April 18th, 2012

LISTEN: Melissa Lakes Discusses Dropout Prevention

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Learning Matters producers John Tulenko and Mike Joseloff recently traveled to Shelbyville, Indiana for PBS NewsHour to produce a piece on dropout prevention strategies (in 2006, Shelbyville was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine under the headline “Dropout Nation.”)

While in Shelbyville, Tulenko interviewed Melissa Lakes, who runs the Student Achievement Center there. The Student Achievement Center is a selective program focused on meeting students where they are, as well as providing avenues for employment and service learning. You will learn more about the Center in the finished PBS piece; also consult this article.

Tulenko’s full interview with Ms. Lakes — a wide-ranging discussion on dropout prevention strategies, treating students like individuals, and much more — is available by clicking the audio play button above.

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This is all part of The American Graduate project on PBS.

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