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On Land and in the Bay, Innovation Tackles Truancy

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Get Out and Learn, a program at Downtown High School, and a 2011 Catalyst Fund grantee, is featured in an article in the Bay Area section of the New York Times. The article discusses the reduction of truancy in the San Francisco Unified School District that is due in part to programs like Get Out and Learn.

According to the article, “For decades, teachers and school districts have battled truancy, struggling to engage students who cope with economic hardship, community strife, domestic violence and drug abuse. Some students avoid school because they are not interested or because they are being bullied. But since 2008, in part because of programs like those at Downtown, the San Francisco district’s chronic truancy has dropped by 31 percent.” Get Out and Learn uses outdoor adventure and project-based education to engage,motivate and educate students who would otherwise not be attending school or participating in their own academic development.

Read the article here: Get Out and Learn.

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