ERIC Number: ED372646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Valued Youth Program: Dropout Prevention Strategies for At-Risk Youth.
Robledo Montecel, Maria; And Others
A federal program designed to reduce dropout rates in middle schools among limited-English-proficient (LEP) students is described. The program trains LEP middle school students at risk of dropping out as tutors for elementary school children. A demonstration project trained 101 Hispanic student tutors in two Texas school districts. Evaluation of this project over two years included investigation of its implementation, dropout prevention results, and the academic achievement, self-concept, school attitudes, attendance, and discipline records of participating students in comparison with others. The project included classes for the student tutors, tutoring sessions, field trips, identification of adult role models, and special activities in recognition of the tutors' contributions. Support functions included curriculum development, coordination, staff development activities, parent involvement, and program evaluation. Measurable results of the program for participating tutors include a lower dropout rate, improved reading grades, and improved self-esteem and school attitudes. Program expansion is under way. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Achievement Gains, Bilingual Education, Bilingual Students, Classroom Techniques, Dropout Prevention, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, High Risk Students, Hispanic Americans, Limited English Speaking, Middle Schools, Peer Teaching, Program Descriptions, Program Design, Program Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Tutorial Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Malave, Lilliam M. Ed. National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE). Annual Conference Journal, NABE '92-'93. See FL 022 341.