• Haverhill Public Schools Look to Solve Dropout Rate With A Multipronged Approach 

    A recent article in the Eagle-Tribune discusses the dropout rate in Haverhill, Massachusetts and plans to reduce the number of students choosing to leave Haverhill High School before graduation. 

    "With a 4.4 percent dropout rate at Haverhill High School, which is more than double the state average of 1.9 percent, Haverhill's school are about to take new steps to help children before they reach high school."

    "'While we remain concerned about the dropout rate, we believe that it is time to take a different and more pro-active approach to this and many other issues that we face in our schools today,' [Jared] Fulgoni [,assistant superintendent of schools,] said."

    "At Thursday's [Haverhill] School Committee meeting, Fulgoni outlined some of the steps to retain more students and reduce the dropout rate. He said those ideas stem from a one week educational seminar he attended this summer at Harvard University, and research Harvard conducted."

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  • Haverhill Teachers Learn to Present College Material to High School Students

    A recent article in The Eagle-Tribune discussed a summer program where Haverhill teachers participated in an AP course "Summer Institute."

    Haverhill High School"Five teachers from Haverhill High School ... spent the last few days at a weeklong program at Bridgewater State University, where they spent time with instructors and hundreds of fellow teachers from various states and foreign countries, honing their teaching skills specifically for Advanced Placement courses.

    "The Summer Institute program is put on each year by Mass Insight Education, a national nonprofit that aims to improve school systems and student achievement through district restructuring and academic rigor. It runs two sessions, one week long each, and this year will see a total of 520 participants from 39 states and 10 foreign countries. "

    The article continued, "Teaching an AP course requires different skills from teachers than an average high school course. Darshan Thakkar, the chief academic officer for Haverhill schools, said teachers need to impart more than the course material — they must teach students to synthesize information from various sources, then analyze that information and articulate their own argument about that information. "

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  • Why writing doesn’t just prove learning, it improves all learning – including STEM

    Haverhill High SchoolAn article by eSchool News discusses the importance of writing to improve student learning in all disciplines, not just to prove students are learning. 

    "Simply put, writing is our critical thinking made visible.

    "Through the process of writing, writers put nascent thoughts into comprehensible language for others to read. In their pursuit of self-expression, they often find themselves challenged to find new words or motivated to develop academic vocabulary.

    "Because it is a critical thinking process, writing isn’t merely an act of jotting down what you have in your head. Once the initial thoughts in your head start to flow, you naturally begin iterating on them."

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  • National Dropout Prevention Center Webcast

    National Dropout Prevention Center and NetworkThe National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University offers a free webcast, Solutions to the Dropout Crisis. The free program does not require any registration, and it airs the second Tuesday of every month at 3:30 PM EST. The show covers a variety of topics related to dropout prevention. As of the date of this post, there are 87 past episodes available for viewing on demand. The most recent episode discusses student engagement. 

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