Helping at-risk students turn their lives around

July 23, 2019 | By James E. Samels is president and CEO of The Education Alliance, via University Business

There was a time when student voice had little influence over the student learning experience. Thus, the old adage, “What do students really know anyway?” What we learned from Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) is that listening to the voice of students helps reach them where they are and across that graduation stage.

The time has never been more urgent to create alternative teaching and learning models to help at-risk high school students find their place in the world of work. Indeed, we learned from SYF that every 26 seconds a student drops out of high school. High school dropouts are 72% more likely to be unemployed than those who graduate. Dropouts earn over $10,000 less annually than the typical high school graduate. The number of high school dropoutseach year, 1.2 million, exceeds the population of Rhode Island.

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