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AIMS Intervention and Dropout Prevention Program TOOLKIT

Relevant Links

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network serves as a research center and resource network for practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to reshape school and community environments to meet the needs of youth in at-risk situations so these students receive the quality education and services necessary to succeed academically and graduate from high school.

UCLA's School Mental Health Project contains hands-on manuals and materials for practitioners developing programs and serving students at risk of dropping out. Go to  click on "resources and publications", then click on "continuing education modules." 

High Schools That Work (HSTW) was established in 1987. The HSTW goals, key practices and key conditions are a framework for whole-school improvement at more than 1,100 high school sites in 26 states.

The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement collects and disseminates information that builds the capacity of schools to raise the academic achievement of all students.

New American Schools (NAS) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase student achievement through comprehensive school improvement strategies.

Communities In Schools is the nation's leading community-based organization helping kids succeed in school and prepare for life.

Public Education Network (PEN) has as its mission to create systems of public education that result in high achievement for every child. PEN is a national association of local education funds (LEFs) advancing school reform in low-income communities across the country.

Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) is a student driven organization. Students learn about alternatives to violence and practice what they learn through school and community service projects.

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse is a comprehensive national site for information on service-learning.

National Service-Learning Partnership concentrates on strengthening the impact of service-learning on young people's learning and development, especially their academic and civic preparation.

The National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) is a nonprofit membership association of educators, businesses, and community leaders. Founded in 1971, NSEE also serves as a national resource center for the development and improvement of experiential education programs nationwide.

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is a unique international, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of professional educators whose jobs cross all grade levels and subject areas. Founded in 1943, ASCD's mission is to forge covenants in teaching and learning for the success of all learners.

The International Learning Styles Network fosters lifelong academic, intellectual, and personal success through the promotion and dissemination of research, information, publications and other resources focusing on learning, teaching, and productivity styles.

eSchool News is a monthly newspaper developed to provide the news and information necessary to help K-12 decision makers successfully use technology.

Electronic School chronicles technological change in the classroom, interprets education issues in a digital world, and offers readers practical advice on a broad range of topics pertinent to the implementation of technology in elementary and secondary schools throughout North America.

National Center for Accelerated Schools PLUS has extensive experience in schools serving at-risk kids, and experience in targeting student strengths and providing know-how about strategies for high-end learning.

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) serves as a rich source of information producing original, timely information on education's most pressing issues.  NASBE's Study Groups and staff produce original reports that address single topics through in-depth research, and provide state and local leaders with recommendations for action. NASBE's highly respected quarterly journal is dedicated to covering state education policy issues. Each issue provides in-depth coverage of a pressing education topic. Updated with monthly mailings, the binder includes education research and analysis, federal legislative updates, tips on effective policymaking, coverage of education reform efforts across the nation, and other vital resource documents.

Regional Education Laboratory Program (REL), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. The Regional Educational Laboratory Program consists of a network of ten laboratories that serve the educational needs of a designated region by providing access to high quality scientifically valid education research through applied research and development projects, studies, and other related technical assistance activities. Each laboratory has its own web site with additional publications and resources. This is a direct link to some of their reports:

Early College High School Initiative. Early college high schools blend high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and the first two years of college. The schools are designed so that low-income youth, first-generation college goers, English language learners, students of color, and other young people underrepresented in higher education can simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an Associate's degree or up to two years of credit toward a Bachelor's degree-tuition free.

Learning to Finish, sponsored by Pew Partnership for Civic Change, is a website that fosters collaboration between parents, educators, community members, researchers, and students toward lowering the dropout rate. Wiki users can create new articles and edit existing ones in order to seek collaboration on meeting challenges with innovative solutions. It includes programs and initiatives, research, news and resources, and an Act Now section.

Jobs for the Future believes that all young people should have a quality high school and postsecondary education, and that all adults should have the skills needed to hold jobs that pay enough to support a family. As a nonprofit research, consulting, and advocacy organization, JFF works to strengthen society by creating educational and economic opportunity for those who need it most. Through partnerships with states and communities, national and local foundations, and other organizations, JFF accelerates opportunities for people to advance in education and careers.

National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET) is a national voluntary coalition of more than 40 organizations and advocacy groups representing special education, general education, career and technical education, youth development, multicultural perspectives, and parents. The goals of NASET are to identify what youth need in order to achieve successful participation in postsecondary education and training, civic engagement, meaningful employment, and adult life; and prioritize and address significant issues of national scale that have an impact on the provision of effective secondary education and transition services and policies for all youth.

National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools. The Center links people with research-based information and resources that they can use to effectively connect schools, families, and communities. It emphasizes connections that directly impact student achievement in reading and mathematics, as well as connections that contribute to the students' overall success in school and in life.

Institute for Research and Reform in Education (IRRE) partners with districts and schools to help all students develop the academic strengths they need for good jobs and post-secondary education. IRRE is best known as the developer of First Things First, a reform framework currently at work in nine districts with 70 schools. The following link takes you to their publications.

The Smaller Learning Communities Program (SLCP) web site has technical assistance tools, publications, and news & events to support districts and schools in their implementation of Smaller Learning Communities (SLCs) as part of a comprehensive effort to prepare all students to succeed in postsecondary education and careers. This web site was produced under contract with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE).

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