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Alliance Book Club: How Out-of-School Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates


Charles Mojkowski, Educational Consultant (@ChazMojkowski)
Elliot Washor, Cofounder and Codirector, Big Picture Learning(@Elliot_Washor)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education (@BobWise48)

As the weather heats up and the summer months draw near, people everywhere are on the hunt for summer reading material. To help in this search—while also engaging LeavingToLearnCover_0individuals in a robust discussion on education policy—the Alliance for Excellent Education is proud to announce its summer Alliance Book Club webinar series (#All4edBook).

The debut book club selection is Leaving to Learn: How Out-of-School Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates, written by Elliot Washor and Charles Mojkowski. In Leaving to Learn, Washor and Mojkowski argue that efforts to stem the dropout crisis and engage all young people in deep and productive learning will continue to fall short unless educators address the problem of student disengagement.

During the webinar, Washor and Mojkowski explored alternative approaches that provide many experiences in which all students do some of their learning outside of school as a formal part of their program of study. Alliance President Bob Wise moderated the discussion.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit

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