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Keeping Students at the Center – Engagement, Goal Setting and Retention: To use literacy skills (reading, writing, math, computer) to interact with the world around them and to achieve their goals.

Consensus goal: The opposite of “one-size fits all” in which practice is learner-centered and reflective of a wide variety of cultures, interests, demographics, educational needs and learning styles among the student body, but resources are prioritized towards organizational and instructional models that deliver the highest value

How? Quotes lifted from survey responses:

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    Mechanisms for student participation in program design and evaluation, planning, policy, advocacy...

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      The development of curricula that are contextualized to reflect the concrete goals of participants.

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      Making the traditionally unwelcome feel that education is possible for them.

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      Operating schools effectively in jails has engaged some young people who have never had a positive

school experience.

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    Developing civic literacy and student leadership.

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      Full-time counselors to support learners to achieve their goals and to access and take advantage of

social services throughout the city.

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    On-ramps and re-entry points for those who need to leave system due to job or life issues.

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      Teens need to work and be active and feel like they are a part of something. After they get the GED, what's the next step? You can get them in and get funding for their program, but they need a blueprint/plan.

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    Flexible schedules.

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      Programs should consistently prepare students to negotiate their needs and wants well and critically in

English through listening, speaking, reading and writing well and critically.

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    We don’t know what happens to the people put on the waiting lists or referred elsewhere.

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      Connecting learning to practical goals.

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      The ability to learn on their own.

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      There is a need for mentors that have already succeeded in the same field that you want to enter. A

doctor if you want to be a doctor, who is willing to let you be a shadow once a week. If you want to get your GED, be with someone who has gotten their GED already. Role models.

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    A seat in a class. Currently most people can't even get in a class.

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