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RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AND RESTORATIVE TRUANCY PRACTICES (New Topic 7 May 2012) DROPOUT PREVENTION PROGRAMS CATALYST NOTEBOOK: MODEL DISCIPLINE CODE OTHER EDUCATION RESOURCES By the nature of the internet, links are transient. Please let us know when any of these links cease to work or if you have additional links to recommend. Click here to send an advisory e-mail to Wendy Brower, Media Director.
Enhancing the Blueprint for School Improvement in the ESEA Reauthorization: Moving From a Two- to a Three-Component Approach A joint statement from the National Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA and the National Association of School Psychologists. Posted on this website 25 Oct 2010. Return to Index
US News - Education: High School Notes High School Dropouts Blame Lack of Parental Support, Pregnancy. Posted on this website 16 Nov 2012. Return to Index
Center for American Progress, Issues » Education Teacher Absence as a Leading Indicator of Student Achievement. New National Data Offer Opportunity to Examine Cost of Teacher Absence Relative to Learning Loss. Posted on this website 16 Nov 2012. Return to Index
Washington Post Despite what they say, voters favor local taxes for schools, public safety and other services. Posted on this website 16 Nov 2012. Return to Index
Groups at "www.LinkedIn.com": Juntos para una mejor educacion- Latino dropout prevention
American Youth Policy Forum: At-Risk, Dropout & Disconnected Youth, Alternative Education
Who's skipping school: Characteristics of truants in 8th and 10th grade- Abstract:
Conclusions: Truancy is a common behavior among adolescents and can have potentially deleterious effects. This paper offers insight into the types of students who may be prone to skipping school and suggests potential target audiences for truancy prevention initiatives.
Truancy and Escalation of Substance Use During Adolescence" - Article
Conclusions: Truancy appears to be a robust predictor of substance use. The effect is likely to be, in part, a result of the deleterious effects of reduced school bonding and, in part, a result of the unsupervised, risky time afforded by truancy. Gaining a better understanding of how truancy may affect substance use is important for the development of prevention and intervention initiatives.
Fighting Truancy at Memphis [TN] City Schools: Article and Videos. “At the end of 2009-10 school year there was a dramatic decrease in truancy at MCS, down almost 20-thousand cases. It was the same year MCS opened truancy centers. The next year it dropped to 78-hundred cases. Then, last year there fewer than 4,000-truancy cases - a more than 85 percent decline over four years.” Return to Index
What is Restorative Justice? Restorative justice is different from contemporary criminal justice in several ways. First, it views criminal acts more comprehensively -- rather than defining crime as simply lawbreaking, it recognizes that offenders harm victims, communities and even themselves. Second, it involves more parties in responding to crime -- rather than giving key roles only to government and the offender, it includes victims and communities as well. Finally, it measures success differently -- rather than measuring how much punishment is inflicted, it measures how much harm is repaired or prevented.
Restorative Justice Processes: Short descriptions of the three main processes most often identified with restorative justice: restorative circles, restorative conferencing, and victim-offender mediation.
Transforming Conflict: Transforming Conflict is a social business dedicated to helping people think differently about conflict and challenging behaviour. All our income is generated from providing a good quality training and consultancy service, and useful resources, to our clients and partners. This way we stay independent and fixed on our vision.
Exclusion of violent pupils in city schools at new low : “The number of times violent or abusive pupils have been suspended from state schools in Glasgow has plummeted by 53% in the past four years to its lowest ever level. New figures published by Glasgow City Council have shown incidents leading to temporary exclusion in primary and secondary schools have fallen from 7399 in 2006/07 to 3450 in 2010/11. The biggest inroads have been made at secondary level, where there has been a 48% reduction, while the number of exclusions in primary schools has fallen by 30%.”
Restorative Truancy Prevention Program - Barron County, WI: The Restorative Truancy Prevention Program is a voluntary, early intervention program that addresses truancy and attendance concerns within a student’s school rather than within the legal system. Includes a slide presentation on “Giving at-risk Students the Best Motivation for Staying In School”
Minnesota Department of Education describes how principals use restorative discipline practices.Additional Impact: "Reducing suspensions could increase school budgets. The survey profiled a school in Oakland, California that went from losing $9,775 in attendance funding a year, to losing only $262 a year after implementing suspension-reducing restorative practices."
Fairness Works: Helping "seat-of-the-pants" peacemakers see they are not alone."Here’s a great math and logic problem: If a school loses $6,800 for each student that drops out of school, why would that school overuse suspension, expulsion or police ticketing that has contributed to the average 50% dropout rate in major metro cities across America?" Jeannette Holtham [is] a guest blogger. In making a case for exposing every school student and faculty member to restorative justice practices, she offers a “dollars and sense” rationale. Jeannette may be reached at email@example.com. Return to Index
DTPN - Dropout and Truancy Prevention Network: DTPN is a for-profit company and a social enterprise. DTPN's flagship program is called the Right Back on Track Mentoring Program ("RBT"). DTPN assigns a virtual (phone-based) coach to each student and employs a cellular location verification technology to track the student's whereabouts. If the student fails to appear at a place where he should be (e.g. home or class), the system initiates a series of steps to locate the child and coax him back into compliance.
New Report out from UCLA. October 2011: Dropout Prevention: Do Districts Pursue Best Practice Recommendations? Return to Index
Model discipline code would limit suspensions to keep more kids in school, November 16, 2009. "Students who are suspended even once are three times more likely to eventually quit school." Lori Turner, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois
Suspending Progress? "Out-of-school suspension is a strong predictor of low achievement and high dropout rates. The turnaround at Marshall sparked another try at in-school suspension, a strategy that sounds good in theory but has yet to prove effective in real life." October 13, 2011, By: Sarah Karp
Education Page of The 2012 Statistical Abstract, The National Data Book This section presents data primarily concerning formal education as a whole, at various levels, and for public and private schools. Data shown relate to the school-age population and school enrollment, educational attainment, education personnel, and financial aspects of education. In addition, data are shown for charter schools, computer usage in schools, distance education, and adult education.
Listing of all public and private elementary schools within the United States. Provides statistics such as enrollment, the ratio of students to teachers are included as well as elementary school addresses, phone numbers, and other contact information.
Listing of all public and private high schools in the United States. Provides school data on each and every high school in the United States, including enrollment and student/teacher ratios, as well as school address and contact information. Return to Index