they review a list of students for whom the data indicates a dropout risk.

After the pandemic disrupted their high school educations, students are arriving at college unprepared

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Freshman calculus students at the University of Texas at Austin work together in small groups to master calculus concepts they will need later in college and their careers. An aspiring mechanical engineer, Hamscho failed his first college calculus exam before he formed a study group.

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Can Peer Accountability Groups Help Students Achieve Their Goals?

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The school is known for its low dropout rate and high number of graduates who persist through college for at least four years. At Life Academy , students are in the same advisory group of peers throughout high school. Each group has about 20 students, ranging from ninth to 12th grade. Students play a big role in mentoring one another within these advisory groups.

College students to administrators: Let’s talk about mental health

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Students post anonymously to a campus-specific group or a broader audience. With JED’s guidance, the group examines how the university operates, from leave of absence policies (it lacked a formal one) and support services to how it communicates with students. “I MEQUON, Wis.

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Students who drop out for mental health struggles are turning to pricey programs to find their way back

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People of traditional college age, between 18 and 25, are also in the age group that is more likely than any other to experience mental illness , and most mental health conditions develop by the age of 24.

How one city closed the digital divide for nearly all its students

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The first thing the group did, Mickens said, was to start tracking the number of public school students in Oakland who already had a device and internet service, and those who didn’t. OAKLAND, Calif.

OPINION: The pandemic gave graduating high school seniors new strength and resilience

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That left students powering through learning challenges by texting classmates for help, forming Zoom study groups and capitalizing on free internet resources to help clarify difficult material.

OPINION: Now is not the time to put college plans on hold

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To stay on track, students should explore emergency aid options and seek out virtual study groups and online counseling.

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

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And policymakers say some of the same approaches could succeed for other groups that go to college at lower levels than whites for surprisingly similar reasons — including, in the United States, Hispanics, blacks, and native Americans. “A Ignoring groups like these not only means risking empty seats at universities as populations shift, say experts; it’s costly to economies.

How one district went all-in on a tutoring program to catch kids up

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Researchers and educators are considering various methods to fill these gaps, including small-group instruction, extended school hours and summer programs. The first group of tutors was placed in Title I middle schools, in which low-income families make up at least 40 percent of enrollment.

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Kids are failing algebra. The solution? Slow down.

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In a group of 30 students in an online platform, they can’t watch everyone and check their students’ body language as in the classroom, he said. When they break out into group work, no one talks except him. Ishmael Brown Jr.

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Opinion: Here’s how to make sure low-income high school graduates don’t put off college indefinitely

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Many publicly supported college-access nonprofits (groups like the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation ) deliver college-readiness programs to low-income middle and high school students. We could then share contact information with other groups willing to help.

To Boost Mental Health, Try Team Sports or Group Exercise

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” Now, this study only shows an association between group exercise and improved mental health, and can’t prove that the one causes the other. People who are depressed often isolate themselves, he says, so exercising in a group setting, “can help alleviate symptoms and deal with this very pernicious symptom of depression.” For some people, the idea of joining a team or any kind of group fitness activity is terrifying.

How the pandemic has altered school discipline — perhaps forever

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Diane Smith Howard, managing attorney for juvenile and criminal justice with the National Disability Rights Network, said her group has encountered cases of schools excluding kids from in-person instruction if they have disabilities that prevent them from wearing masks.

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Some evidence for the importance of teaching black culture to black students

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A Stanford University study finds that dropout rates were lower in Oakland, California, high schools that offered a special class for black students called the Manhood Development Program. For black boys who were offered the class in both grades, those annual improvements in dropout rates translate into a 3 percentage point increase in their high school graduation rate, according to Thomas Dee, the lead researcher and a professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education.

A school year like no other: The class of 2021 played ‘the hand we were dealt’

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We’re all a group of misfits,” he said. “I Coronavirus and Education Elementary to High School Featured Stories High School Reform Charters Graduation and dropouts Hechinger West Native education Rural schools The West

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Child care, car seats and other simple ways to keep teen moms in school

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And pregnancy is more common among Hispanic teens than among teens in any other racial or ethnic group, except American Indian and Alaska Native teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lee en Español. This story also appeared in Telemundo.

Long before coronavirus, student parents struggled with hunger, homelessness

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They need resources for food and child care, and we are trying to reach out and say we are here,” said Jackson, who has been collaborating with community groups to connect students – including the many who are parents – with technology and other basic needs.

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Federal relief money boosted community colleges, but now it’s going away

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In one class presentation, they offered to set up an anxiety support group for students and polled the class on how many would use it. Higher Education community college Funding Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

While focus is on fall, students? choices about college will have a far longer impact

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Now, just as happened in the last recession, it is likely to take them even longer and cost more, while — after years of hard-won progress — dropout rates rise and graduation rates fall. “We’re Dropout rates rose and graduation rates fell. “It’s

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.

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The educational value of a black teacher

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Black female teachers were more likely than any other demographic group to believe that their black male students would graduate from high school. Andre Perry Columnists K-12 New Orleans News Race and Equity achievement gap Charters Column Graduation and dropouts Race teachers

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Will the students who didn’t show up for online class this spring go missing forever?

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Principal Adrian Montes, top right, and educators from Redland Elementary, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, show a group of migrant students who weren’t logging in for online classes how to access their individual classes and assignments.

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Students have their own demands for school reopening

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While individual school districts in Arizona have opted to start the year online, the group is calling for remote learning statewide. Other student groups have also conducted surveys to capture students’ experiences. Chloe Pressley, 17, didn’t like what she was hearing.

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

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Brown said students told his group that since the lockdowns started, their most persistent problems have been lack of internet access, child care and food. Luis Gallardo’s favorite place to study was the library at the University of California, Berkeley.

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

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Individuals can help most, advocates say, by making financial donations to groups that are aiding students in need.

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OPINION: Higher Education needs to get comfortable with trial and error

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The good news is, we can break out of this competitive mode; a group of 11 public research universities is already showing how that’s done. Grand challenges facing society, like social mobility, sustainability, equity and the preservation of democracy, grow in complexity and urgency each day.

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

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The results were good: 35 percent of the treated group succeeded in getting a two-year associate degree within three years, nearly double the graduation rate of 19 percent for untreated students who only had access to the usual services on campus.

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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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Black parents hold more student debt than parents or nonparents of any other racial or ethnic group. 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

Coronavirus becomes unprecedented test for teacher-student relationships

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Nearly 12 million students in 2017 didn’t have broadband internet in their homes , according to a federal report , and the school leadership group Chiefs for Change is calling for better connectivity nationwide. “It

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OPINION: Four ways to support refugee students during the pandemic

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Here are some ways to help refugee students this fall and beyond: Hold weekly virtual small-group sessions. When schools closed down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, refugee students faced special hurdles.

A regional public university’s identity crisis

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At the University of Cincinnati, student leaders, representing groups advocating causes from fossil fuel divestment to anti-human trafficking, recently identified a common foe: university spending practices. “We

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How parents of young kids make it through college

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In addition, an array of foundations are encouraging innovation by supporting a million dollars in prizes for solutions that will help parents, including Imaginable Futures – a venture of The Omidyar Group – and Lumina Foundation, both of which are among The Hechinger Report’s many funders.

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COLUMN: Isolated in dorm rooms or stuck at home, some freshmen wonder if college is worth it

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Fogel, 18, can recite a list of typical college experiences she has missed out on: study groups, small seminars, office hours with professors, parties, football games, a chance to meet new people from around the world. Columnists Coronavirus and Education Elementary to High School From The Editors Desk Higher Education News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion

As Harlem Children’s Zone moves to export its model nationwide, Obama’s Promise Neighborhoods offer cautionary tales

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To foster these kinds of outcomes in other cities, Owusu-Kesse enticed Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children’s Zone’s founder and former CEO, out of semi-retirement to lead the initiative, which Owusu-Kesse sees as “a national hub” for local groups.