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Social Issues

At-Risk Issues

Guidelines for funding for education/at-risk children and youth

Helpful tools for planning and improving programs for at-risk youth:
State of Iowa
Drop out prevention

Other web resources:

Cultural Differences

Cultural Differences in Alt Ed MS
Challenging Racial Inequality in Our Schools: An Interview With Pedro Noguera (VIDEO)
Critical Pedagogy and Social Justice in the 21st Century: From a High School Student's Perspective (VIDEO)
 Presented by Mathew Davis

Dropout Prevention

The Push(Video)

The mission of the Everyone Graduates Center is to develop and disseminate the know-how required to enable all students to graduate from high school prepared for college, career, and civic life. Through a systematic and comprehensive approach, EGC combines analysis of the causes, location, and consequences of the nation’s dropout crisis with the development of tools and models designed to keep all students on the path to high school graduation, and capacity building efforts to enable states, communities, school districts, and schools to provide all their students with the supports they need to succeed. The Everyone Graduate Center seeks to identify the barriers that stand in the way of all students graduating from high school prepared for adult success, to develop strategic solutions to overcome the barriers, and to build local capacity to implement and sustain them. EGC is located in the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University.

Doing What Works: Research-Based Practices

Dropout Guidebook:
Grad Nation
is a publication that contains research-based guidance for addressing the dropout crisis, along with ready-to-print tools and links to additional online resources. Grad Nation provides information and tools for developing and implementing a customized program that's right for your community.

Dropout Prevention-Lessons Learned
Dropout Prevention Information Links
The National Institute on the Education of At-Risk Students (At-Risk Institute)
International Association of Learning Alternatives
Check and Connect
Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning
Quality Program Features
Seven Key Roles for Principals in Dropout Prevention
At-risk Guidelines/Homeless/Runaways/Other
Local Guide to Dropout Prevention
Dropout Prevention: Facts and what schools can do
21 Keys to Dropout Prevention Defined
21 Keys to Dropout Prevention Checklist

Coalition for Residential Education

For decades our society has grappled unsuccessfully with how to
transform young people scarred by homelessness, foster care, abuse,
and neglect into adults with meaning and purpose in their lives. For
many, a residential school or children's home serves as the only
genuine home they've known, providing stability, love, structure, a
quality education, and the vision of - and ability to achieve - a
productive future.

Dropout Crisis Solutions Webcast with Dr. Ray Morley

Click here for more information on the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Radio Webcast titled "Solutions to the Dropout Crisis" with Dr. Raymond E. Morley.

Iowa Health and Social Issues

The following links identify surveys completed in Iowa to gain information on health and social issues affecting our children and youth.
Iowa Youth Survey (IYS)
Iowa Youth Risk Behavior (IYBS) and other surveys