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From Diapers to Diplomas: Supporting At-Risk Students and Reducing the Dropout Rate
Gerald Pennie, Ian M. Lertora, Charles Crews, and Janet Froeschle Hicks
Supportive adults wield great influence over adolescent decision-making practices. Counselors, teachers, and administrators who appear caring and accessible are important factors in the retention rates of at-risk students in the P– 12 educational system. In this article, the dropout rate, risk factors, theoretical implications, and specific strategies that school counselors, teachers, and administrators can use to decrease dropout rates among at-risk students are discussed.
Keywords: at-risk students, dropout rate, school counseling