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October 2012 Issue ~ Articles
Focus ~ School Holding Power
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María "Cuca" Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.
Texas Public School Attrition Study, 2011-12:
While Attrition Rates Continue their Decline in Texas, Schools Lost One in Four Students
Attrition rates have continued their slow decline in
See the full attrition study:
Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., says that without effective reform structures, equitable finances, program implementation structures, and passionate and dedicated leadership, we resign ourselves to lip service; to prevent high dropout rates and close the achievement gap, well-planned actions must be in place. In this article, she describes strategies and initiatives that research demonstrates have been not just successful in dropout prevention, but successful in preparing students for college.
An “Until Next Time” from San Antonio – On the Occasion of Celebrating 13 Years of the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program in
marking the completion of the Coca‑Cola Valued Youth Program there and marking the many success stories from the program during its 13 years in
See also, the original Spanish-language version and the video presentation from the event.
13 Years of the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program in
– What Have We learned?
IDRA’s Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program is a research-based dropout prevention program that since 1984 has been implemented in schools across the
as well as Puerto Rico and the
See the free eBook with the full evaluation summary: 13 Years of the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program in
October 2012 Issue ~ Newsletter Plus
Classnotes podcasts on dropout prevention and student success:
School Holding Power for Every Child – January 4, 2007
Framing Systems Change for Student Success – March 2, 2007
Action for School Change – October 21, 2008
Fundamentals for School Change – April 7, 2009
School Change Strategies – April 27, 2009
Counting Dropouts – November 24, 2009
Tool for Building Quality Schools – December 9, 2010
The Civil Rights Issue of Our Generation – April 29, 2011
See the free eBook: “Types of Dropout Data Defined”
Tool – Quality School Holding Power Checklist
OurSchool data portal – see district- and high school-level data
IDRA Graduation for All – October 2012
Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program
IDRA’s Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program is a research-based, internationally-recognized dropout prevention program that has kept 98 percent of its tutors in school. Learn more about the program and how to bring this program to your school.
Continuities – Lessons for the Future of Education from the IDRA Coca‑Cola Valued Youth Program
This publication vividly captures seven key lessons for improving the quality of education for all students. It presents the voices of youth, teachers, family members and program leaders and the reasons valuing youth is at the heart of school transformation. It was released on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program and in celebration of its success in keeping tens of thousands of students in school and positively impacting more than half a million children, families and educators on three continents.
Classnotes podcasts on the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program:
Teacher Perspectives of the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program
Continuities with Lessons in Dropout Prevention
Student Voices on Being Valued
Creating Leadership Opportunities for Students
Leading a Diverse Campus to Success
Dropout Prevention for Students with Special Needs
Professional Learning Communities in Schools
Learnings from the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program
Set of principles for policymakers and school leaders
Look Up Your County – See attrition rates and numbers over the last 10 years
Listing of other dropout and graduation studies
Courage to Connect: A Quality Schools Action Framework
At a time when public education makes a world of difference to our students, communities and economic success, many are looking for strategies that will work for them and that will last. Courage to Connect: A Quality Schools Action Framework shows how communities and schools can work together to strengthen their capacity to be successful with all of their students.