Effective Strategies Series

The Effective Strategies for School Improvement Series includes research-based, practitioner guidebooks based on the 15 most effective approaches to dropout prevention. The series is designed to reach a wide audience: individuals, schools, administrators, preservice teachers, and graduate students.

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Alternative Schools: Best Practices for Development and Evaluation

Reimer, M. S., & Cash, T.

The information in this volume serves as an overview of important factors to consider for those seeking new approaches to education of all children in alternative learning environments. Specific ideas are offered for program implementation, accountability for student learning, and quality service provisions. An outline of quality indicators will be useful to those already involved in managing education via alternative schools. (2003)

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Alternative Schools: Best Practices for Development and Evaluation

Beyond the Bully Pulpit: The Mayor's Role in Dropout Prevention

Lambert, E. M.

Learn how elected officials, in particular mayors, can be engaged in dropout prevention and what school officials and citizens can do to engage their elected officials. (2010)

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Beyond the Bully Pulpit: The Mayor's Role in Dropout Prevention

Building Authentic Relationships with Youth At Risk

McGrane, G.

Authentic relationships between students and educators are important in the process of learning. Building these relationships with disengaged or at-risk students can be difficult at best. This monograph presents an overview of an approach to building authentic relationships based on the experience, insights, and educational background of the author, who is both a principal and a clinical social worker. Building trust as a means to building relationships is presented as the base of this approach. The theory behind it and the five essential strategies to building trust are presented with supplementary resources. (2010)

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Building Authentic Relationships with Youth At Risk

Closing the Gaps: A Comprehensive Dropout Prevention Plan in a Rural School District

Richardson, I. A., & Turbeville, S. E.

A rural county came together to collectively address the dropout problems facing their school district. With careful analysis of the educational needs of the community, this community collaboration implemented a comprehensive dropout prevention plan, providing others with a powerful model for success. (2005)

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Closing the Gaps: A Comprehensive Dropout Prevention Plan in a Rural School District

Comprehensive School Reform: Common Issues and Lessons Learned for Improving Low-Performing Schools

Duttweiler, P. C.

An overview of the Program Assessment and Review (PAR) process, a model for school improvement, is presented. The New York State Education Department chose this model as part of their dropout prevention initiative for low-performing middle schools. The commonalities of the 12 school districts participating in the project are offered as a perspective on what other districts can do to improve instruction and achievement in their schools. (2003)

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Comprehensive School Reform: Common Issues and Lessons Learned for Improving Low-Performing Schools

Creating a Sense of Place and Belonging: How to Meet the Emotional and Affective Needs of K-12 Students

Stegelin, D. A., & Bailey, B. N.

This publication presents the case for creating a sense of place and belonging for our diverse student population. (2004)

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Creating a Sense of Place and Belonging: How to Meet the Emotional and Affective Needs of K-12 Students

Early Literacy Education: First Steps Toward Dropout Prevention

Stegelin, D. A.

Literacy skills are the crucial foundation for success in school. Dr. Stegelin suggests ways to develop literacy skills at the preschool level. Parents, teachers, and decisionmakers who are committed to supporting and nurturing early literacy development will find this publication helpful. (2002)

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Early Literacy Education: First Steps Toward Dropout Prevention

Family Literacy Strategies: First Steps to Academic Success

Stegelin, D. A.

This book describes and defines family literacy; provides a research basis for it; and offers concrete, effective strategies for family literacy. Dr. Stegelin presents a treasure house of ideas and strategies to help all families engage in meaningful literacy activities. Many of these activities are free. Dr. Stegelin demonstrates how many family activities can be turned into a literacy event. The book is designed to be used directly by schools and other agencies that support family literacy programs and activities. This is a companion piece to Early Literacy Education: First Steps Toward Dropout Prevention. (2003)

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Family Literacy Strategies: First Steps to Academic Success

Improving Reading for Academic Success: Strategies for Enhancing Adolescent Literacy

O'Connor, P., Bintz, W., & Murray, R.

If your students can't read, they cannot learn science, math, or history and are more likely to become dropouts. With this latest publication, educators at the middle and high school levels will learn techniques to assist their struggling readers in learning important reading skills, no matter what these educators teach. (2009)

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Improving Reading for Academic Success: Strategies for Enhancing Adolescent Literacy

Middle College High Schools: A Meaningful Option for Disconnected High School Students

Grier, T. B., & Peterson, K. D.

Middle college is an alternative approach to re-engaging high school youth that has shown great success. Learn how these small high schools on college campuses provide a second chance to many students. (2006)

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Middle College High Schools: A Meaningful Option for Disconnected High School Students

On-Site Technical Assistance: How to Increase the Knowledge and Skills of Child-Care Professionals

Stegelin, D. A., Sutton, D. N., & Helsel, C. N.

Use this publication to find effective techniques and practices to provide quality, on-site technical assistance to faith-based and private child-care center professionals. (2004)

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On-Site Technical Assistance: How to Increase the Knowledge and Skills of Child-Care Professionals

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Dropout Prevention

Malloy, J. M., & Hawkins, M. O. (Eds.)

This thorough presentation of the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) model provides educators with a systemic approach to dropout prevention. In addition, results from implementation in several New Hampshire high schools illustrate its strengths. (2010)

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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Dropout Prevention

Research-Based Remedial Reading Strategies for Teens

Griffith, C. A.

Research-Based Remedial Reading Strategies for Teens provides the basis for an understanding of the core components or remedial reading instruction, methods for evaluating adolescents¹ reading skills and abilities, and reading resources that can be used by a teacher. (2011)

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Research-Based Remedial Reading Strategies for Teens

Strategies for Adolescence: Turning It Around for Middle-School Students

Tait, C. N.

Entering adolescence presents an array of issues that those who work on behalf of adolescents can confront to help students who could easily become at risk. (2004)

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Strategies for Adolescence: Turning It Around for Middle-School Students

The High-Performance Workforce and the At-Risk Student

O'Connor, P.

A growing phenomenon is the changing needs of the workplace, with employers throughout the country calling for employees to be better prepared. The author of this monograph recognizes that the dropout situation impacts our economic challenges and provides examples of successful approaches to meeting the educational needs of at-risk students so they can become part of the high-performance workforce. (2006)

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The High-Performance Workforce and the At-Risk Student

The Principal's Role in Dropout Prevention: Seven Key Principles

Edwards, S., & Edwards, R.

A principal, effective with students at risk, shares his strategies for successful school leadership. (2007)

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The Principal's Role in Dropout Prevention: Seven Key Principles