EDUCATION CONCLAVE SPEAKER-WASHINGTON COLLADO
Strand One: Leadership
Dr. Washington Collado
SUPPORTIVE PROGRAMS IN SYNERGISTIC MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS TO INCREASE ENGAGEMENT AND PREVENT STUDENTS FROM DROPPING OUT
This study examined how two high schools have successfully increased graduation rates while serving minority-majority and impoverished communities. Data collected for this qualitative, multi-site, case study employed publicly-available archival materials, interviews, focus groups, and observations in leadership meetings to help narrate a story that takes into account the complexities of human relations, specifically those in school settings in an urban school district. Thirty-four participants were selected by the principals at the participating schools and included members of their leadership teams, such as literacy coaches, assistant principals, magnet coordinators, students, parents, security specialists, and guidance counselors.