ERIC Number: ED377994
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct-24
Reference Count: N/A
LEarning Visions: A Rural Dropout Prevention Model.
Phelps, Margaret S.; And Others
This paper describes a K-12 intervention program for educationally at-risk youth in Jackson County, Tennessee. The LEarning VISIONS (LV) program involves teachers, administrators, parents, business leaders, and higher-education personnel in an effort to integrate a variety of long-term intervention strategies while respecting the rural context and local values. The program has six major components: attendance monitoring and support, which includes regular communication with families; academic assistance and innovation involving extra teaching assistants and curriculum change; integrated social services for families; parental education and involvement with particular attention given to teenage parents; increased counseling services for both students and faculty; and career awareness and guidance activities including National Diffusion Network materials. Emphasis has been on institutionalizing practices that can be sustained with local resources; many program components are now accepted as the norm and are funded at least in part through other than federal grant sources. Since the beginning of the program 3 years ago, attendance and test scores are up, more parents are interacting with the schools, the school system has a more positive image in the community, and the schools appear to be more academically focused. (RAH)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Attendance, Counseling Services, County Programs, Demonstration Programs, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Instructional Innovation, Integrated Services, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Rural Education, Social Services, Tutoring
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
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