ERIC Number: ED319132
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Instructional Alternatives: Rescue Strategies for At-Risk Students.
Wircenski, Jerry L.; And Others
NASSP Curriculum Report, v19 n4 Apr 1990
An instructional plan to rescue at-risk students must be based on a curriculum intended to serve all students. The creation of a functional curriculum, the promotion of employability skills, and an emphasis on improving study skills are instructional patterns that seem to be effective in reducing the number of student dropouts. Two alternatives that have proved effective in reorienting potential dropouts are peer tutoring and cooperative learning. Other elements that can help reduce dropouts are student support services and cooperative planning among agencies. At-risk students require the most positive learning climate a school can possibly maintain. School systems must provide skilled and knowledgeable professionals to work with at-risk young people. Cited as examples of successful programs are the following: (1) "Employment Skills Program and Designated Vocational Education," Verona, Wisconsin; (2) "Vocational Entry/Exit-Level Skills Project," Camden, Missouri; (3) "Special Needs Transition Program," Chaska, Minnesota; (4) "Project Strive," Rockaway, New Jersey; (5) "Southeast Oakland Vocational Center Project," Royal Oak, Michigan; and (6) Frederick County Vocational Evaluation/Support Team," Frederick, Maryland. (MLF)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Development, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Rate, High Risk Students, Instructional Leadership, Peer Teaching, Relevance (Education), School Counseling, School Role, Secondary Education, Socialization, Tutoring, Values Clarification
Publication Sales, National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 ($1.75; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.