Assign adult advocates to students at risk of dropping out.
Research has shown that sustained personal relationships between trained adults and at-risk students can help address students' personal and academic needs. Advocates can address the academic and social needs of students by building trust and helping students overcome obstacles such as low academic performance, poor attendance, or poor relationships with teachers. Advocates also can communicate and work cooperatively with families. The adult should be committed to advocating for the student and should believe that all students can succeed. The adult and student should have time to meet regularly, and the adult advocate should be prepared to be persistent. Training for adult advocates is essential.
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