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Achieving a 90 percent Graduation Rate: A Path Back to High School for Boston Youth

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The GradNation campaign invites you to join a webinar on December 13th, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. ET that dives deeply into the Youth Re-engagement area.

Six percent of the class of 2016 did not graduate from high school and was not enrolled in a program to graduate. Though these young people have the potential to graduate, they have not completed school and lack a clear pathway to finish. Re-engagement centers have emerged as a successful way to locate youth aged 16 to 24 who have left the traditional school system and connect them to effective educational options and other services, so they can attain a high school diploma or GED.

In this webinar, we will hear from the National League of Cities on the re-engagement landscape and learn from The Boston Re-Engagement Center and their success in bringing young people back to earn their diplomas. We will define re-engagement and its importance, discuss barriers youth face in returning to education, and describe the strategies to re-engage students. We will also hear from young people served by the Boston Re-Engagement Center.

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Achieving a 90 percent Graduation Rate: A Path Back to High School for Boston Youth

  1. 1. www.GradNation.org | #GradNation gradnation90@americaspromise.org Achieving a 90 Percent Graduation Rate: A Path Back to High School for Boston Youth Thursday, December 13, 2018 3:00 - 4:15pm EST
  2. 2. www.GradNation.org | #GradNationwww.GradNation.org | #GradNation  Setting the Stage/Ground Rules  Youth Re-Engagement Panel  Questions and Answers from Audience  What is Youth Re-Engagement?  Boston Re-Engagement Center  Questions and Answers from Audience Agenda
  3. 3. www.GradNation.org | #GradNation  Research shows that the reasons students drop out of school or are pushed out of the traditional school system are multifaceted, and in order address them, a tiered system of intervention is needed.  Factors that affect a student’s decision to drop out include, but are not limited to, uncontrollable life events that happen outside of school, poor academic performance, disconnections between school academics and work, low student engagement, and lack of support. GradNation Action Platform: Re-engage young people who have left school by providing accessible and effective options for completing high school prepared for success in college and/or career.
  4. 4. www.GradNation.org | #GradNationwww.GradNation.org | #GradNation Youth Panel Shianna Roisten Boston Adult Technical Academy Amanda Vega, Boston Adult Technical Academy Luis Pacheco, Boston Adult Technical Academy
  5. 5. www.GradNation.org | #GradNationwww.GradNation.org | #GradNation Questions & Answers
  6. 6. Reengagement 6 12/20/2018 6 Introduction to Reengagement Andrew O. Moore, Director, Youth & Young Adult Connections
  7. 7. Reengagement 12/20/2018 Five Functions of Reengagement Outreach Assessment Referral Support to Re- enroll Support to Stay Enrolled Measure of America: “Nearly 4.9 million young people in the U.S. (ages 16 to 24) are detached from school and workforce…12.3 %, one in eight…Latino rate 14.3%...Black rate 18.9%...Native American rate 25.4%” To respond, cities can now adopt reengagement as a youth development approach that connects out-of-school young adults with caring adults and education options.
  8. 8. Reengagement Reengagement Ecosystem Alternative Schools & Adult Education Paid Work + Training Social Support Services Physical and Behavioral Health Services Juvenile Justice Reentry & Foster Youth Transitions Paths to Postsecondary Credentials • Young people need a variety of supports and services. • Reengagement centers and programs offer connection to any and all. Citywide Reengagemen t Portal – Physical or Virtual
  9. 9. Reengagement Network: at least 21 Local Sites, Two State Networks 2017 Census Data 20 of 22 Sites 40,036 youth contacted 16,814 Placed 11,737 Persisting 2,207 Graduated/Diploma 69.8% Stick Rate and statewide • San Antonio
  10. 10. Reengagement National Reengagement Network www.nlc.org/reengagement • Technical assistance to cities, districts, CBOs • Quarterly peer learning calls – join Network on the web page • Resource hub: https://sites.google.com/site/reengagenetwork/ • National and regional convenings Next up: San Francisco, CA, May 29, 2018 • Reengagement book: available from Amazon or Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  11. 11. BOSTON PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL Boston Re-Engagement Center 12/13/2018
  12. 12. BOSTON PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL Emmanuel Allen Re-Engagement Center Director Boston Public Schools (BPS) Kathy Hamilton Youth Transitions Director Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) Anika Van Eaton Senior Research Analyst Boston Private Industry Council (PIC)
  13. 13. The Boston Re-Engagement Center The Boston Re-Engagement Center (REC) is a partnership between the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), the city’s workforce development board.
  14. 14. Re-Engagement Center Process Outreach Intake Enrollment Referral School placement Case management The REC team reaches out to students via: • Letter mailed from Boston Public Schools and the Boston PIC • Automated phone call from the BPS • REC staff make calls • Home visits / door knocking campaigns There are three major outreach efforts: • Beginning of the summer – contact all the students who unenrolled during the previous school year (“the dropout list”) • End of summer – contact the dropout list and any students who had unenrolled during the summer • September – the students who were registered for school and did not attend Emmanuel Allen leads an outreach day of canvassing the homes of students to encourage them to visit the Re- Engagement Center.
  15. 15. Re-Engagement Center Process The REC team meets with a student for an intake to: • Learn why the left school, or if they are currently enrolled, why they want to transfer from a traditional district school to an alternative education program. • Analyze the student’s transcript and share how many classes the student has passed. • Assess the students’ MCAS (state standardized test) scores for meeting graduation requirements. • Discuss educational options. Outreach Intake Enrollment Referral School placement Case management
  16. 16. Re-Engagement Center Process Outreach Intake Enrollment Referral School placement Case management
  17. 17. Re-Engagement Center Process The REC team refers students to their school of choice. Most students are interested in alternative education programs. 1 9 35 57 69 125 Re-Engagement Center District Adult Ed or GED/HSE Undecided Boston Collaborative HS BPS Alt Ed The top choices of the 296 students we met with between April 2018 and October 2018. Outreach Intake Enrollment Referral School placement Case management
  18. 18. Re-Engagement Center Process Schools and education programs determine if they have capacity to enroll the student. If a student receives a new school assignment, then they are considered “placed.” If a student is unable to enroll in their top choice school, the REC staff refer them to another program. Outreach Intake Enrollment Referral School placement Case management
  19. 19. Re-Engagement Center Process After a student is placed in a new school, the REC team continues to follow-up with the students to support them in their new school environment. Johanne L., 20, went on to attend Boston Adult Technical Academy after dropping out of high school three years ago. Outreach Intake Enrollment Referral School placement Case management
  20. 20. Youth Transitions Taskforce Building momentum
  21. 21. Youth Transitions Taskforce: collective action • The Task Force started out with quantitative and qualitative research to build consensus.
  22. 22. Youth Transitions Taskforce Recommendations 1. Refine dropout data collection methods and deepen the analysis. 2. Develop early intervention strategies and an outreach and referral system. 3. Increase the number and variety of alternatives. 4. Create school climates that are welcoming and respectful for students and parents. 5. Increase coordination among agencies to close gaps 6. Develop revenue strategies for alternative programs, early intervention, and outreach to dropout.
  23. 23. Flow of Impact: Increased Visibility at the City and Community Level Re-Engagement
  24. 24. Youth engaged and placed, by year Notes: “Making initial engagement” are students who complete an initial intake with REC staff Source: Boston PIC Re-Engagement Center 141 292 309 550 884 900 781 784 537 621 637 654 72 208 248 307 555 449 411 406 293 251 284 282 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 1000 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 Engaged with the REC Enrolled in BPS
  25. 25. Boston Public Schools District, annual dropout rates Source: Boston Public Schools (BPS); Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 BPS 9.4% 7.9% 7.2% 6.4% 5.7% 6.0% 6.4% 4.5% 3.8% 4.4% 4.5% 3.6% DESE 9.9% 8.9% 7.6% 7.3% 6.8% 6.4% 7.0% 5.9% 5.3% 4.7% 5.5% 4.4% 0% 2% 4% 6% 8% 10% 12%
  26. 26. Boston Public Schools District, # of students dropping out of high school Source: Boston Public Schools (BPS); Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) 1936 1610 1447 1264 1116 1165 1219 828 701 812 830 660 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 # School Year
  27. 27. Elevating Visibility
  28. 28. Capacities for Re-Engagement 1. For CBO or non-profit partner: a relationship of trust with the school district or community-based education programs 2. For school district: willingness to build relationships with CBOs, FBOs and the community 3. For school district: tolerance for exposure of grey areas and policy contradictions. 4. For all: data capacity and commitment to use data to learn and fuel courageous conversations 5. For some: connection to collective impact project
  29. 29. Informing School Policies Student data analysis for impact
  30. 30. The BPS off-track population visiting the REC Understanding the academic attainment and needs of the students visiting the REC helps the BPS plan their programs to support the students.
  31. 31. REC students by Parthenon category N=296 8 15 100 58 107 young and on track young and close Young and far Old and close Old and far # of students completing intake Parthenon category at intake
  32. 32. REC students by Parthenon category • 70% of students are “far” from graduation • 56% of students are 18 or older; 44% are between 15-years-old and 17-years-old
  33. 33. Parthenon Category by MCAS # MCAS subjects attempted N=296 10 42 8 32 4 28 5 16 12 29 43 55 Young and on track Young and close Young and far Old and close Old and far None One Two Three
  34. 34. Parthenon Category by MCAS # MCAS subjects attempted N=296 10 42 8 32 4 28 5 16 12 29 43 55 Young and on track Young and close Young and far Old and close Old and far None One Two Three • 41% of “far” students have taken 3+ MCAS • 31% of students aged 15 to 17 have taken 3+ MCAS
  35. 35. Students with IEP and English Language Learner supports IEP & ELD, 8% IEP only, 21% ELD only, 20% Students w/o IEP or ELD, 51% N=296
  36. 36. www.GradNation.org | #GradNationwww.GradNation.org | #GradNation Questions & Answers
  37. 37. www.GradNation.org | #GradNation The GradNation campaign: http://gradnation.americaspromise.org/ For all things GradNation, email the team at gradnation90@americaspromise.org For more information:

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