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.
High-Stake Stories: How to Break Through Fake News with Real Lives
What stories are you telling about your students and your work? Often, the narrative we want to deliver and the one we actually send are vastly different. That's in no small part because we are all-too-often deathly afraid of "bad news." But journalist, professor, and equity-in-education advocate Matthew LaPlante says it's time to stop being afraid of the real, gritty, uncomfortable and heart-breaking realities of working with students facing poverty, family instability, physical ailments, untreated mental illness, and abuse. At the first Alternative Accountability Policy Forum, LaPlante challenged attendees to not only embrace their failures, but to openly share those experiences with the world. This year, LaPlante will present some strategies for breaking past the media cacophony so that stakeholders and policy makers alike can better understand the fight in which we are engaged.
Past AAPF Sessions:
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.
the annual alternative accountability policy forum is aN Education policy conference from:
Alternative Accountability Policy Forum 2605 Temple Heights Dr Suite F., Oceanside, CA 92056 (916) 712-9087