Contest 9 - No longer held back

How can we prevent students from repeating the school year?

Nearly 1 out of every 2 students in Latin America does not finish high school.  

Students who are help back in school are at greater risk of dropping out.


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Low-income students are at even greater risk of repeating grades and dropping out of school. In his short film "Written Off," produced for GRADUATE XXI, Mexican director Nicolas Pereda asks if going to school is a sound decision when money is tight.

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Get an A! Week of September 13th-19th 2014


19 / septiembre / 2014 COMMENTS

Be a good student of the world. Get schooled on what’s happening in the world of education.

The GRADUATE XXI team shares 10 articles, videos, tweets, posts, phrases, inspiring books, ideas and opinions about education with you that made us think this week. We want to know your thoughts, so join us and let’s continue the conversation.

1. GraduateXXI has extended the deadline to submit ideas

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2. Helping your kids with their homework:


When helping your kid with his homework always be interested in his thinking. These are the Best Practices for Making Homework Manageable

3. Parent- Teacher conferences

The Harvard Family Research Project’s Tip Sheet for Parents suggests reviewing your child’s work, grades and past teacher feedback. Ask your child about his experience at school and make a list of questions ahead of time to ask during the conference. Here are Three Tips to Focus Parent-Teacher Conferences On Creating a Partnership.

4. Child Tutors:


Can you imagine coming home from school, doing your homework and then, instead of resting or playing, going to a classmate’s house to help him with his school work as well?

Read our latest blog post to learn more about this program:  Answering the Call: Classmates Make Sure No Student Is Left Behind

5. Motivation and Perseverance in the classroom

Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up

Stanford researcher Carol Dweck has been studying motivation and perseverance since the 1960s. And she found that children fall into one of two categories:

  • Those with a fixed mindset, who believe their successes are a result of their innate talent or smarts
  • Those with a growth mindset, who believe their successes are a result of their hard work

6. UNESCO report:

“Education is a fundamental right and the basis for progress in every country. Parents need information about health and nutrition if they are to give their children the start in life they deserve. Prosperous countries depend on skilled and educated workers. The challenges of conquering poverty, combatting climate change and achieving truly sustainable development in the coming decades compel us to work together. With partnership, leadership and wise investments in education, we can transform individual lives, national economies and our world.”

Read the Sustainable Development Post-2015 Begins With Education

7. The Proactive Teacher:

Teachers can be highly successful in a blended environment when they make time for thinking ahead and planning how their classroom will look, feel, and sound in a technology-rich environment. Read the Blended Learning in the Mix.

8. Helping kids help others:

Photo by Animal Rescue League of Berks County

Animal Shelter Encourages Kids To Read To Homeless Cats: An animal shelter in Pennsylvania is helping young students improve their reading skills in the most heartwarming way imaginable — by offering them a rapt audience of needy felines.

9. Enhancing Student Commitment:

Engaging Brains: How to Enhance Learning by Teaching Kids About Neuroplasticity : The force behind this cycle is students’ belief that they can get smarter through study and practice, which enhances their commitment to persist in the hard work that learning sometimes requires.

10. Social Media in the Classroom:

Social Media Finds A New Home in the ClassroomAn increasing number of teachers are using social media as a valuable instructional tool. These teachers believe that social media gives them, as never before, a way to see how students are grappling with the material. And they believe that social media, as the very term implies, captures the social nature of real learning.


If you were in charge, how would you change things? Share your idea with us. Your idea could change things for the better.


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By: Juan Salvador López Arriaga - #9

19 / septiembre / 2014 COMMENTS

Pocos planteles de E.M.S. han ingresado al Sistema Nacional de Bachillerato (S.N.B.), el cual es un requisito indispensable para demostrar que son planteles de calidad, son estos los que mayormente reciben apoyos para infraestructura, teniendo ventaja sobre aquellos que están en zonas marginadas y que con dificultades cuentan con el mobiliario necesario para impartir la cátedra.

Mi propuesta para evitar la repitencia o el abandono escolar es: Que a todos los planteles de Nivel Básico y Medio Superior se les dote de equipo de cómputo, incluyendo proyectores (cañones) para que docentes y estudiantes lleven a cabo el proceso E.-A. de manera interactiva, motivando a los estudiantes para que su asistencia a clases sea ininterrumpida e interesante.

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