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Confronting the School Dropout Crisis
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Confronting the School Dropout Crisis
Insights and Interventions From a Former Dropout

Foreword by Jim Rex



November 2024 | 120 pages | Corwin

Reach out before they drop out

Student dropout rates continue to soar, despite decades of funding, research, programs, and professional development initiatives. This is a wakeup call.

Written by a former school dropout, Confronting the School Dropout Crisis encourages educators and related professionals to discover and explore the sometimes unnoticed reasons that youth drop out of school. With fresh strategies for prevention and intervention, this critical resource includes:

  • How to reach and recover students who are at risk of dropping out or who already have
  • Clear, impactful strategies that better engage and positively impact students who are at risk
  • Moving personal stories from teens and the author

Confronting the School Dropout Crisis invites you to rethink how you address real dropout issues with young people and how to incorporate fresh approaches to better reach and positively impact these students and their caregivers—before it’s too late.


 
Chapter 1: Introduction
 
Chapter 2: The High Costs of Dropping Out
 
Chapter 3: The Reasons Students Drop Out
Academic challenges

 
Disconnection/disengagement

 
Chronic discipline problem

 
Lack of school resources/supports

 
Technology/social media interference

 
History of chronic absenteeism and truancy

 
Bullying/school violence

 
Family mental and/or physical health issues

 
Peer influence

 
Substance abuse issues

 
Language/racial/cultural disparity

 
Extreme poverty

 
Pregnancy

 
Lack of Grit/Resiliency and a Self-Encouraging Mindset

 
Desire for more personal freedom

 
Author’s Personal Story

 
 
Chapter 4: What We Can Learn From Students
What We Can Learn from Students Who Almost Dropped Out

 
Insights from Students After They Dropped Out

 
A Landmark Study

 
Personal Stories from School Dropouts

 
 
Chapter 5: Strategies to Reach Students at Risk of Dropping Out
Addressing Students’ Mental Health Needs

 
Reaching Students Who Avoid Seeking Out Help from Others

 
Helping Students Find and Create Connection

 
Providing Restorative Discipline Practices

 
Developing and Enhancing a Personal Support System

 
Small Groups

 
Student Peer Helping and Mentoring

 
Home Visits

 
Encouraging Personal Strengths and Purpose

 
Starting Early Is Best

 
Remembering It’s Never Too Late

 
Peer Support

 
Author’s Personal Story

 
 
Chapter 6: Strategies to Strengthen Dropout Prevention
 
Chapter 7: Increasing Parent/Caregiver Involvement
 
Chapter 8: Advice From Former Dropouts
 
Chapter 9: The Rest of My Story

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