ERIC Number: EJ944702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
The Role of the Professional Learning Community in Dropout Prevention
Mullen, Carol A.; Schunk, Dale H.
AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, v8 n3 p26-29 Fall 2011
The focus of this commentary is the possibilities for learning communities in dropout prevention and their interventionist role in this problem. Educators are urged to develop advocacy for adolescents at risk of dropping out and failing to graduate. High school dropout has been described as a national epidemic, yet urban youth continue to be disengaged in their learning and success. The role of professional learning communities in simultaneously engaging students and improving schools offers a solution for dealing with the dropout problem. This type of collective school-wide initiative is potentially a significant strategy for coping with student disengagement, failure, dropout, and teacher isolation across grade levels. Work within learning communities can prepare teachers for the changing culture within their schools.
Descriptors: High School Students, At Risk Students, Dropouts, Intervention, Dropout Prevention, Faculty Development, Learning Activities, Interprofessional Relationship, Communities of Practice, Urban Youth
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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