Where do the parents fit into dropout prevention, and how can we make them accountable?

February 14, 2011

Tweet Parents  can be very reluctant to come into the school building when it may have been a very negative environment in their own lives. In spite of everything, if they themselves don’t have a high school diploma, they may feel judged by you just because you are a figure of authority. SO, start there. […]

What can I do at my level (kindergarten) to prevent dropout?

February 5, 2011

Tweet This is where the practice of daily attendance, “hooking” the parents into loving you and the school, and instilling the joy of learning into their little minds is the most critical. You have youngsters who don’t want to come to school and those who love school. You have to put the majority of your […]

Student support services are essential

October 14, 2010

Tweet Recently I had the privilege of presenting to a group of social workers and counselors in Cheyenne. Their greatest concerns were not test scores, graduation rates, and winning ball games, but with the health and safety of their students. They were especially concerned about those who came from backgrounds where there was little support […]

When is the “bare minimum” acceptable?

September 13, 2010

Tweet I was recently engaged in a conversation with an acquaintance who told me his older brother (probably in his early 60’s) was a teacher in Canada. He told me his brother and his fellow teachers were so upset with recent budget cuts and the continuous demands on them to stay abreast of current trends […]

Preparing for “what” world of work?

September 5, 2010

Tweet Tell me where your typical day is being warehoused in an old brick building with 700 others of your same age group, having to keep your belongings in an 16″ x 16″ x 24″ cell, and traveling up and down three stories in three minutes under the threat of being punished if not back […]


August 26, 2010

Tweet A catch-22 faces alternative schools for at-risk students. If we model our programs on the traditional schools that dropouts have fled, these students will likely fail again. There is a lot of pressure from administrators in the larger districts to make their alternative schools into “mini high schools” because that is the model they […]

The costs of dropping out

August 23, 2010

Tweet The costs of students dropping out of high school can be counted in a variety of ways for our nation and its economy (and I’ll discuss these in future posts in more detail): increase in criminal activity, dependence on social services, reduction in “productivity” as related to the nation’s gross national product, and reduction […]

Where can they go?

August 19, 2010

Tweet It has occurred to me that when a student drops out of any of the 36 high schools in Wyoming that do not have an alternative school in their district, their ONLY option to get their diploma is to return to the very same environment in which they failed. Most adults would have a […]