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Resources for Keeping Kids in School

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
WWC is sponsored by the federal government. The Clearinghouse examines research on dropout prevention and intervention programs. The Clearinghouse?s dropout intervention reports briefly describe the effectiveness of each program based on research studies that meet the WWC?s standards. As of February 2007, the WWC had identified four studies that fully meet its criteria for scientifically-based research and four that meet its requirements with reservations.

Check & Connect
Check & Connect, a project of the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration, is one of the best-proven interventions for keeping highly at risk youth in school. The web site contains basic information about Check & Connect and includes links to related publications and resources. Tip: The site links to an order form for purchasing a bound copy of the Check & Connect program manual (Evelo et al. 1996). However, a (somewhat blurry) photocopy can be downloaded at no charge in PDF format from the federal Education Resources Information Center at http://www.eric.ed.gov/, ERIC publication #ED398701.

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities, including information on dropout prevention. The Center?s seventy-four page compendium of eleven evidence-based dropout intervention and prevention programs, published in 2004, can be found at http://www.ncset.org/publications/essentialtools/dropout/.

Coco-Cola Valued Youth Program at the Intercultural Development Research Association
The association maintains information on the Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program (VYP). The site includes a link to download the VYP Implementation Booklet at: http://www.idra.org/images/stories/BookletFullSize.pdf.

Talent Development Model at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Organization of Schools
The center maintains a web site on the Talent Development schoolwide reform model and links to related publications on dropout prediction and prevention. The site includes detailed descriptions of the Talent Development model, brief summaries of the curriculum used in math and reading courses, and staff contact information.

Achieve, Inc.
Achieve has published a white paper that includes detailed advice for districts interested in conducting cohort students to identify good predictors of dropping out and/or developing "Early Warning Data Systems" for targeting interventions. It can be downloaded from www.achieve.org/node/816.

Jobs for the Future (JFF)

JFF works to accelerate the educational and economic advancement of youth and adults struggling in today?s economy. It maintains information on promising policies and practices for dropout prevention and recovery, including examples of how districts are creating multiple pathways for under-credited, overage youth and dropouts to earn diplomas.

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N)
NDPC/N serves as a clearinghouse on issues related to dropout prevention. Its main Web site includes a database of promising prevention and intervention strategies and links to a wide variety of resources. A partner Web site focuses on dropout prevention for students with disabilities

Graduation for All: A Practical Guide to Decreasing School Dropouts
This practical guidebook by Camilla A. Lehr, Ann T. Clapper, and Martha L. Thurlow (1995) offers local administrators a step-by-step approach to designing and implementing a comprehensive dropout prevention and intervention strategy. It can be previewed and ordered from the Corwin Press web site or ordered from most online booksellers.

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