At Atomic Learning, we work with schools and districts across the country and around the globe on a daily basis, and, even though the populations of these schools are very unique and the initiatives and programs vary, we hear many of the same challenges on everything from student engagement and instructional practices to utilizing technology and ensuring safe learning environments.
Ultimately, these challenges all center around ensuring student success, and on a national level there are some sobering realities:
- Half of students are disengaged1. This is one of the factors that leads to an average of 5,000 students dropping out of school each day2. While the number has declined in recent years, it's still a staggering and unacceptable rate.
- When a school loses a student, there is a financial impact. On average, schools lose over $12,000 of funding per lost student3.
- Recognizing that teachers are key to reducing this cycle, consider this: Typical professional development has a real cost of $6,000-12,000 per year, per teacher4. However, most teacher PD only has a 10% transfer rate into instructional practice5. That means that not only is PD costly and time-intensive, but isn’t doing what it needs to in order to impact students.
Fortunately, there are proven ways to help break this cycle.