Being an educator it is extremely difficult to read on the Internet, newspaper and hear on the television that the high school graduation rate is not producing students to meet the demand for the 21st century job market. We all must take an interest in how best to keep students especially students of color where 47% of African Americanmales are not graduating nationwide to meet the guidelines of the federal law of No Child Left Behind. A study titled “Yes we can” revealed the numbers were worse in New York (25%) and Nashville (28%). Public and private schools cannot do it alone. The Department of Education announced No Child Left Behind waiverprogram where US Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan announced Monday, August 08, 2011 a way around tough standards by the law. To receive a waiver states will look into other educational reforms including strategies on graduation and dropout rates.
Even though the status does not look good but there are schools and programs that are combating ways to lessen the dropout rate and get our children ready for success. The Boys and Girls Clubis helping children graduate high school nationwide for success. Connect your local Boys and Girls Club for more information and see how your child can enroll or you can volunteer. The Associated Press published “States brace for grad rate dips as formula changes” highlights programs that states are doing to reduce dropout rate and use individualized programs for each student’s success with this formula and including community resources. And the last program to share is City Yearis helping students graduate by working with all for their success in the 21st century.
The Schargel Consulting Groupsuggests 15 effective strategies for prevention dropout and more information on each. These are some of the strategies that can be implemented as stand-alone or a combination.
- Service learning
- Alternative schooling
- After school opportunities
- Family engagement
- Early literacy development
- Individualized instruction
- School-community collaboration
These strategies have been recognized by the US Department of Education and National Education Goals Panel. The National Dropout Prevention National Conferencewill be held October 9, 2011 to October 12, 2001 where breakout sessions will address issues on school leadership and school culture. The conference will be held in Schaumburg, IL.