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2007

This document describes the National Center for School Engagement's 21 ways to engage students in school. It also describes best practices for improving student attendance, achievement, and attachment.

This checklist and step-by-step instruction helps teachers and school administrators plan rigorous and relevant classroom instruction.

This guide is divided into three sections. The first section outlines the developmental characteristics (the intellectual, social, physical, emotional and psychological, and moral characteristics) of young adolescents Turning Points schools seek to address. The second section addresses the implications these characteristics hold for teaching and learning by suggesting six areas Turning Points schools engage in to respond to the unique needs of young adolescent learners:

March 2006

While some students drop out because of significant academic challenges, most dropouts are students who could have, and believe they could have, succeeded in school. This survey of young people who left high school without graduating suggests that, despite career aspirations that require education beyond high school and a majority having grades of a C or better, circumstances in students’ lives and an inadequate response to those circumstances from the schools led to dropping out.

December 2013

This report is the first-of-its-kind research that aims to measure positive youth development through a multi-year study of students participating in 4-H out-of-school activities. The result is a model that is driving new thinking and approaches to youth development around the world.

December 2013

This report is the first-of-its-kind research that aims to measure positive youth development through a multi-year study of students participating in 4-H out-of-school activities. The result is a model that is driving new thinking and approaches to youth development around the world.

This template helps schools identify the necessary structures and supports for educating adolescents across six dimensions: school practices & structures, physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral.

This tool helps schools identify the key characteristics across five adolescent developmental areas (social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and moral) and brainstorm how they can adapt practices to best meet the needs of their students. This plan can help ensure that the setup of their school and classrooms will help students succeed, and the daily school routines are designed with middle grades students in mind.

October 2007

In this article, we summarize knowledge on the health benefits of high school graduation and discuss the pathways by which graduating from high school contributes to good health. We examine strategies for reducing school dropout rates with a focus on interventions that improve school completion rates by improving students’ health. Finally, we recommend actions health professionals can take to reframe the school dropout rate as a public health issue and to improve school completion rates in the United States.

March 2010

At-risk students, as well as parents and teachers of at-risk students, from public high schools throughout the US came together to share their perspectives on the high school dropout challenge and what they would be willing to do to keep more students on track to graduate. This report summarizes the stories from each group on the unique pressures and barriers they face and to share their thoughts and ideas for increasing the number of students who graduate from their high schools ready for college, career, and life. 

May 2011

This table helps school administrators assess the extent to which the factors associated with effective professional learning communities (critical elements, human resources, structural conditions) are present at their schools.

This guide helps organizations assess the extent to which the factors associated with effective professional learning communities (critical elements, human resources, structural conditions) are present at their organizations to determine if they are true professional learning communities, anxious organizations, or somewhere in the middle.

June 2013

This book chapter describes how organizations can develop effective professional learning communities.

2007

This article considers the practical, conceptual, and empirical foundations of an early identification and intervention system for middle-grades schools to combat student disengagement and increase graduation rates in our nation’s cities. Many students in urban schools become disengaged at the start of the middle grades, which greatly reduces the odds that they will eventually graduate.