George Lucas Educational Foundation

Dropout Prevention

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

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Middle School's Role in Dropout Prevention

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

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The Graduates: Another Film That Shouldn't Be Missed

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips shares why he's so inspired by The Graduates, an Independent Lens documentary for PBS about six Latino high school students and the odds they bravely face in order to graduate.

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What Makes a Successful Tutor?

Seth Linden, founder and CEO at Tutorpedia, looks at the relationships and interactions with students, teachers and parents that make for the ultimate measure of a tutor's success.

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Strategies to Prevent the Neurotoxic Impact of School Stress

Neurologist, teacher, author and Edutopia blogger Judy Willis presents evidence that boredom can actually be bad for our students' brain development.

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Honoring Our Catchers in the Rye

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips, inspired by J.D. Salinger's character Holden Caulfield, suggests that we start recognizing our own Catchers in the Rye - those educators and institutions committed to saving kids from falling off the cliff.

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The Link Between Suspension and Dropout

Robyn Gee of Youth Radio presents evidence linking student suspensions with student dropouts, and looks at programs that may help prevent both.

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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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Teaching Students the ABCs of Resilience

Renee Jain, a positive psychology practitioner with a focus on SEL, discusses the ABCs of Resilience, a simple yet critical formula for helping young people overcome adversity.

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That "Aha!" Moment of College or Career Readiness

College and career readiness begins when we learn what students care about and connect them with accomplished individuals in those fields for a view of their future.

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A Strategy for Discovering and Describing Student Accomplishments

Guest blogger Jennifer Bernstein, college professor and application coach for high school students, writes about preparing students for those admissions essays by leading them to examine the value of their experiences and accomplishments.

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Emotional Engagement in Education, Part One: Should Teachers Care About Student Apathy?

Projects that involve students in the real world, such as working to fight a deadly disease, do more than just teach facts.

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Middle School's Role in Dropout Prevention

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

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The Virtual Classroom: Online Learning
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The Virtual Classroom: Online Learning

Virtual schools make available a world of new courses -- from obscure electives to Advanced Placement classes -- that challenge students intellectually and open up new doors educationally.

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Career and Technical Education: Research Roundup

Evidence of success in lowering the dropout rate and raising grades.

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The Key to Preparing Difficult Students for the Real World

Guest blogger Allen Mendler compares what's expected of students in school to what will be expected of them in the real world, and suggests more realistic goals for giving them a more satisfying academic life.

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