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Graduation for All: A Practical Guide to Decreasing School Dropout


reviewed by Marion V. Panyan — 2006

coverTitle: Graduation for All: A Practical Guide to Decreasing School Dropout
Author(s): Camilla A. Lehr, Ann T. Clapper, and Martha L. Thurlow
Publisher: Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 1412906261 , Pages: 216, Year: 2005
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In this age of increased accountability and against the backdrop of NCLB provisions, educators are experiencing a renewed emphasis on improving graduation rates.  A systems approach to achieving such a goal can be found in Lehr, Clapper and Thurlow’s text, Graduation for All: A Practical Guide to Decreasing School Dropout. This book offers educators and families a comprehensive guide and longitudinal plan to implement and evaluate a system to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates.  This book reflects a conceptual shift in thinking that the authors advise others to adopt, namely - building toward school completion and graduation – rather than reducing dropout rates. This book is a “must read” that both informs and directs its readers.  It informs them about evidence-based practices to improve graduation rates and it directs them to follow a course of action that will lead to that goal.  Its very ambitious goal is to achieve... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 1, 2006, p. 112-115
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12110, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 1:14:06 AM

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  • Marion Panyan
    Drake University
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    MARION V. PANYAN, Ph.D. is the Mary Collier Baker Distinguished Professor of Education in the School of Education at Drake University. She is currently co-directing the Iowa Behavioral Alliance, a statewide initiative to implement and evaluate school-wide positive behavior support, mental health initiatives, and dropout prevention programs. She has co-authored (with Lewis Jackson) a 2002 text titled Positive Behavioral Support in the Classroom: Principles and Practices. Dr. Panyan’s most recent research is evaluating a character education program, Character Counts!, in Iowa.
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