School Violence Prevention and Intervention
Schools and Special Education
Functional Behavioral Assessment
Prevention Strategies that Work
Prevention and Early Intervention
Promising Practice in Children's Mental Health
Strengthening the Safety Net
Preventing School Dropouts
The phenomenon of school dropouts is a major social problem that is especially serious among youth with learning disabilities and serious emotional disturbance (SED). However, educators are demonstrating effective programs that reach out to families and encourage students to stay in school and graduate.
Students at high risk for dropping out, typically, have a history of academic and behavioral problems. In an effort to establish positive school ties for each student, exemplary programs:
Outreach and Support for Families
Families represent a valuable source of support for school programs. Exemplary programs include several innovative practices that enlist families' active involvement. These:
Increased Staff Collaboration and Ongoing Professional Development
School staff need administrative support and encouragement to continue to reach out to high risk youth. Typically, there are few tangible rewards for working with challenging youth. Alternatives to increase staff collaboration and professional development, suggested by exemplary programs, include:
provide strong administrative leadership and a consistent vision of program goals, encourage a multi-disciplinary and "teaming" approach to instruction, coordinate school-wide rules and expectations for student behavior, and provide ongoing staff development and support.
Christenson, S., Sinclair, M., Thurlow, M., & Evelo, D. (1995, December). Tip the balance: Policies & practices that influence school engagement for youth at high risk for dropping out. ABC Dropout Prevention & Intervention Series. Washington, DC: US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
Evelo, D., Sinclair, M., Hurley, C., Christenson, S., & Thurlow, M. (1996, March). Keeping kids in school: Using Check & Connect for dropout prevention. Institute on Community Integration (UAP). The College of Education & Human Development: University of Minnesota.
Thurlow, M., Christenson, S., Sinclair, M., Evelo, D., & Thornton, H. (1995, December). Staying in school: Strategies for middle school students with learning and emotional disabilities. ABC Dropout Prevention and Intervention Series. Washington, DC: US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, 15-16.
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