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Career Academies: Impacts on Students’ Engagement and Performance in High School - According to this study from the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, career academies are an effective means of preventing dropout, increasing school engagement, and helping students acquire the credentials they need to graduate and prepare for postsecondary education. Career academies, now in more than 1,500 high schools nationwide, are a way of breaking down large, comprehensive schools into smaller, “learning communities” that offer a combination of academic and vocational curricula. (James J. Kemple, Jason C. Snipes, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, February 2000)...

The Child First Authority After-School Program: A Descriptive Evaluation - The Child First Authority (CFA) is a Baltimore communitywide after-school program that seeks to improve the quality of life in low socioeconomic status communities by directly serving public school students and their families academically, culturally and behaviorally in the after-school hours. This report describes the creation of CFA, the overall components of the program, activities conducted in the start-up year. Data from the start-up year and from the beginning of the second year indicate that a specific Child First model has been developed in which school sites employ common concepts and administrative structures, maintain an academic extended-school-day component, and vary the types of activities that they offer according to local decisions and preferences. (Olatokunbo S. Fashola, CRESPAR Report No. 38, May 1999)...

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