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Engaged for Success: Service Learning as a Tool for High School Dropout Prevention

Engaged for Success: Service Learning as a Tool for High School Dropout Prevention

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Civic Enterprises’ report, sponsored in part by the Case Foundation, finds that service-learning can address most of the educational factors that lead students to drop out of high school, and keep them engaged while helping them become model citizens.
Civic Enterprises’ report, sponsored in part by the Case Foundation, finds that service-learning can address most of the educational factors that lead students to drop out of high school, and keep them engaged while helping them become model citizens.

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Published by: The Case Foundation on Aug 24, 2010
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Engaged
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Success
Service-Learning as a Tool forHigh School Dropout Prevention
A Report by Civic Enterprises in association withPeter D. Hart Research Associates for theNational Conference on Citizenship
April 2008
John M. BridgelandJohn J. DiIulio, Jr.Stuart C. Wulsin
 
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Executive Summary ............................................................................................1
The Potential to Increase Student Attendance and Engagement .....................................................2The Promise of Service-Learning in Fostering Motivation and Achievement .................................2Making Service-Learning More Widely Available as a Dropout Prevention Tool ...........................3Policy Pathways .................................................................................................................................3
Our Failing Schools .............................................................................................5
Causes of Dropout ............................................................................................................................6Students Identify Ways Schools Could Improve ...............................................................................6Policy Solutions .................................................................................................................................7
Service-Learning in Our Schools ...........................................................................7
The Need for Increased Access and Awareness ................................................................................7 Aspects of Highly Effective Service-Learning ..................................................................................8The Nature of Service-Learning Matters .........................................................................................9
Preventing Dropout with Service-Learning ............................................................10
Lack of Connection to the School Environment ............................................................................10Perception that School is Boring .....................................................................................................11Lack of Motivation .........................................................................................................................12 Academic Challenges ......................................................................................................................14Behavior ..........................................................................................................................................15Overall Effect on Graduation .........................................................................................................15
Policy Pathways .................................................................................................15
Local Level ......................................................................................................................................16State Level .......................................................................................................................................17Federal Level ...................................................................................................................................19
Conclusion ........................................................................................................21 Acknowledgements ............................................................................................22Methodology .....................................................................................................23Notes ...............................................................................................................24Bibliography .....................................................................................................25

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