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.

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.

Teacher dropouts

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Online learning can open doors for kids in juvenile jails

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Sophia Jones-Redmond, superintendent of the district, which serves students from ages 13 to 21, said that a blended-learning model has been a major factor in this success. Illinois’ effort to bring online learning to juvenile justice facility classrooms is rare nationwide.

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.”

Will colleges with sky-high default rates face consequences?

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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.

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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

Some colleges seek radical solutions to survive

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Colleges are also working to reduce their numbers of dropouts on the principle that it’s cheaper to provide the kind of support required to keep tuition-paying students than to recruit more.

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.

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

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With this in mind, more school districts and local governments are trying to identify lower-cost learning opportunities that can still vault students into well-paying careers.

New programs find ways to foster student resilience

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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. PedsAcademy offers kids rare opportunities for engaging, high-tech learning while they’re at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando.

Going back to school after 50

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We have a lot of those students who have a bachelor’s and are maybe coming back to learn a new skill or get certified as a realtor or become a chef.”.

The big jobs of small-town principals

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Today, research suggests that school leadership can have a profound impact on student learning. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Parents Personalized Learning poverty Principals Rural schools teachers

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

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Learning how to effectively manage college’s abundance of free time — which can be a shock for many students who are accustomed to a structured schedule in high school — was also a focus of questions.

Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

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Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. 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.

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

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She’d dreamed of attending the State University of New York at Albany — before learning how expensive it was. Higher Ed K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Mental health and trauma poverty Social emotional

The journey to student-centered learning


And we keep wondering about the high rates of dropout students. Kids don’t learn the same. And when their specific learning needs are met, the percentage of underachievers and dropouts shrinks, engagement rates and the likability of going to school go up, as well as student performance.