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10 | KNOW • Volume 14 Issue 2 By Sue Evans Community school model delivers big gains for students Twenty years ago, Dr. Lateshia Woodley graduated from the McClarin Success Academy as a teen parent. Now as McClarin’s principal, she’s reinventing it. The alternative high school works year-round with 300 students, ages 14 to 21. McClarin might be their last chance to graduate from high school. Most of the students face enormous learning barriers, including homelessness. Mental-health issues compound the stress of living in poverty. Students, sometimes victims of violence, are often primary breadwinners of their households; parenting siblings and their own children, all while trying to graduate from high school. The odds and realities of life are stacked against them. For many, safe housing, food and basic health care are luxuries. “They are angry and feel hopeless. They selfmedicate for pain that’s coming from living in extreme poverty,” said Woodley. McClarin has adopted a new intervention model, known for delivering big gains in communities such as Austin, Boston, Chicago and Minneapolis. It’s a proven approach that has They are angry and feel hopeless. They self-medicate for pain that’s coming from living in extreme poverty


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