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Mann, Syrinithnia; Whitworth, Jerry – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2018
For many years a leading approach to teaching at-risk students and reducing school dropout has been the use of alternative schools. There are unique challenges to providing educational services in alternative schools and teachers in those schools need specialized knowledge and skills to address these challenges. The same can be inferred for…
Descriptors: Paraprofessional School Personnel, Training, Staff Development, At Risk Students
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Rahimi, Regina; Liston, Delores – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2018
Nationally, one in four high school students drops out in high school. Georgia, in particular, is very concerning with a 67% high school completion rate (Hickman & Heinrich, 2011) and a 41% drop out rate recorded for girls (National Women's Law Center, 2007). While these statistics are disturbing, they do not do justice to the reality of the…
Descriptors: Females, High School Students, Dropouts, At Risk Students
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Rhodes, Judith; Thomas, Johanna M.; Liles, Alesa R. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2018
This exploratory-descriptive retrospective study examined the demographic, school-related, psychosocial risk factors, and service referrals among elementary school children (N=2,861) at risk for continued truancy. The study purposed to investigate the domains of staying in school and progressing in school, constructs associated with eventual…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, At Risk Students, Truancy, Correlation
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Woodson, Lorenzo; Harris, Sandra M. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2018
Past research has shown that African American/Black males are referred for special education evaluation at disproportionately higher rates compared to males of other racial/ethnic groups. Special education placement for African/American/Black males has been linked to adverse outcomes such as lower teacher expectations, low academic performance,…
Descriptors: Males, Special Education, Referral, Predictor Variables
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Kennedy, Brianna L.; Soutullo, Olivia – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2018
The increased use of exclusionary discipline over the past four decades has included educators sending students to involuntary disciplinary schools. Reasons for sending students often include infractions that are subjectively defined by educators and nonviolent in nature, suggesting that educators' beliefs about students and their behaviors play…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Discipline, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Flaum-Horvath, Shannon; Marchand-Martella, Nancy E.; Martella, Ronald C.; Kauppi, Cassondra – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2017
This study examined the effects of the SRA FLEX Literacy (FLEX) program provided to 44 middle school students considered at risk for reading failure as compared to their peers who were not at risk in reading (N = 197) who received instruction in the Holt Elements of Literature series. Two outcome measures were used to judge the effects of the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Reading Fluency, Oral Reading, At Risk Students
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Litzau, Christopher; Rice, Nancy – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2017
The number of students in the United States who did not complete high school decreased by 27% from 2008 to 2012 (Alliance for Excellent Education, America's Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, & The Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, 2015). This is a positive trend. High schools can help students complete school and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Developmental Studies Programs, Dropout Prevention, Reentry Students
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Boudreaux-Johnson, Marcy; Mooney, Paul; Lastrapes, Renée E. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2017
The study's primary purpose was to evaluate the effectiveness of a widely promoted close reading instructional routine for elementary grades students at risk for reading failure. Close reading is designed to help students read complex text independently and proficiently. Participants were six fourth-grade students receiving supplemental…
Descriptors: Grade 4, At Risk Students, Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies
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Villarreal, Victor – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2017
Extracurricular activity participation has been associated with a multitude of positive outcomes, including school completion, and research suggests that students at risk for school failure are particularly likely to benefit from participation. However, before extracurricular activity participation can be promoted to address such issues,…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Middle School Students, Hispanic American Students, Early Adolescents
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Berardi, Anna; Morton, Brenda M. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2017
Children in foster care have experienced significant trauma due to the loss of primary attachment figures and the circumstances associated with that loss. Children who have suffered trauma generally present with cognitive, social, physical, and emotional vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities are often expressed in the P-12 academic setting…
Descriptors: Foster Care, Trauma, Cognitive Development, Emotional Response
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Hartwig, Elizabeth Kjellstrand – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2017
The XY-Zone program is a leadership and peer support program that guides adolescent males as they journey into manhood. This mixed methods study examined the influence of the XY-Zone program on developmental assets and academic markers of males in grades nine through 12 who were identified as youth at risk of dropping out of school. Results…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Peer Influence, Adolescents, Males
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Sun, Jerry Chih-Yuan; Oh, Youn Joo; Seli, Helena; Jung, Matthew – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2017
The purpose of this study was to explore the motivational characteristics and learning behaviors affecting at-risk college students. To explore how motivation and learning behaviors are related to academic achievement, the relationships between (a) self-efficacy; (b) learning and study strategy indicators; and (c) academic outcomes were assessed.…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Outcomes of Education, College Freshmen, Prediction
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McDaniel, Sara C.; Kim, Sunyoung; Guyotte, Kelly W. – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2017
Positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based framework for preventing and treating challenging behavior in schools and improving overall school climate. The efficacy of this positive, proactive framework has been well established across varying school settings, yet little is known about schoolwide PBIS implementation…
Descriptors: Positive Behavior Supports, Stakeholders, Models, Educational Environment
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Hickman, Gregory P.; Sabia, Magaret F.; Heinrich, Randy; Nelson, LaCoñia; Travis, Frances; Veri, Tracy – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2017
The authors examined the predictive nature of attentional biases and initial grade point average of ninth graders dropping out of high school. Attentional biases are cognitive shifts in focus that are linked in both time and context toward stimuli perceived by an individual as threatening. Data were collected from 68 high school freshmen (45.6%…
Descriptors: Attention, Bias, High School Freshmen, Predictor Variables
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McDaniel, Sara; Yarbrough, Anna-Margaret – Journal of At-Risk Issues, 2016
Afterschool programs such as tutoring and school-based or community-based programs have effectively functioned as prevention and intervention programs for children at risk. This literature review focuses on afterschool mentoring programs for children at risk. The purpose of reviewing the literature was to (a) determine the breadth and scope of the…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, After School Programs, Mentors, At Risk Students
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