ED501 

Course Title:

Why We Drop Out?

Credit Hours: 3

Course Format: Online

Instructor.ssa@gmail.com

Catalog Description: This course is designed to inform educators of the various reasons students fail to complete school successfully. Participants will explore research-based ideology for the factors that may be predictors of whether students will drop out or graduate from high school.

 

Additional Course Description: We will explore institutional characteristics and individual characteristics as the main predictors of success. We will explore strategies/tools used to predict school failure: attendance, behavior and grades (retention), early warning indicators, and engagement in the school community.

 

Required Text

 

Why We Drop Out" Understanding and Disrupting Student Pathways to Leaving School by Deborah Feldman, Antony T. Smith and Barbara Waxman

 

Other Materials  

On school culture you may wish to review Deal, T. E., and Peterson, K. D., Shaping School Culture: The Heart of School Leadership, 2003

o   on teamwork you may wish to review Patrick Lencioni’s book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

 

 

Course Objectives:

1.              Explain the four dropping out phases that a student may experience.

2.             Explore strategies for combating negative peer influences.

3.             Examine how school challenges undermine a student’s ability to be academically successful.

4.             Describe what alternative settings are available for students in danger of dropping out.

5.             Describe how drop-out prevention strategies can be utilized effectively.

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs):

This course addresses the following student learning outcomes to the degree shown in the table. Degree Addressed is rated according to the following scale:

1=Basic, 2=Developing, 3=Proficient, 4=Advanced

Student Learning Outcome

Degree Addressed

1. Demonstrate growth in content knowledge related to teaching assignment and the

application of content knowledge to classroom instruction and assessment.

3

2. Understand scientifically based practices in teaching and learning, including strategies

in literacy education, instructional technology, differentiation of instruction, and apply them to raise student achievement.

2

3. Demonstrate multiple means of assessing and evaluating student learning and use them

to change teaching and learning.

2

4. Locate, interpret, synthesize, and apply educational research in best practices in teaching.

2

5. Understand models for professional change, including teacher collaboration, professional learning communities, strategies for mentoring and coaching to facilitate

change, and effective professional development.

1

6. Demonstrate understanding of reflective practice that results in improved classroom teaching and learning, including teacher reflection, use of technology in self-

assessment, collaboration for change, and self-management of change.

2

7. Demonstrate understanding of system and organizational change in education, including models for school change and current research and trends in school change.

1

8. Demonstrate responsibility for student learning at high levels.

3

9. Demonstrate responsibility for school reform and leadership in school change.

1

 

 

 

 

                            Requirements

Points

Student Effort (hours)

Reading Textbook (150 total pages)

0

15

Section 1. Read and Answer

15

5

Apply your Knowledge - Services

10

9

Apply your Knowledge – Research and Explain

10

12

Apply your Knowledge - National organizations

10

10

Section 2. Read and Answer

15

5

Apply your Knowledge - Dropout Prevention Information

10

10

Apply your Knowledge - Describe or Explain

10

9

5-page paper

20

38

TOTAL HOURS

100

113

 

 

Assignments:

 

Read and answer - Students will read the questions that reference the textbook and answer the questions.

 

Apply your knowledge - Students will research local dropout prevention protocols.

 

Apply your knowledge - Students will research local homeless shelter options.

 

Apply your knowledge - Students will research National dropout prevention organizations.

 

Apply your knowledge - Students will create a flyer, powerpoint presentation or brochure that would convince a student not to drop out of school.

 

Apply your knowledge - Students will describe a local organization that has partnered or could partner with the neighborhood school to stop students from dropping out of school.

 

Write a 5 page paper - Students will write a 5-page paper discussing dropout prevention.

 

 

 

 

Grading:

Clearly show how students will earn grades.  It is best to tie this back to the Course Requirements in some way. A common grading scale is shown below, but instructors can deviate as they see fit. Please note that CSU-Pueblo does not offer C- grades

.

Percentage

Grade Level

GPA

100% to 90%

A

4.0

89% to 80%

B

3.0

79% to 70%

C

2.0

69% to 60%

D

1.0

59% and below

E

0.0

 

 

 

Recommendations

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Read the assignment requirements before completing the required reading and videos.

Turn in assignments once ALL have been completed.

The process

Educators will order the course on the website, www.studentservicesacademy.com

SSA will send a course syllabus as well as a textbook for free. (if required) After the assignments are completed and have been graded by the instructor, the instructor will then send an email stating that the coursework is up to standard or provide opportunities to revise and resubmit the work. Revision opportunities will be granted until the coursework has met the standard. Students may then order a transcript from the university.

Accomodations

No student shall be denied the benefit of an education “solely by reason of a handicap.” Accommodations will be provided for individuals with documented disabilities or special needs learning. Please let us know how we can assist by contacting us at icanhelp.ssa@gmail.com

 Colorado State University-Pueblo abides by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which stipulates that no student shall be denied the benefits of an education "solely by reason of a handicap." If you have a documented disability that may impact your work in this class and for which you may require accommodations, please see the Disability Resource & Support Center as soon as possible to arrange accommodations. In order to receive accommodations, you must be registered with and provide documentation of your disability to the Disability Resource & Support Center, which is located in the Library and Academic Resources Center, Suite 169.

Grading & Transcripts

Please allow 3-5 business days for instructor feedback and grading. Verify that all grades and credits are posted to your student record prior to ordering official transcripts.

Verify that all grades and credit hours have been processed before ordering an official transcript.  

Payments and Refunds

Payment in full is due upon registration.  Students can get a refund up to 7 days from the date of purchase minus a $50 cancellation fee. It is your responsibility to check with your district BEFORE registering to confirm they will accept these credits.

How to Submit coursework

Do not submit coursework until all the sections are complete. Students will submit coursework via email attachment. (Word document or PDF) Send directly to instructor.ssa@gmail.com

Within the subject line include your name and course title.

Example:  Subject:  John Doe, How to conduct a residency investigation

Formatting Requirements

Use size 12-point font and double spacing. Use your own styling format or an APA writing style format.

Academic dishonesty

Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty is any form of cheating which results in students giving or receiving unauthorized assistance in an academic exercise or receiving credit for work which is not their own. In cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor will inform the chair of the department prior to implementation of punitive action. Academic dishonesty is grounds for disciplinary action by both the instructor and the Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management. Any student judged to have engaged in academic dishonesty may receive a failing grade for the work in question, a failing grade for the course, or any other lesser penalty which the instructor finds appropriate. To dispute an accusation of academic dishonesty, the student should first consult with the instructor. If the dispute remains unresolved, the student may then state his or her case to the department chair (or the dean if the department chair is the instructor of the course).

Need a Transcript

Our academic partner will provide your transcript. After we have emailed you your final grade, your transcript will be available within 10 business days.

Course Deadline

Final coursework must be submitted within 6 months of registering for the course.

Course Rubric

 

Assignment

Unacceptable -

Proficient - B grade level work

Advanced- A grade level work

Read and Answer

Work is unacceptable. Student must redo.

 

Adequate use of proper grammar and spelling.

Questions were answered.

 

Proper use of grammar and spelling.

Questions were answered  thoroughly.

Apply your Knowledge - Services

Work is unacceptable. Student must redo.

Topic researched and explained.

Topic completely researched and explained in a detailed manner.

Apply your Knowledge - Research and Explain

Work is unacceptable. Student must redo.

Topic researched and explained.

Topic completely researched and explained in a detailed manner.

Apply your Knowledge - National organizations

 

Work is unacceptable. Student must redo.

Topic researched and explained.

Topic completely researched and explained in a detailed manner.

Apply your Knowledge - Dropout prevention information

Work is unacceptable. Student must redo.

Addresses assignment activities.

Completely addresses assignment activities.

 

 

Apply your Knowledge - Describe or Explain

Work is unacceptable. Student must redo.

Topic researched and explained.

Topic completely researched and explained in a detailed manner.

 

 

 

5-page paper

 

 

Work is unacceptable. Student must redo.

 

 

Adequate use of proper grammar and spelling.

 

 Information is shown.

 

 

 

Proper use of grammar and spelling.

 

Information is documented  thoroughly.

 

Meticulously summarizes key terms.

 

 

 

 

 

                            Requirements

Points

Student Effort (hours)

Reading Textbook (150 total pages)

0

15

Section 1. Read and Answer

15

5

Apply your Knowledge - Services

10

9

Apply your Knowledge – Research and Explain

10

12

Apply your Knowledge - National organizations

10

10

Section 2. Read and Answer

15

5

Apply your Knowledge - Dropout Prevention Information

10

10

Apply your Knowledge - Describe or Explain

10

9

5-page paper

20

38

TOTAL HOURS

100

113