ERIC Number: ED446873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Keeping Kids Connected: How Schools and Teachers Can Help All Students Feel Good about School...and Why That Matters.
Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem. Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Field Services.
Noting studies showing a critical link between students' relation to the school environment and their academic performance, attendance, attitudes, motivation, and post-high school success, particularly for at-risk students, this guide compiles widely recognized strategies to develop students' sense of connection to their school environment. The strategies are organized around four types of connecting experiences: (1) Belonging--including creating schools within schools, promoting positive peer relations, building connections to the community, and providing special help for highly mobile students; (2) Competence--including holding high expectations for students, and providing opportunities for authentic learning and assessment; (3) Empowerment--including providing opportunities for students to work together, and promoting meaningful participation in policy and decision making; and (4) Usefulness--including organizing service learning projects. The guide also includes strategies for fostering connections beyond the school day, in co-curricular activities, extended-day programs, and summer learning programs. The guide's appendices include a school resiliency-building assessment checklist, analysis of extended-day program models, and a brief annotated bibliography. Contains a 178-item bibliography. (HTH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Change Strategies, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Peer Relationship, Performance Factors, Resilience (Personality), Student Adjustment, Student Attitudes, Student Empowerment, Student School Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship
Oregon Department of Education, 255 Capitol Street NE, Salem, OR 97310-0203; Tel: 503-378-3310, ext. 485; e-mail: email@example.com.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem. Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Field Services.