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Career and Technical Education's Role in Dropout Prevention and Recovery (2007)
This issue brief will explore the critical role that career and technical education (CTE) plays in dropout prevention and recovery. High quality career and technical education can help more students persist in and complete high school by preparing them for the postsecondary education and training that will be critical to future economic successes; by increasing student engagement; by building positive relationships; and by providing innovative delivery methods. Includes vignettes of programs or schools in Midwest City, Oklahoma; Miami, Florida; and Cincinnati, Ohio. --Retrieved Nov. 2007
Financing Alternative Education Pathways: Profiles and Policy
Profiles innovative practices and creative state and local policy mechanisms used to finance alternative education pathways. Highlights alternative education schools and programs that have accessed state and local education funds in Wisconsin, Oregon, Ohio, Arizona, New York, Texas, Virginia, and California; as well as one in Illinois, which focuses on challenges in establishing a charter school.  
NYEC EDNet: Second Edition

NYEC EDNet is a tool for continuous improvement for education programs and schools serving vulnerable youth. NYEC EDNet consists of detailed criteria identified as common to effective education programs and schools by a national working group of educators, practitioners, policymakers and researchers; and a comprehensive self-assessment that can assist education programs and schools improve their services and also inform policymakers, funders and the public about what works for youth. 

Communities in Schools, National Center for Dropout Prevention Release Report on Dropout Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation's fifth-largest youth-serving organization and the leading dropout prevention organization, delivering resources to nearly one million students in 3,250 schools across the country. To further their network-wide commitment to evidence based practice, CIS collaborated with the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University (NDPC/N) to conduct a comprehensive study of the dropout crisis in the United States.  Specifically, the intent of the study was to:

1) Identify the risk factors or conditions that significantly increase the likelihood of students dropping out of school; and

2) Identify exemplary, evidence-based programs that address the identified risk factors and conditions.

Vulnerable Youth: Background and Policies (April, 2007)
This report first provides an overview of the youth population and the increasing complexity of transitioning to adulthood for all adolescents. It also provides a separate discussion of the concept of disconnectedness, as well as the protective factors youth can develop during childhood and adolescence that can mitigate poor outcomes. Further, the report describes the evolution of federal youth policy, focusing on three time periods, and provides a brief overview of current federal programs targeted at vulnerable youth. The report then discusses the challenges of coordinating federal programs for youth, as well as federal legislation and initiatives that promote coordination among federal agencies and support programs with a positive youth development focus. Order Code RL33975. Author: Adrienne L. Fernandes. April 24, 2007. Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress.
New Growth in Stumptown: Young Portlanders Face Twenty-First Century Challenges - Spring 2007
This report, published by Connected By 25, identifies challenged facing Portland, especially for those under age 25, in light of the growing population that is increasingly divided by race and class, a shifting economy, and the fact that young Portlanders need more support to succeed. This report addresses several myths about the realities of young Portlanders and how to connect them to successful futures. Authored by John Tapogna, Sharon Bernstein, and Lois Leveen.
The Fourth R: New Research Shows Which Academic Indicators Are the Best Predictors of High School Graduation--and What Interventions Can Help More Kids Graduate - Spring 2007
This report summarizes the findings of research looking at data for the Portland Public Schools Class of 2004 as it moved through high school to expected graduation in June 2004. The study was undertaken as the basis for determining how to implement support effectively to increase the number of students who graduate from high school. The research focused on learning what indicators best predict which students are at risk for failing to graduate and determining when, by year and quarter, students are most likely to disengage from school.
Beyond City Limits: Cross-System Collaboration to Reengage Disconnected Youth (2007)
This report describes how eight different cities have launched cross-system initiatives and what they have accomplished through these new collaborations. Their efforts vary greatly and involve a broad array of partners. The experience of all eight cities suggests that simply opening a dialogue about the gaps between public systems serving young people can yield major dividends, and that the benefits of collaboration become evident even when as few as two key agencies start working together. Cities profiles include Albany, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; San Diego, California; Baltimore, Maryland; Corpus Christi, Texas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Fransisco, California; and San Jose, California.
Too Big To Be Seen: The Invisible Dropout Crisis in Boston and America (May, 2006)
This report serves as both a primer on the dropout issue and a roadmap for the work needed to do as a community. Boston, under the decade-long leadership of Superintendent Thomas W. Payzant, has achieved well documented success in improving the quality of its public school education and outcomes for its graduates. How can Boston do for its struggling students and dropouts what it has begun to do for its graduates? This report captures the first year of a two-year strategic assessment of the dropout problem in Boston, with the express purpose of mapping a set of answers to that question.
Turning It Around: A Collective Effort to Understand & Resolve Philadelphias Dropout Crisis (2006)
The Philadelphia Youth Council established the Philadelphia Youth Transitions Collaborative (the Collaborative) to lead citywide efforts on behalf of disconnected and at-risk young people. The Collaborative has prepared this report as an advocacy agenda.
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