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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Dropout Prevention

Learn about programs and share ideas to support at-risk students and keep all young people in school.

Middle School's Role in Dropout Prevention

Anne O'Brien shares research and resources for helping secondary students stay in school.




Photo Gallery: Success Starts with Strong Relationships

Educators at this Houston school help kids go on to college and careers by challenging and supporting them.


Administrators: Tough Love

At YES Prep, sustaining high levels of achievement requires constant vigilance.

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A School Grows Great Educators

At YES Prep, grabbing top-notch talent isn't always an option. Out of necessity, they are developing their own.

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Principal Philip Wright on Building Relationships at YES Prep North Central

Philip Wright on Building Relationships

YES Prep North Central's principal talks about the school's approach to productive student conduct.

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YES Prep: Mark DiBella on How to Lead a Change

Mark DiBella on How to Lead a Change

YES Prep's school director discusses how to create a positive environment for everyone in the school community.

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YES Prep Cultivates Parent Engagement

Cultivating Parent Engagement

A focus on family involvement is one reason for student success in the rigorous college-prep environment at YES Prep North Central in Houston, Texas.

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YES Prep: College-Bound Culture

How YES Prep Prepares Students for College and Beyond

A focus on college preparation for all students helps get them to four-year schools.

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Using Staff Expertise to Increase Graduation Rates

Anne O'Brien explains how a school district in the state of Washington dramatically increased graduation rates in their high schools.

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Silent Statistics: Student-Performance Data Misses the Most Important Outcomes

The information gleaned from standardized tests may not measure some of their worst side effects.

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Help Me, I'm Failing: Louisiana Students Falling Behind Learn How to Move Ahead

A middle school program helps keep students from being left behind and left despondent.

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Report on Dropout Rates: Who's Missing from Graduation Stages?

Blogger Suzie Boss reports that dropout rates are higher for students living in poverty, highlighting noteworthy programs that are currently trying to change this.

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Biotech Academy: Challenging Assumptions and Changing Lives

This school-within-a-school puts the emphasis on academics and a future career.

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A Magnet School Attracts Students to Careers in Health

A Magnet School Attracts Students to Careers in Health

Bravo Medical Magnet High School in Los Angeles offers internships in medical offices and advanced research labs where students can learn real-world skills.

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Summer: The Third Trimester

Edutopia's senior fellow and executive director emeritus Milton Chen shares some success stories of summer programs.

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