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What is your connection to education/teaching?
I am a middle school computer teacher with a time-capsule, 10-year class reunion project to lower our 60% dropout rate here in Dallas. The project was started in 2005. Our students feed into two highschools. Both high schools had record large graduation classes in 2009, a class which was made up of that class who first participated in our Archive Project.
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Dallas Independent School District

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Middle School Dropout Prevention Projects must focus far beyond the Freshman Transition

Posted on January 22, 2010 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

The greatest danger from some programs claiming to work on dropout prevention is that they actually fragment the educational process even more than it already is. Another transition is forced on students. Progress is hard to make. The goal should be to do the opposite. We must make the educational process more complete and goal centered, less fragmented. We must work to merge the available educational process with the students own story.

During 28 years in child placement social work… Continue

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At 8:35pm on January 21, 2010, Scott Habeeb said…
Thanks for joining the Freshman Transition Network. The network is, and always will be, a "work in progress". Your input and ideas will play a big role in making this a useful and interactive site. Please let me know if you have ideas.

Be sure to read the "Read 1st" tab. I think that will give you a good idea of how to maximize this network.

Also, please go to the forum page and click on the Introductions forum. Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the users

Check out the "Your School" tab. This gives people a chance to leave information about and a link to their school's Freshman Transition Program. This can help schools connect with one another.

Consider "friending" the other members of the community. That will make sure that the community truly is a community. You do this by going to someone's page and clicking Add as Friend, which is beneath their profile picture. By friending others you will then be able to send out messages, ask questions, and share thoughts more easily with those individuals.

Most importantly, though, your input, ideas, blogs, comments, and questions will benefit all the other members. Feel free to become a regular blogger or poster. We're looking forward to hearing from you!

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