Leaving to Learn How Out-Of-School Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates

ISBN-10: 0325046042

ISBN-13: 9780325046044

Edition: 2013

Authors: Elliot Washor, Charles Mojkowski, Sir Ken Robinson

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"We have a bold strategy for revitalizing schools and for graduating and preparing young people for success in their future learning and work. This "leaving to learn" strategy is driven by our image of that future. Our goal is not merely to graduate every student but to prepare graduates who are uncommonly ready for success in their workplaces and their communities."-Elliot Washor and Charles MojkowskiIt's an alarming fact: in the U.S., one student drops out of school every 12 seconds. Elliot Washorand CharlesMojkowski,both of Big Picture Learning, have a proven, innovative solution for stemming the flow of drop-outs and breaking the cycle of disengagement that leads up to it. It's called leaving to learn. Leaving to Learnhelps us deeply understand the real reasons kids drop out and the essential conditions for productive learning that today's adolescents require. The authors then make a compelling argument: in order to retain students through to graduation, schools must offer experiences where students do some of their learning outside of school. With common sense "rules of the road," the authors offer nuts and bolts guidelines for implementing a high-quality Leaving to Learn program, including:examples of the many forms of out-of-school learning: internships, travel, community service, independent projects, and moreseamlessly integrating students' outside learning with in-school curriculumassigning academic credit for out-of-school accomplishments.Isn't it time to try more innovative ways to address the challenges of our nation's dropout rate? We can keep kids in school andprepare them for life after graduation by delivering authentic learning experiences that matter to them. The first step is taking down the barriers between school and the outside world. The first step is letting them leave, to learn.
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List price: $28.75
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 3/7/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Understanding Disengagement
Why Young People Disengage from School: It's Deeper Than You Think
The Big Four
The Deeper Four
High Hopes: Students' Expectations
Reasonable Questions All
Leaning Toward Leaving: How Young People Disengage from Their Schools
"You've Changed"
Where Did the Love Go?
Ifs Time to Say Goodbye"
Rethinking the Relationship
Engaging Students in Productive Learning
What Constitutes Success?
What Is Important to Learn to Achieve Success?
An Uncommon Core
No Head for Creativity
All and Nothing
Handmade Standards
Approaching Standards
How Should Schools Help Students Learn Productively?
Learning in the Funnel
Productive Projects
How Do We Know What's Been Learned?
New Wine in New Bottles
Leaving to Learn
Ways to Leave for Learning
Leaving-to-Learn Opportunities
Come-Back Programs
Supporting Leaving to Learn
The Basic Tools
Beyond the Basic Tools
Creating Alternative Learning Environments
Students' Expectations: The New Imperatives
What Have We Learned?
So What?
Who Can Help?
What in the World Are We Coming To?
Act on "The Deeper Four" by Addressing Students' Expectations
Focus on Productive Learning
Adopt New Imperatives
Conduct Research and Development
Take on New Challenges
Establish New Relationships
Find New Ways of Innovating
Works Cited
About the Authors
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