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The School Practitioner’s Concise Companion to Preventing Dropout and Attendance Problems$
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Cynthia Franklin, Mary Beth Harris, and Paula Allen-Meares

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195370577

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370577.001.0001

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Guides for Designing and Establishing Alternative School Programs for Dropout Prevention

Guides for Designing and Establishing Alternative School Programs for Dropout Prevention

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(p.23) 3 Guides for Designing and Establishing Alternative School Programs for Dropout Prevention
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The School Practitioner’s Concise Companion to Preventing Dropout and Attendance Problems
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David R. Dupper

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370577.003.0003

This chapter describes best practices in designing and establishing alternative education schools and programs for students who are at risk of dropping out of school as a result of truancy, poor grades, disruptive behavior, pregnancy, repeated suspensions, or expulsions. Following a brief overview of the history of alternative education in the United States and two opposing models of alternative education, it discusses those best practices, based on empirical research, which are common across successful alternative education programs. It also discusses several obstacles or challenges that may arise in implementing these best practices and provides a series of steps to build a broad base of support for alternative education programs and services as well as to assist in overcoming or reducing obstacles and barriers. This is followed by a case illustration that shows how a number of the best practices discussed in this chapter have been used in an alternative school in Idaho. The chapter concludes with several important points to remember, and additional resources that can be used by school social workers and other student-service professionals interested in designing and establishing alternative education schools and programs.

Keywords:   alternative education, dropout prevention, school-based intervention, best practices, alternative school

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