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Reducing Truancy and Other School Headaches

 

Understand the factors that affect truancy rates in the classroom and learn how to prevent it in the future.

We spend $519 billion dollars a year in the USA on public education, yet we are approaching the highest dropout rate in the history of modern education. Among the incarcerated, 75 percent of those in state prisons and 59 percent of those in federal prisons are high school dropouts. High school dropouts are 3.5 times more likely to be incarcerated. Dropouts contribute disproportionately to the unemployment rate. Only 55 percent of young adult dropouts are employed. 74 percent of high school graduates ARE employed.
In his experience, Dr. Dallmann-Jones says that schools and their personnel are fairly ignorant about what to do about the growing dropout problem ... now approaching 20%. What CAN schools do? Can teachers make a difference? What is the administrator's role? And the community's role?
Dr. Dallmann-Jones will first discuss the hidden but powerful facets of the problems facing education at the student, teacher and school administration levels, and explain how and why we misdiagnose, and how we very often make it worse due to our ignorance, i.e., we pour gasoline on the fire trying to put it out. This then sets up a justification for blaming the at-risk youth for their situation. But the truth is no child ever asked to be placed at-risk. And the very way we define 'at-risk' makes it almost impossible for either the child OR the school to do anything effectively to solve the problem(s). In this topic, you will learn a new and more empowering definition of 'at-risk' and Dr. Dallmann-Jones will share several suggestions for making both a school and a classroom 'dropout proof.'

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Anthony S. Dallmann-Jones, Ph.D.

Anthony S. Dallmann-Jones, Ph.D.

National At-Risk Education Network

  • Founder and former director of the National At-Risk Education Network
  • Educational consultant and speaker
  • Author of Shadow Children - Understanding Education’s #1 Problem [2011 RLD Publications] and Handbook of Effective Teaching and Assessment Strategies [2006 RLD Publications] and Killing Stress Before It Kills You [DZ Productions 2018]
  • Professor of the graduate program in at-risk education, ARAE (At-Risk and Alternative Education) an accredited master’s degree program for school educators, social workers, youth workers, detention center and prison educators, at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
  • Former psychotherapist
  • Former host of the Dr. Zest Show on K107 in the Fox Valley of Wisconsin
  • Blue Ribbon panel member in Washington, D.C. with the National Office of Junior Achievement
  • Keynote speaker in Singapore at 1st international conference on Council for At-Risk Education in 2010
  • Author of 13 books
  • Ph.D. degree in educational psychology, Florida State University
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