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The School Dropout Crisis

The problem of high school dropouts is becoming more urgent as the formulas for calculating dropout rates are being changed and communities discover that a problem previously described as minor is actually reaching crisis proportions. How do we begin to address the dropout problem? What solutions are available? What can communities do to help their young people stay in school and get a diploma? Our dropout discussion guide can help answer these questions and more. (continue)

“I'm Calling My Lawyer”: How Litigation, Due Process and Other Regulatory Requirements Are Affecting Public Education

In this pilot study, many teachers and school administrators reported that the possibility of being sued or accused of abuse is ever present in their minds. Avoiding suits and fulfilling due process requirements is a time-consuming part of a principal or superintendent's job and many feel the requirements give unreasonable people a chance to get their way. Yet many educators say protecting children from abuse is a higher priority than reducing the threat of litigation. (continue)

Student Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together (SPIRIT)

For more than 35 years, the Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice has worked with schools across the nation. Many school systems have experienced major demographic changes. At times, tensions and disruptions will accompany the process of inclusion and assimilation. The Community Relations Service of the U.S. Department of Justice (CRS) has helped schools to build strategies to improve lines of communication, establish programs to eliminate racial and ethnic misconceptions, and develop plans to prevent conflict and improve intergroup relations among students, faculty, staff, parents and community groups. SPIRIT is one such CRS program. (continue)

Everybody Ready for School: How Can we Ensure High Quality Early Childhood Programs?

Many educators, parents and researchers agree that high quality "school readiness" programs can help youngsters be more successful later on in school and in life. But preschool programs vary widely in quality. How can we make sure that all preschool programs provide safe and enriching environments that do a good job preparing children for school? In other words, how can we make sure all preschool programs are of the highest possible quality? This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) from Public Agenda presents three approaches: fund programs more adequately and equitably; create standards and accountability; and give parents more choice. Available in video and print format. (continue)

The Orangeband Initiative

An OrangeBand is a symbol of someone’s commitment to listen to what’s important to other people. People who take an OrangeBand and display it someplace visible (like on a bag) are demonstrating their commitment to practice listening at work and in life. When asked about the OrangeBand, they say something like, “It means I’m interested in listening to what’s important to the people around me. What’s important to you?” (continue)

Global Kids

The mission of Global Kids is to prepare urban youth to become global citizens and community leaders. Global Kids works to ensure that young people of diverse backgrounds have the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to succeed in the workplace and participate in the shaping of public policy and international relations. Global Kids conducts online and face-to-face dialogues for high-school students. (continue)

Partners in Learning: From Conflict to Collaboration in Secondary Classrooms

Partners in Learning is a practical and hands-on guide organized around ten core practices that enable students and teachers to work together toward common learning goals. Each practice includes classroom-tested tools, strategies, and routines that make a positive difference in students' motivation to learn and succeed. (continue)

The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens

In recent years, young Americans have become dangerously less engaged. They are tolerant, patriotic, and idealistic, and some have invented such novel and impressive forms of civic engagement, as blogs, 'buycott' movements, and transnational youth networks. But most lack the skills and opportunities they need to participate in politics or address public problems. Levine's timely manifesto clearly explains the causes, symptoms, and repercussions of this damaging trend, and, most importantly, the means whereby America can confront and reverse it. (continue)

A Youth Leader’s Guide to Building Cultural Competence

Meet the challenges of providing HIV/STD and sexuality education to culturally diverse groups. Using a four-step model, this resource helps build the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to reach all groups of young people. Focuses on African American, Latino and lesbian, gay and bisexual teens. This publication was funded through a cooperative agreement (U63/CCU302752) with the Division of Adolescent and School Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (continue)

Teacher Quality Citizen ChoiceWork Guide

Most people would agree that you can't have good schools without good teachers, and that it's crucial to ensure there is a quality teacher in every classroom. This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) is an effort to generate ideas about how to do that, beginning with these ideas: require more thorough preparation for those who want to be teachers; improve the working environment for teachers in the classroom; and attract more talented people to the field and get the most out of them through better pay and smarter incentives. (continue)

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