ERIC Number: ED328958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Promising Strategies for At-Risk Youth. ERIC Digest No. 59.
At-risk students are often poor and members of minority groups. Solutions to the dropout problem are inseparably tied to combating poverty and could stimulate far-reaching educational change. Researchers have identified several elements of successful dropout prevention programs, including the need for early prevention; aggressive leadership; parental involvement; school-based solutions; attainable goals; empowered practitioners; a focus on continuous progress, problem-solving, and teamwork; smaller classes; integrated school and community services; and a caring, respectful attitude toward students. Three representative successful programs are: (1) the Accelerated Schools Program developed at Stanford University and replicated in Illinois schools; (2) the Annie E. Casey Foundation's New Futures Initiative aimed at establishing community collaboratives to address youth problems; and (3) Baltimore's Success for All program for disadvantaged innercity elementary school children, based on Robert Slavin's research findings. To solve dropout problems, educators must identify school population characteristics, examine the district's management information system, utilize its resources, pick workable solutions, and get community support for district goals. (14 references) (MLH)
Descriptors: Acceleration (Education), Change Strategies, Disadvantaged, Dropout Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Intervention, Prevention
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.