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Success in School, Ready for Life: How Can We Help More Students Graduate from High School? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Success in School, Ready for Life: How Can We Help More Students Graduate from High School? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.  From the discussion guide’s introduction…

This discussion guide was designed for people who want to see more students graduate from high school and lead happy, productive adult lives.  It’s based on the beliefs that (1) success in school hinges on many factors, both within and outside of the school day, and (2) we all have a stake in the issue and a role to play.  If this strikes a chord with you, you’ve come to the right place.

The discussion guide presents three possible approaches for consideration:

  1. Invest more in youth development, with a broad focus that includes physical, intellectual, social, civic and emotional growth.
  2. Keep education rigorous and relevant to enable students to succeed in a global society and pursue their individual goals.
  3. Build strong relationships between students and caring, capable adults to provide guidance and support.

More about NIF issue guides…

NIFI’s issue guides introduce participants to several choices or approaches to consider. Rather than conforming to any single public proposal, each choice reflects widely held concerns and principles. Panels of experts review manuscripts to make sure the choices are presented accurately and fairly. By intention, issue guides do not identify individuals or organizations with partisan labels, such as Democratic, Republican, conservative, or liberal. The goal is to present ideas in a fresh way that encourages readers to judge them on their merit.

NIFI offers various materials for each of the issues it produces issue guides on. The moderator guide or “guide to the forums” for each issue is available as a free download. Discussion guides (or “issue guides”) for participants are generally available in print or PDF download for a small fee ($2 to $4). DVD’s can also be purchased for some issues for just $6, for use at the beginning of your forums to introduce the topic and approaches.

All NIF issue guides and associated tools can be accessed at www.nifi.org/discussion_guides/index.aspx.

Resource Link: www.nifi.org/issue_books/detail.aspx?catID=7&itemID=20343

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