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ERIC Number: ED517250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 53
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Partners in Prevention: The Role of School-Community Partnerships in Dropout Prevention. The Report of the NASBE Study Group on School-Community Partnerships
National Association of State Boards of Education
Today's society is global, multicultural, multilingual, and digitally connected. Learning no longer occurs just in the classroom, delivered by teachers. At the same time, research has repeatedly shown that no single strategy or approach will turn around low-performing schools and reengage students. As a result, districts and schools are reaching out to the community to aid them in the education and support of these youths, especially during economically difficult times. Responding to these issues, in 2009 the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) convened a study group to examine the dropout crisis and discuss how school-community partnerships is a critical strategy within a systemic, comprehensive model to combat the crisis. Although partnerships are most often conducted at the school and district level, state leaders can leverage their role to provide support and infrastructure, create policies, lead by example, and use their bully pulpit to support school-community partnerships while highlighting the urgent need to address the dropout crisis. The purpose of this report is to: (1) Provide an overview of the dropout crisis; (2) Discuss school-community partnerships as an evidence-supported strategy within a systemic, comprehensive model to combat the crisis; (3) Issues and challenges to consider in developing partnerships; and (4) Provide state-level recommendations for developing best practice model partnerships, including: (a) Leveraging the role of the state board of education to highlight and elevate the urgency to reduce the dropout crisis and prepare students to be globally competitive; (b) Creating a systemic, comprehensive framework around an inclusive vision for student success that includes partnerships across programs and with families and the broader community; (c) Developing a longitudinal, comprehensive data system that includes student's academic, behavioral, and health data that could provide real-time information and flag students at risk of dropping out. The data system should also include services and programs that the student and school is involved in; (d) Providing districts and schools with the necessary training, professional development and technical assistance and information on best practice models of school-community partnerships and dropout prevention; and (e) Creating multiple pathways to graduation, this includes allowing students to earn credits for workforce development. These courses could also earn students an industry certification if they pass and meet all requirements. (Contains 3 tables, 10 figures and 63 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education