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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.

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.

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.

One of the first articles describing the early warning indicator research conducted by a team from Johns Hopkins University and the Philadelphia Education Fund.

August 2009

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.

Adult advocates serve as influential role-models and champions

  • Big Brother / Big Sister connections
  • School to work connections
  • In-school youth buddies
November 2006

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).

A tool/handout to provide sentence starters and stems to help students practice accountable talk in the classroom.

School-based systems

  • 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 checklist for communication and implementation of highly effective Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).