ERIC Number: ED291827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Children at Risk: The Work of the States.
Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.
This study of at-risk youth and children highlights the states' interest in this problem, sparked by changing demographies, new state educational reform policies, the concerns of business and industry, and increasing national awareness. The nature of at-risk youth is examined and the obstacles to meeting their needs are discussed. Findings are presented from surveys of the education agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Virgin Islands; and of the directors of 69 programs identified as successful by the states and territories. Numerous strategies and program components are revealed in profiles of successful programs. Among the far-reaching recommended goals and activities are the following: (1) establish high quality educational programs for children from preschool to second grade; (2) provide a challenging curriculum; (3) provide alternative programs; (4) provide all students with skills training to promote employability; (5) assure an integrated school initiated community-home support system; (6) develop curricula and instructional techniques that will enhance diverse cultural understanding; (7) promote the need for staff who reflect the cultures of the students; (8) improve teacher pre-service and in-service training; (9) initiate appropriate data collection systems; (10) provide services for pregnant and parenting teenagers; and (11) develop public education campaigns about the consequences of being at risk. (VM)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Demography, Dropouts, Early Childhood Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrichment Activities, Family Life Education, High Risk Students, Minority Group Children, Program Effectiveness, State Aid, Success, Urban Education, Youth
Resource Center on Educational Equity, Council of Chief State School Officers, 400 N. Capitol St., N.W., Suite 379, Washington, DC 20001 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.