The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has published a new report featuring best practices utilized by successful dropout recovery high schools. The report, Over-Age, Under-Credited Students and Public Charter Schools describes the role of charter schools in dropout recovery efforts across the Country. The NAPCS study utilizes an extensive research base to describe the challenges of serving dropouts in terms of limited school options and economic burdens. The report provides case studies to highlight five successful strategies for dropout recovery: competency-based progression; project-based learning; real-world application; flexible calendars and holistic student supports. The NAPCS report recommends four policies at the state and national level to support re-engaging America’s most underserved students:
How To Get Our At-Promise Students Reading in Math Class
By: Alex Kajitani
Over the years, whenever I ask teachers to identify their most challenging part of teaching math, without fail, their emphatic answer is the same: WORD PROBLEMS!
After hearing this countless times, I finally decided to create a workshop for teachers called “How to Connect Math & Literacy,” which offers creative, best practices for getting students reading, writing and speaking about the math they’re learning. And while all kinds of teachers have told me how helpful this workshop has been for them, I also know it’s especially critical for teachers of at-promise students.
For our at-promise students, the growing need to read complex text in math class can be potentially devastating, as they often lack the academic vocabulary and reading skills required to tackle such problems.
That’s why this month I offer you an overview of three of the main strategies I present for helping our students approach, decipher and reflect upon how to read in math class. These strategies can help at-promise students solve the problems that appear in textbooks, on tests, and in life.
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3rd Annual Policy Forum
November 14-15, 2014
San Diego, California
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Policy Forum November 15-16, 2013. Access Presentation Materials