Dropout Dilemma

ED 501 Course Syllabus and Assignments

Course Readings

Dropout Dilemma: A Framework for Understanding by Joseph C'de Baca. (2003) Denver, CO: Kit, 50 Power Point Slides and 2 DVD's. 125 pages.

Course Description

This course will examine the statistical, educational, and social issues associated with the school dropout dilemma. Statistical analyses of dropout rates and demographics will be presented. Statistical correlations between economic cycles and dropouts rates and social class relationships are analyzed. This course will focus on educator perspectives and experiences regarding these issues. Causes and reasons why students drop out of school will be examined and categorized. Teacher dropout interventions and prevention strategies will be examined. Alternative schools, dropout programs and social adjustments that address the dropout dilemma will also be presented.

Course Objectives

1. Students will have a working knowledge of the statistical magnitude and the social demographic characteristics related to the dropout issue at national, state and local levels.

2. Educators read and review publishes articles on the dropout problem and view movie segments that examine dropout issues and the corresponding social issues.

3. Students will learn to categorize and label the causes associated with dropping out of school into the various areas of social responsibility and authority.

4. Participants will analyze the social and psychological dynamics involving family systems and the numerous issues that cause students to drop out of school.

5. Teachers will develop dropout interventions, solutions and prevention strategies that can reduce the likelihood of students dropping out of school.

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3 Credits

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Course Syllabus and Assignment Rubrics

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The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards seeks to identify and recognize teachers who effectively enhance student learning and demonstrate the high level of knowledge, skills, abilities and commitments. This course aligns with #1, #2, #3 #4 and #5 of those standards.

Chapter Review/Reflections:

Write several paragraphs summarizing the main ideas, knowledge or information you thought was significant from each chapter in the book. Extended bullet points of main issues are also acceptable. See rubric for guidelines.

Chapters:

1. Introduction: Definitions and Codes: State and Federal Statistics
2. Causes and Reasons: Student Issues, Teacher Concerns
3. School Administrators Issues: Government and Public Perceptions
4. The Brain during Adolescence: Making Sense of Technology, Media, Social
5. Hispanic Dropout Issues: Female Dropout Issues, Tardiness and Truancy
6. Solutions and Interventions: Areas of Responsibility
7. Student and Parental Responsibilities, Teacher & Administrator Responsibility
8. Political and Governmental Responsibilities, Voucher Promoters
9. Valid Dropouts, Re-Enrollments
10. Dropout Prevention Programs and Alternative Schools.

Writing Assignments

After the chapter reviews, write a two-page paper linking key concepts from the book Dropout Dilemma: A Framework for Understanding by Joseph C'de Baca., to your specific classroom context. Compose your writings on areas of interest that are relevant to your teaching discipline or professional experience. This will enhance your capacity to apply the new concepts learned in this course. Focus your writings and activities on the concepts and strategies from the book and related assignments on how you can apply them to your school environment, teaching methodology and instructional practice.

Required Assignments

1. Book readings
2. Chapter reviews
3. Research article review
4. Final application essay
5. Project or activity (APA or MA writing style format.)

Email Assignments to: teacherslearningcenter@gmail.com in 1 or 2 Words docs.
Instructor: Joseph C'de Baca 727-258-7233

Dropout Dilemma

$395

3 Credits

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