How to Use the Toolkit
This Toolkit has been organized to help anyone working in
dropout prevention find useful information on a topic quickly. The framework for the Toolkit is a
list of Key Themes that emerged from our analysis of both
Arizona programs and
literature from the national dropout prevention community. These themes capture
recommendations for best practice according to questions or goals that a
practitioner might have.
We recommend you navigate through the Toolkit by picking a
theme of interest and following the related links. For example, if your program
is struggling with how to improve student attendance, click on "Attendance."
This will take you to an index page with a brief definition of the topic and
links to resources and data. You can then choose to read about best practice
suggestions from both the research and national programs, or from
The themes in this Toolkit are cross-linked to three
different sources of data:
- Articles and resources excerpted from the national dropout prevention community on model programs and best practices (click on "Bibliography" link at the left to read article excerpts)
- Profiles of exemplary Arizona programs (click on "Arizona Exemplary Programs" link at left to read these).
- Quotes from Arizona program staff related to various topics/questions (click on "Key Themes" link at left and select a theme to access quotes.
Please note that clicking on a link to the research
literature will take you to a "bookmark" that is embedded in a longer article
that includes many themes. We hope to emphasize that no "best practice" in
education stands alone. As good educators know, any practical strategy is part
of a larger system of instruction or program design, and will work
differently for different students, in different contexts. Our intent with this
design is to help readers keep in mind the bigger picture of the program or
context in which that practice was successful.
Finally, you can click on the "Links" tag at left, which will
take you to other useful sources of dropout prevention information on the
Internet. The Arizona Department of Education and LeCroy & Milligan Associates,
Inc. are not endorsing or responsible for the content of any Internet site
outside the Toolkit, but provide these as a resource.
The Arizona Department of Education and
LeCroy & Milligan Associates will be tracking feedback on the design and content
of this Toolkit. Please take this online survey to provide feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to