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


Mary Jo Madda ( @MJMadda ) is Senior Editor at EdSurge, as well as a former STEM middle school teacher and administrator. In Tennessee, the education system made headlines a few years back when the state announced the “ Tennessee Promise ”—an initiative granting thousands of high school students the opportunity to attend two years of free community college.

How is STEM Education Shaping the Future of our Science Classes?

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As more school districts focus on STEM education, there is room to improve. What is STEM education? Simply, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). STEM education promotes a realm of benefits. Promoting STEM Education Awareness.

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

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

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But while New York’s efforts to stem summer melt are part of a broader trend, intensive coaching programs like CARA’s are still relatively rare, Castleman said, and “there’s a lot of promise to this approach.”.

Quantifying the risks of working while in college

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Only 6 percent of students from low-income families work in lucrative fields such as science, technology, engineering or math (STEM); business or healthcare, according to the report. Higher Ed News Graduation and dropouts Higher education affordability Higher education completion

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Two new documentaries showcase a long and winding road to college

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Unlikely ,” another new documentary related to college attainment, stems from the experience of Jaye Fenderson, a former admissions officer at Columbia University who became concerned by what she saw as the exclusionary nature of her Ivy League alma mater.

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

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In McDowell, educators aren’t reacting to problems, they’re seeking preemptive solutions, trying to stem the tide of generational poverty and trauma. Higher Ed K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education completion poverty Rural schools

From foster care to college

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He graduated from JW Sexton High School, a STEM-focused magnet school, in 2016. 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 emotional

Held back, but not helped

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Related: An urban charter school achieves a fivefold increase in the percentage of its black and Latino graduates who major in STEM. K-12 News Civil rights Graduation and dropouts Social emotionalDomonique Crosby raises her hand in calculus class at George Washington Carver High School.

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. Officials also believe the scholarship has helped stem a brain drain from the state. Related: To attract more blacks and Hispanics to STEM, universities must address racial issues on campus.

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

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He’s promised to add ACT prep, more Advanced Placement courses, and maybe even a STEM program. K-12 News Charters Graduation and dropouts RaceJunior Tye Mansion goes up to bat for the McDonogh 35 Roneagles. Jess Clark for The Hechinger Report.

Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

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Related: Universities and colleges struggle to stem big drops in enrollment. Higher Ed News Graduation and dropouts Higher education access Higher education affordability Higher education completion Investigations

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

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Unfortunately, she added, teachers often don’t know how to address this — a problem that stems from teaching preparation programs. “In K-12 News Graduation and dropouts Special educationMichael McLaughlin and his mother, Michelle, at Michael’s 2013 graduation.

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

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Related: An urban charter school achieves a fivefold increase in the percentage of its black and Latino graduates who major in STEM. K-12 News achievement gap Graduation and dropouts poverty Solutions standards

NYC’s bold gamble: Spend big on impoverished students’ social and emotional needs to get academic gains

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The school has struggled to stem sliding enrollment and to address poor safety ratings by parents and test scores that were among the worst in the city. K-12 News Graduation and dropouts poverty Principals RaceFourth-graders at P.S. 67 often work in groups.

4 things innovative districts do to improve graduation rates

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It is difficult for the 1,200-student district to offer STEM, foreign language or Advanced Placement courses year-round. Dropout prevention Featured on eSchool News Innovation Corner School Administration Top NewsForward-thinking practices focus on college and career readiness.

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They are developing a recommendation engine to leverage dropout rate data to predict and design interventions for at-risk students. After intervening and supporting approximately 16,000 students, dropout rates have decreased and test scores have improved.

We won’t have any black Mark Zuckerbergs or Bill Gates till we do this

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About one-third of all black collegians earn degrees in either a STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and math) field or in business, according to my analysis of integrated post-secondary education data system (IPEDS), the national dataset of college outcomes.

Millennials: The Straw That Will Stir Higher Education’s Next Disruption

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Famous billionaire college dropouts like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and the late Steve Jobs are prominent examples of successes who never completed undergraduate degrees. Distant Education Education News Featured Higher Education Op-Ed STEAM STEM Technology

Do students buy into maker culture?

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The results of this learning model speak for themselves, with the district rising in state education rankings, as well as experiencing fewer high school dropout rates. Featured on eSchool News News STEMMaker culture is going mainstream.

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

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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. K-12 News Civil rights Graduation and dropouts Immigrants and Refugees Immigration Crisis Politics Social emotional

Is a two-year college sometimes the best path to a four-year degree?

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The dropout rate is around 70 percent. Higher Ed Opinion Adult learning community college Graduation and dropoutsJocelyn Roman. California State University, Northridge is one of most diverse schools in the nation.

Are hazing, sexual assault, drinking and unabashed racism inevitable on campus?

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When college presidents can’t stem the horrid hazing, we have to hope that students step in. Higher Ed News Funding Graduation and dropouts Higher education completion New Orleans Race Race and Equity Segregation Universities Inc

Is college worth it? It’s a definite maybe.

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The top earning majors are predictable: STEM degrees and finance tend to have the higher payoffs than humanities and arts degrees, and engineering degrees pay the most.

The Professional Development Problem

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If we can’t effectively support our educators then expecting them to reverse the concerning trends of high school dropouts (more than ¼ fail to graduate H.S.), The training in this area is mostly academically focused, such as common core standards and STEM.

How young is too young to start introducing students to future careers?

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We have STEM careers, we have trades and everything in between,” said Ed Hidalgo, the chief innovation and engagement officer in the district and co-developer of the World of Work initiative. “We

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

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For an absurd example, if dropouts tended to take classes on Thursdays in their first semester at college, but students who completed their degrees didn’t, then you might worry about current students who are currently taking classes on Thursdays. But some STEM majors are tougher than others.

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3 Strategies to Combat Summer Learning Loss

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NSLA states summer learning loss “ is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower and higher income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high school dropout rate. The camp, which has been open to middle school girls free of charge for the past six years, introduces students to robotics and coding and aims to curb the gender gap in STEM careers by building and maintaining interest at this critical age.

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

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It stems from a 1964 decision by the College Board, which administers the SAT, to expand its market to Latin America with a Spanish-language edition of the predominant college entrance exam. Desirée Morales Díaz, who was accepted to American University but couldn’t afford to go there. “My

PBS to Present “Spotlight Education,” A Special Week of Programming Featuring Reports About America’s Students and New Models of Learning, September 12-17

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National and local reporting, both on air and online is helping communities understand the challenges and community-driven solutions associated with the dropout crisis. This is an important documentary series for everyone. Please share this information.

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Kids Don’t Fail, Schools Fail Kids: Sir Ken Robinson on the 'Learning Revolution'


The problems tends to arise when kids go to school because the deeper they get in, the more they start to lose interest,” Robinson said, pointing to the United States’ large student dropout percentage as evidence that school—as a system—is failing students. Mary Jo Madda ( @MJMadda ) is Senior Editor at EdSurge, as well as a former STEM middle school teacher and administrator.

At a growing number of colleges, faculty get a new role: spotting troubled students

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The inexperience of modern-day faculty with helping students who have non-academic problems stems in part from the evolution of American higher education, said Adrianna Kezar, a professor of higher education at the University of Southern California who studies this.

A Skills Gap From College to Career Doesn't Exist. It's the Awareness Gap We Need to Fix.


In the United States alone, jobs website Indeed reports that reduced productivity stemming from open positions accounted for $160 billion of lost revenue in 2014. high-profile dropouts and the rise of the so-called “ anti-credential.” A popular narrative in the employment market today is that a "skills gap" exists between the abilities employers seek in candidates and the capabilities that new college graduates gain through postsecondary education.

How a Chinatown school is trying to bring more diversity to theater

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A study found an 18-percent difference between dropout rates for low-income students with high arts participation (4 percent drop out) and those with less arts involvement (22 percent). Yet, funding for the arts currently shows no sign of rebounding from cutbacks stemming from George W.

Teachers are first responders to the opioid crisis

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Overall, there’s been an increase in graduation rates and a decrease in dropouts. And he hopes they stay in the area and help revitalize it, stemming the tide of transience and instability. Greg Cruey, a teacher at Southside K-8 school, greeting students in the morning.