(October 21, 2008) With schools losing one-third of their students on average, dropout prevention programs, even the most effective ones, cannot solve the persistent large scale problem we face. Schools as systems themselves must change to increase their ability to engage and educate students through to graduation. IDRA’s Quality School Action Framework shows how communities and schools can work together to identify weak areas and strengthen public schools’ capacities to improve the holding power of schools. In the first of a set of podcast episodes on this topic, IDRA president and CEO, María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D., describes the four elements in the Quality School Action Framework that must be in place for schools to be successful. Dr. Montecel is interviewed by Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., director of the IDRA Texas Parent Information and Resource Center. Send comments to
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IDRA School Holding Power portal (Texas high school level information)Designed for educators and community members to find out how well their high school campus is preparing and graduating students, what factors may be weakening school holding power, and what they can do together to address them.
Graduation for All E-letter (English/Spanish) Free monthly electronic newsletter by IDRA with up-to-date information on the dropout issue that you can use to take action in your school and community to strengthen school holding power.
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