Published Online: January 11, 2005
Published in Print: January 12, 2005, as Middle Managers: One District’s Success Story

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Middle Managers: One District’s Success Story

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To the Editor:

In response to Diana Nelson’s Commentary "Middle Mismanagement" (Nov. 24, 2004): The Las Cruces, N.M., school district has recently initiated a dropout-prevention program using middle managers as the key ingredient. District high schools identify their students most at risk of failure, and middle-level (as well as some higher-level) district managers volunteer to mentor one of these students through school.

The program is designed with attention both to mentoring research and to research on at-risk youths and volunteer programs. The payoffs are multiple: Schools get to see middle managers work with their most challenging students; middle managers get to revisit their background in direct service; and students benefit from both the relationships with the mentors and the connections the mentors have with the system.

Mary Darling
Las Cruces, N.M.

Vol. 24, Issue 18, Page 33

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