Caddo Parish Ombudsman Administrator Participates In Dropout Prevention Forum (Shreveport, La.)

Date: May 8, 2013

Caddo Parish Ombudsman Alternative Education Administrator Guy Cooper served as a panelist on a forum about dropout prevention, where he stressed the importance of making education a top priority.

The Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) and Southern University hosted the forum, “Stopping the Faucet of the Dropout Drip,” in honor of Social Work Month during March. Panelists addressed social issues that are a concern to the African-American community and all residents of Caddo Parish.

“Providing our children with a valuable educational experience needs to be a top priority in our community,” said Cooper. “This forum gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of the problems our educational system is facing on a local and national level and provides our community with useful information so we can become better advocates for our children.”

The forum had three objectives:

1. To increase awareness about the state high school dropout trends and discuss challenges students and families face navigating the educational system;

2. To provide a panel of educators, social workers, practitioners, other professionals and experts a forum to discuss the opportunities made available to students through new state and local education policies and program services; and

3. To identify ways that role models and mentors can support students and families to achieve successful high school completion.

During the panel discussion, Cooper was asked how the Ombudsman alternative education services model compared to the traditional educational model.

“The small class size, small group instruction and the personalized teacher-led instruction are incredibly beneficial to students who struggle with grades or behavioral issues,” Cooper said. “Our students’ grades are improving dramatically and this feeling of accomplishment helps them thrive when they return to their district school to continue their path toward earning a high school diploma. Keeping our students in school is our primary goal.

Categories: Dropout Prevention & Recovery
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