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

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

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