Resources for Teaching At-Risk Students

OUR AT-RISK YOUTH – WE CANNOT LEAVE THEM BEHIND

We have a large number of at-risk youth in our schools, and they must be addressed to move our educational system (as well as our economy) forward.  I have been committed to working in a high-needs school and know that there are many things that these schools and teachers in these schools need to address and do differently.  It is definitely a challenge, but the rewards are tremendous and I can’t imagine working anywhere else.  These schools need great teachers, need committed educators, and need public support.

“We all need someone who inspires us to do better than we know how.”  — Anonymous

Below is a list of some alarming statistics regarding our at-risk youth.  I have also added several great articles on this subject that I hope you will read to gain a better understanding of how we can reach these children and lead them to successful and productive lives!

DID YOU KNOW?????
2,374,957 children live in Michigan

Child Poverty in Michigan
Number of poor children   – 538,649 (23.5%)
Number of children living in extreme poverty   – 248,100

Child Hunger in Michigan:
Number of children who receive food stamps   – 681,000
Number of children in the School Lunch Program   – 910,364

Child Welfare in Michigan:
Number of children who are victims of abuse and neglect   – 32,412
Number of children in foster care   – 16,412
Number of children adopted from foster care   – 2,597
Number of grandparents raising grandchildren   – 70,213

Children and Reading and Math Levels:
Percent of public school fourth graders:
unable to read at grade level   – 68.8%
unable to do math at grade level   – 65.2%

Percent of public school eighth graders:
unable to read at grade level   – 67.9%
unable to do math at grade level   – 69.2%

Dropout and Graduation Rates:
Number of 16 to 19 year-olds who have dropped out of high school – 29,700
Averaged freshman high school graduation rate – 75.3%
Number of juvenile arrests – 30,678

Source of data above:
http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/state-data-repository/children-in-the-states.html

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Article list:
Together we can: Collaborating to meet the needs of at-risk students

Responding to the Needs of At-Risk Students in Poverty

What works for students at risk

Toward Resiliency: At-Risk Students Who Make it to College

Insights and Strategies for Teaching At-Risk Kids

At Risk Students:  What Teachers and Principals Can Do

Is There Equity in Educational Reform?

Beyond Order and Expectations for High Schools Serving At-Risk Youth

Teaching Literature to At-Risk Students

Motivation for At-Risk Students

 

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