Title IX is a federal law that prohibits federally funded educational institutions-- from elementary to university level-- from discriminating against students or employees based on sex. Title IX is best known for its application to female athletes, but Title IX also applies to pregnant and parenting students. It prohibits discrimination against them and protects their right to an education equal to their peers. Yet, fifty years after the passage of Title IX, 50% of pregnant and parenting students do not complete high school. This is largely because educational barriers push pregnant and parenting students out of school, and schools directly violate Title IX. What if those educational barriers exist at your school? What if your school is in direct violation of this federal law? Wouldn't you want to know? Helping Teen Moms Graduate will help ensure your school is in compliance and help you learn practical strategies to decrease the 50% high school pushout rate for this student population.
Christine M. Stroble, PhD, is an educator and researcher whose area of focus is improving education for pregnant and parenting students. She is also the founder of Teen Moms Anonymous, a support group and recovery program for teen moms who are trauma survivors.
Chapter 1 Don’t Judge
Chapter 2 Enforce the Law
Chapter 3 Support from Home Matters
Chapter 4 Support from School Matters
Chapter 5 Support from the Community Matters
Chapter 6 A Message to Teen Moms
About the Author
Written with a great deal of grace and insights, Helping Teen Moms Graduate provides rich narratives and helpful strategies for educators of teen mothers. This is a useful text and it should be explored without judgement, but instead, with care and openness. It helps to address a lesser explored issue in secondary education.
Becoming pregnant or a parent does not need to derail a student’s education. Helping Teen Moms Graduate expertly highlights the unique barriers and discrimination pregnant and parenting teens face without further stigmatizing this population. By centering their voices, Dr. Stroble provides a much-needed roadmap for advocates, teachers, and other trusted community members to help pregnant and parenting teens thrive in school.
In order to help teen moms graduate, we don’t need more statistics and simplistic how-to guides or checklists; we need to listen to the voices and experiences of teen moms themselves. Dr. Stroble does an expert job of elevating the voices of teen moms woven between statistics, evidence-based programs, and real solutions to helping teen moms graduate. If you really want to know how to support a teen mom, you’ve got the right book in your hands and I suggest you start with her first suggestion: Don’t Judge.