TEA BPC Webinar #2-3:
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD’s High-Yield Dropout Prevention/Recovery Program
Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 11:00 a.m. Central Time (CT)
During this webinar, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD staff presented key strategies and components of their dropout prevention/recovery program, which are included in a featured Best Practice Summary available on the BPC website. Since 2005–06, the district’s overall student completion rates and at-risk student completion rates have increased from below to above both state averages and averages of a peer district comparison group. Strategies used by the district reflect research-based best practices identified in both national and state studies (see, for example, the Institute of Education Sciences’ Dropout Prevention: A Practice Guide and TEA’s Best Practices in Dropout Prevention and Dropout Recovery Resource Guide.) These strategies included:
- Providing tailored academic support and enrichment delivered by carefully selected teachers.
- Offering alternative and flexible academic options that address barriers to attending school at the College, Career & Technology Academy (CCTA).
- Providing a post-secondary focus through career and technical education (CTE) and dual enrollment opportunities.
- Building school-community collaborations to reach out to students who are at-risk or have dropped out of school, including: the Countdown to Zero Dropout Recovery Initiative and dual enrollment partnerships with South Texas College and the University of Texas Pan American.
- Assigning staff mentors to meet with students regularly, develop caring relationships, and provide ongoing support, advocacy, and monitoring.
Moderator/Presenter: Ertha Patrick, Texas Education Agency
Presenters from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD were:
- Dr. Daniel King, Superintendent of Schools
- Leonore Tyler, Founding Principal of College, Career & Technology Academy
To view Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD’s Best Practice Summary, please see High Yield Dropout Prevention/ Recovery Program. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation used during the webinar can be downloaded here.