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Congrats! CICS West Belden Featured in EdSurge

Using technology in the classroom is now the standard, but teachers and schools must decide which tools to use and how to implement them. Distinctive Schools‘ CICS West Belden is among the schools interviewed about technology in the classroom for a recent EdSurge article. In conjunction with LEAP Innovation, West Belden has been narrowing down tools […]

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Specific Drivers that Motivate Dropouts to Reconsider Their Options

As a result of statistical analysis, nationwide research, student surveys and student testimony, the following actions appear warranted as interventions before a student drops out: 1. Establish Behavioral, Academic and Attendance Drop Out Indicators at the Middle School Level or Earlier. Behavioral, academic and attendance indicators provide very clear early warning signs of impending abandonment […]

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On the Path Towards Building Awareness

Possibly the most costly and detrimental decision a student can make is to drop out of school.  The evidence is simply overwhelming of the value of a career and college ready diploma.   So much so, that we’re dedicating this blog to help students and school districts make informed decisions about developing career and college pathways […]

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Solving the Drop-Out Crisis: One District at a Time

When we consider 8000 students dropout daily and the class of 2013 had in excess of one million dropouts, it’s no wonder that President Obama called this an epidemic. Atlantic Research Partners completed a thorough analysis of dropouts by surveying 2000 students who had dropped out of high school and conducted research and a literature review […]

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Why Do Students Drop Out?

No child enters elementary school with the ultimate desire to drop out before reaching adulthood.  Regardless of ethnicity, race, socio-economic status or gender, early elementary school students statistically evidence a desire to belong, to fit in, to please.  So what happens on the journey from kindergarten to dropout point? The bottom line is: there is […]

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Dropout Research

Atlantic Research Partners wanted to develop a deeper understanding of the specific factors influencing a student’s decision to drop out of school.  We compiled existing nationwide data, then conducted a survey of over 1,100 students across 12 states; students who had dropped out but who were at the time of the survey attempting to attain […]

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Dropouts in America

Colin Powell, Co-Founder, America’s Promise and Former Secretary of State, made a profound statement about dropouts in America: “This isn’t a partisan issue at all.  It sounds drastic, but literally the future of our nation is at stake if we do not correct the dropout rate.” There are over 1,000,000 dropouts in the class of […]

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Branding School Turnaround Work

The instructional, technical, and logistical aspects of whole-school academic turnaround work rarely varies.  When it does vary, experts can typically predict which will succeed and which will vary. What does typically vary, is the branding of the cultural and school-community involvement aspects.  Effective branding on any business turnaround can greatly shift the psyche of the […]

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Chief Academic Leader Forum – Orlando

On September 6th, a group of high level educators from throughout Florida came together to attend the Chief Academic Leader Forum (CALF) in Orlando. They came with the intent to discuss and share ideas surrounding the academic curriculum within their differing school districts. Sponsored by Atlantic Research Partners and Scientific Learning, the featured Keynote Speaker […]

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Unique Approach to Teacher Appreciation Day

The Nation’s schools celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day on May 7. In most every state, we send “thank you” emails, cards, flowers, and other gifts. The usual. I suppose it is a good thing, and in my organizations we will do the same. It is basic common decency to thank those who give great service […]

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