Preventing Dropouts: An Impossible Dream?

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If they pursue postsecondary education, they often wind up spending long hours in remedial courses trying to learn the mathematics, reading, and writing skills they should have acquired in high school. July 2, 2015, Volume 2, Issue 8, Number 3. Driving Question: What if we rethink teacher's professional preparation? In California, educators are facing a critical problem, an undiminished drop out rate.

3 Ways Big Data Can Soften the Campus Dropout Crisis

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And like any major problem, this mass exodus of dropouts must be addressed sooner rather than later through innovative interventions. The “soft” predictors, those subtle hints that are precursors to student dropout. Guest Article Written By: Bob La Loggia.

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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. The high dropout rate for students with disabilities is a pressing national problem.

Teacher dropouts

The Innovative Educator

Editor''s note: This is a living post to which I will continue adding the stories of teacher dropouts as they are brought to my attention. Both initiatives arise from ignorance of how people learn or deliberate indifference to it.

National Dropout Prevention Center Offers Resources

eSchool News

School closures are traumatizing students, families, and educators, presenting a new dropout risk factor and requiring schools to develop immediate virtual solutions. The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) has produced topical videos and virtual professional development to support schools and educators during current uncertain times. The second set of online courses includes 16 research-based effective dropout prevention strategies courses.

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


While asking him to leave school, the principal told Anthony that he’d be better off getting his GED and learning a trade. 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.

Edgenuity Joins On to Help Dropout Prevention Efforts

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Edgenuity, a supplier of online and blended learning solutions, has announced a partnership with the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) in the hopes of increasing high school graduation rates. K-12 Schools Edgenuity High School Dropouts National Dropout Prevention Network

A Test Worth Teaching To? How a College Dropout Plans to Replace the SAT and ACT


Developed with learning science, psychometrics and artificial intelligence, Imbellus is a digital, scenario-based assessment set in the context of the natural world. But we don’t want it to take 12 hours or 12 weeks to learn—it should take 12 years.” Kids have to learn something,” she emphasizes. Rebecca Kantar is fighting an uphill battle. She says so herself.

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.

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

The Hechinger Report

In this ongoing series, The Hechinger Report is visiting high schools that have beaten the long odds to learn what’s behind their success in improving graduation rates and sending more students to college. Related: How one district solved its special education dropout problem.

The Secret to Preventing Community College Dropouts? Start With Middle School


And one district in particular, the Putnam County School System in Cookeville , decided to push student ownership over higher education learning even further—with an extensive, dual-enrollment college credit program for high schoolers. EdSurge: I am here with Sam Brooks, who is the personal learning coordinator for Putnam County Schools in Cookeville, TN. Sam Brooks, Personal Learning Coordinator. We do have some distance learning.

With the Help of Google and SF Muni, A Bus Sets Off to Serve City's High School Dropouts


Good is the Executive Director of Five Keys , a network of brick-and-mortar learning centers and charter schools throughout the Bay Area. Now, Good and his team are trying to solve a new problem: helping high school dropouts get their diplomas in the face of strict gang lines, rundown schools, and spotty internet. The bus looks conducive to learning—but how about with 15 adult learners stuffed inside? percent of which are high school dropouts.

High school dropout pursues passions and becomes a multimillionaire

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David Karp began learning HTML at 11 and soon after was designing websites for local businesses. Ironically, Karp didn’t need to impress colleges since after taking ownership of his learning he realized he didn’t need school for success.

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.

The messy reality of personalized learning

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In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. If every child had a computer or iPad, she could log into a customized cyberclassroom and learn at her own pace.

Looking to Eliminate Dropouts? How Idaho Reached English Language Learners with a ‘Hybrid’ Course Experiment


In the past two academic years, Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA), an online state school created by the Idaho Legislature, has taken proactive steps to fix a key problem: losing English Language Learner (ELL) students before high school graduation, and losing them from highly technical and content-driven courses like biology. The synchronous sessions also provide a more authentic learning experience than can sometimes be provided exclusively in an asynchronous environment.

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

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Editor’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. Personalized learning in Juab is still a work in progress.

Coronavirus becomes unprecedented test for teacher-student relationships

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Of course, teachers want their students to master content, develop a love of learning and move on to the next grade. Related: Teachers need lots of training to do online learning. On Monday, Rose learned the student’s father had died.

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

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They miss their friends, their freedom and learning from a human being instead of a screen, but their chances of graduating are unlikely to change. Luis Gallardo’s favorite place to study was the library at the University of California, Berkeley.

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

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The Hechinger Report is collaborating with The New York Times to produce Bulletin Board, page 2 of the Times ’ s education supplement, Learning. Many teachers today try to give students more say in what and how they learn.

Long before coronavirus, student parents struggled with hunger, homelessness

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To learn more about how student parents are faring in the pandemic, I called officials at community colleges, where these students are more likely to be enrolled. NEW YORK — Annisha Thomas is a single mother of two who works at a Waffle House while attending Nashville State Community College.

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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

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

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These institutions are helping students find cost-free ways to leave campus, keeping dorms open for those who don’t have other options or identifying ways to enable less-wired students who can’t access online learning to still finish out the semester.

Feelings During FLOW-Related Learning

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Watch children, youth, and even adults when they are immersed in learning something of interest of them, and you will see often complete engagement and personal joy. It can be as simple as replicating real life learning in more formal schools. In real life, learners learn through.

The educational value of a black teacher

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If this is our chance to reimagine schools , remembering this history and prioritizing the protection of the black teaching force will be essential to create better places for black students to learn.

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. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

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

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Educators typically loathe the idea of denying anyone an opportunity to learn, which is what happens in a randomized controlled trial. Only Lorain County Community College continues to operate its program, which is currently called Students Accelerating in Learning program (SAIL).

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How parents of young kids make it through college

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Top e-learning trends to keep an eye on in 2020


If e-learning came to life as a method to augment face-to-face learning, it is now an approach to education that is bigger than the traditional method it was meant to support. Top e-learning trends to keep an eye on in 2020. Game-based learning. Immersive learning.

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

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Students 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. And the dropout rate among the first Muniz cohort, the class of 2016, was just 2.5

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

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The Greenfield model uses some rather commonplace strategies, such as integrating online learning, small-group instruction and greater parental and community involvement. Where the model pushes boundaries is in the addition of learning experiences called “expeditions.”

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

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Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. This work really takes everyone,” said Daphne Strader, Albuquerque Public Schools’ director of coordinated school health, who works to reduce various barriers to learning, including frequent absenteeism.

How the coronavirus has upended college admissions

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K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Hechinger West Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion online learning Parents povertyKaren Macias had hoped to visit colleges during spring break, but the coronavirus outbreak meant she spent the week picking up extra hours at her Walgreens job. Photo: Gissel Cardenas. Karen Macias had been planning to spend her spring break touring college campuses.

Subscribing to college and other visions of higher education’s future

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Rensselaer Polytech language students learn Mandarin Chinese by conversing with AI avatars. The learner, the learning provider and the employer all are speaking different languages that don’t interconnect.”. The way these kinds of learning get documented is also about to change.

All ninth graders study at the local 4-H center in this Maine district

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At the Telstar Freshman Academy in Maine, service learning is included as part of the curriculum. Bailey Fraser, 15 (left), and her stepsister Leah Kimball, 15, volunteer with Edible Bethel during their service learning block. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.