Matthew D. LaPlante is an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University and a long-time advocate for providing educational opportunities for underserved Americans.
He is the founding editor of NoDropouts.org, an informational website dedicated to sharing the experiences, expertise and insights of those engaged in the fight to end the dropout epidemic. He is also an associate at Graduation Alliance, which works with school districts across the United States to give at-risk students the flexibility and support they need to earn a high school diploma.
Proposed Practices for Long-Term Engagement of At-Promise School Alumni One of the biggest challenges to understanding longitudinal outcomes of alternative educational pathways is long-term engagement. But the same life challenges that push students away from mainstream schools can make it hard to maintain stable contact after they leave a program — even if their lives are much better off as a result of their participation. There has been little research dedicated specifically to the question of how to best facilitate long-term engagement of former participants of schools and programs for at-promise students. There is a tremendous wealth of knowledge, practice and research, however, that can be gleaned from other programs aimed at providing a social benefit to individuals and maintaining longitudinal contact. The lessons that have been learned and practices that have been implemented by these organizations and researchers can be instructive. Matthew LaPlante, an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State University and a Reaching At-Promise Student Association board member, will present eight strategies for improving long-term engagement.
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