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ERIC Number: ED358986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Learning Visions.
Phelps, Margaret S.; And Others
This paper describes LEARNing Visions, a K-12 intervention program for at-risk youth in Jackson County, Tennessee, involving a partnership between the schools, local businesses, Tennessee Technological University, and Visions Five (a private company). Jackson County is characterized by an undereducated population, a high employment rate, and a low per capita income. For 1989-90, the dropout rate was 24.2 percent, and 42 percent of students qualified for free or reduced-price lunches. The project aims to reduce the number of school dropouts and targets all students in the four county schools. Program components include: (1) ensuring school attendance through daily monitoring of absentees and follow-up contacts with students and families; (2) academic interventions that include the services of a full-time teaching assistant, curriculum enhancement, and faculty development; (3) encouraging parental involvement by informing parents of school endeavors, creating a school climate that welcomes parents, and involving parents in meaningful ways with formal education; (4) additional counseling services aimed at crisis prevention through conflict resolution, early intervention, and freer access to counseling; (5) activities involving the business and professional community in providing career awareness and preparation; and (6) increased communication between school and community social services to provide better coordination of social services for children and parents. Initial observations indicate improvements in student attendance, communication with parents, educational technology, curriculum, and tutoring services. Basic educational attitudes of students, families, and teachers are changing slowly. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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