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.
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Creating a culture of inclusion and respect helps keep most students on track to academic success. This stragey may include the following:
Strategic classrooms where inclusive instructional strategies are aligned with individual needs of ALL learners (English Language Learners, Special Ed, and advanced)
This article By Joshua Mandel, Psy.D. of the NYU Child Study Center discusses the socail lives of adolescents from a psyhological point of view. It offers educators and parents information to help adolescents navigate bullies, cliques and other challenges.
This website features a course designed to provide educators with skills and techniques to manage and reduce conflict in schoolsl. It has tools that will:
"Enhance understanding of ways to manage and resolve conflicts effectively in school settings, improve the emotional climate in the school, and help you and other educators spend more time teaching."
A checklist for communication and implementation of highly effective Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).
- A system whereby every child is known well by one adult in the school and has routine opportunities to check in and get support (e.g., homeroom, advisory, mentoring)
- A system to check attendance twice daily and immediately inform parents/guardian of an absence
A tool/handout to provide sentence starters and stems to help students practice accountable talk in the classroom.
Specialists in public health and in adolescent healthcare have begun to recognize the promise of a more positive, asset-based approach to improve the health of our youth by focusing on healthy youth development (YD).
Adult advocates serve as influential role-models and champions
- Big Brother / Big Sister connections
- School to work connections
- In-school youth buddies
The researchers created a middle level school-based model designed to keep students on track and prepare them for high school. They have learned that it is possible to create a multi-tiered school improvement and intervention model in middle grades schools in high-poverty neighborhoods where large numbers of students need a range of supports to stay on track.
One of the first articles describing the early warning indicator research conducted by a team from Johns Hopkins University and the Philadelphia Education Fund.
40 to 60 percent of high school students become chronically disengaged from school — not counting those who already dropped out. Research indicates that social and emotional learning (SEL) programming for elementary- and middle- school students is a promising means to reducing problem behaviors, promoting positive adjustment, and enhancing academic performance.
This document introduces the five core groups of social and emotional competencies: 1) self-awareness, 2) self-management, 3) social awareness, 4) relationship skills, and 5) responsible decision-making.
This report describes the characteristics of school dropouts and discusses the use of an Early Warning System using attendance, behavior, and course grades data to predict dropouts and provide them with targeted interventions.
An article written by Robert J. Marzano, that discusses the importance of having high expectations for all students. He details a 4-step process to help when working with teachers who may be struggling or need assistance in this area.