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. This week we’re bringing you a special episode of our weekly podcast. Listen here , or read more below.

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. Special education teachers joined meetings with general education teachers.

When Employment is the Goal, Should 'Student Success' Include Dropouts?

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At the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Community & Technical College, Associate Dean Kim Griffis says dropouts aren’t considered a failure, if the student has landed a job in the technical field they were training for. Noticing the dropouts, advisors reached out to the students and discovered many had left for a job in computer technical service. If a student drops out of college to take a job they are training for, should that count as success or failure?

Measuring Up–the Key to Meeting State/National Standards

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Each lesson includes independent practice with items that meet NGSS assessments, hands-on activities, experiments, and investigations. For example, the National Dropout Prevention Center conducted a year-long study of the Measuring Up program and its impact on student outcomes.

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

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Related: How one district solved its special education dropout problem. Every Monday, Webster principal Shelly Holman and her staff hold meetings with representatives from City Year, Communities In Schools and Talent Development Secondary.

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

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In hybrid courses, IDLA teachers and students meet on a weekly basis in real-time (synchronously), in addition to the asynchronous nature of online content and assessments, which students can tackle on their own time, at their own piece. Synchronous components of hybrid courses also provide an opportunity for instructors to better ensure students are meeting listening and speaking standards embedded within Idaho Core Standards.

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.

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

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Since 2014, the university has offered online video courses similar to those at Elizabethtown, but starting this fall, it will also host meetings over Zoom exclusively for first-generation parents, she said.

Colleges and states turn their attention to slow-moving part-time students

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Colleges and states are realizing that they won’t meet their enrollment targets or improve the proportion of their residents with higher educations if they don’t pay more attention to this part of the student population.

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. Hsiulien Perez, a senior at IU Northwest, jots down notes in Hawthorn Hall just before heading to an afternoon class.

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

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In addition to in-person coaching sessions, she fields text messages from students, gets on the phone with college officials to sort out financial aid snafus and even accompanies young people to their college campuses to visit financial aid and advisory offices and meet with staff.

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

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At private institutions like USC, recruited athletes clearly have an edge, and there’s also enormous pressure to admit sufficient numbers of students who can pay full freight and meet revenue targets.

Colleges must stop holding students hostage and release their debt

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One such student is Kassandra Montes, a senior at Lehman College , a four-year college in the Bronx, who has to take out loans to stay in school and struggles to meet basic needs like food and shelter.

Design to the Edges

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Rose, a former high school dropout, is a professor at Harvard University. I recently watched Todd Rose’s TEDx Sonoma County talk, “The Myth of Average.” Rose dropped out of high school because he was failing, but the truth is our educational system was failing Rose.

What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

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Meetings, not so much. So many meetings.”. Higher Ed K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion poverty RaceRyan Tillman-French, a developer for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Boston.

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

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Now, she’s the most outspoken person you’ll ever meet,” he said. Nearby Mingo and Greenbrier counties began implementing McDowell’s model after meeting with Fragile Peyton, who has also presented it to educators in Nicholas County.

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

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But they haven’t been given enough resources in their annual budgets to meet these new needs.”. The ideas stemmed from the group’s twice-monthly meetings at the Patchogue library, where they talked about parenting, navigating their new American home, and the schools.

The big jobs of small-town principals

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But today he still has a few more things to do before tomorrow’s meeting with the board. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts online learning Parents Personalized Learning poverty Principals Rural schools teachersMatthew Snyder applied for the job of superintendent in Cheraw, Colorado.

From foster care to college

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Later that day, she planned to study for her summer session classes, English and public speaking, and to meet with an advisor. Western Michigan sophomore Kayla Mayes has been in foster care for as long as she can remember.

Charter schools nearly destroyed this New Orleans school. Now it will become one.

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At an Orleans Parish School Board school board meeting last December, Lewis was seated on the dais touting a major victory for his administration. McKneely has been the target of slights and insults in very public settings, like parish school board meetings.

Segregated schools are still the norm. Howard Fuller is fine with that

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A 2016 study of black-led, Afrocentric charter schools by Martell Teasley, dean of the College of Social Work at the University of Utah, found that two-thirds of the schools failed to meet statewide standards, while other research shows that children in racially isolated schools fare poorly.

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

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Kuyper’s president, Patricia Harris, said the school, which already requires internships for all its degrees, wants to focus on how to meet the needs of working students.

After a tough but promising freshman year, Dartmouth student tackles change at elite campuses

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Financially, Dartmouth’s generous aid could not be beat: It’s one of a handful of well-endowed colleges that say they meet 100 percent of applicants’ demonstrated financial need.

Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

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By sending them off to spend their freshman years elsewhere and requiring them to meet certain academic targets, for instance, colleges ensure that students are motivated and likely to make it all the way to graduation rather than cost revenue by dropping out.

High schools fail to provide legally required education to students with disabilities

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high school with a traditional diploma, proving that his disability didn’t prevent him from meeting the same standards as his peers. Certificates of attendance are designed for students with severe cognitive limitations who cannot meet high school academic standards.

Special education’s hidden racial gap

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Experts say black and Latino parents often feel ignored and belittled at meetings with school officials, and their special-needs children are more likely to attend schools in high-poverty districts that lack the resources to provide them with the services they need to catch up.

A college scholarship meant to help low-income, black students now serves mostly white, middle-class kids

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At the time, a third of Louisiana’s adults were high school dropouts. Because TOPS pays for a student’s tuition, no matter the cost, the amount of state money needed to meet the scholarship’s promise jumped as schools raised the price.

Marching in Mardi Gras, a New Orleans school that once struggled shows off

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At Carver, an initially adversarial relationship between charter operator Collegiate Academies and school alumni has faded, as principal Jerel Bryant checks in with Carver grads through regular phone calls, monthly meetings with a small group of alumni advisors and a staff that now includes about a dozen Carver alumni. “I K-12 News Arts education Charters Graduation and dropouts SolutionsPamela Prout Foxworth-Carter, queen of the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale, and a Carver alumna.

Reimagining failure: ‘Last-chance’ schools are the future of American high schools

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It is features like these that have helped former high school dropouts like Rocheli Burgos — and other students who have struggled in school — get a second chance at earning a diploma. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Mental health and trauma Personalized Learning Solutions

A school once known for gang activity is now sending kids to college

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At that time, more than 80 percent of students were failing to meet state proficiency standards , and the school was graduating less than half of its students. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts poverty Solutions standards

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. They “didn’t bring up his ability to do the work,” Comeaux said of that January 2016 meeting. “He’s How one district solved its special education dropout problem.

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

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During his sophomore year, Nelson and his parents hired an advocate who began attending meetings with them. As we meet a student as a freshman at the door, not all of [their ability] is apparent as of yet,” Bibelheimer said. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Special education

The ‘forgotten’ part of special education that could lead to better outcomes for students

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Gunn said the district provides professional development for teachers that focuses on transition and has recently begun sending a teacher each month to a regional group meeting to discuss transition topics. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Special education

For students with disabilities, quality of education can depend on zip code

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Experts estimate that up to 90 percent of students with disabilities can graduate high school meeting the same academic expectations as their peers. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Investigations Special educationJawanda Mast with her daughter Rachel.

In rural Maine, a university eliminates most Fs in an effort to increase graduation rates

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He then mills around the room, meeting with students individually or in small groups. Higher Ed News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Higher education completion Personalized Learning Rural schools Solutions