George Lucas Educational Foundation

Dropout Prevention

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

  • The First in Their Families, College Bound

    Against the odds, seniors from this New York City school are attending and finishing college.
  • Principal of a School on the Edge

    The principal of an alternative school opens up about the challenges and rewards of shepherding at-risk kids to graduation.
  • Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

    Explore resources and case studies that demonstrate how to bring restorative justice to your school or classroom.
  • 5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

    Every teacher remembers his or her first "tough kid" experience. Maybe the student ignored your directions or laughed at your attempts to utilize the classroom discipline steps. I've had the privilege of teaching some tough kids. I say "privilege" for a reason. Teaching these students pushed me to be a better educator and a more compassionate person. I've detailed below five methods that have reduced misbehavior in my classroom and, better still, helped transform these students into leaders among their peers.
  • Dyslexia in the General Education Classroom

    In order to accommodate students with dyslexia, general education teachers must understand what the condition is and what alternate means work best for accessing information.
  • 8 Tips for Schools Interested in Restorative Justice

    Restorative justice promotes a positive, orderly school environment. Students and all members of the school community can learn and practice self-discipline, empathy, and accountability.
  • The Pygmalion Effect: Communicating High Expectations

    Research shows that positive expectations will influence performance positively. Start modeling excellence, celebrating small victories, and refusing to accept failure -- and watch what happens.
  • How to End the Dropout Crisis: Ten Strategies for Student Retention

    Proven tactics for keeping kids engaged and in school, all the way through high school graduation.
  • Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

    Guest bloggers Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien, teachers and authors, discuss the value of making mistakes and helping students adopt the mindset to view their mistakes as healthy challenges rather than crushing defeats.
  • It’s Not What’s Wrong With the Children, It’s What’s Happened to Them

    Instead of punitive discipline that limits students’ potential, we must adopt a more holistic approach and address the life circumstances that are causing their behavior.
  • Intervention for Failing Students: What Matters Most?

    People, not programs, matter most when it comes to intervention for struggling students.