Experienced educator Louise Losos currently serves as Director of Curriculum at Confluence Academy Schools, a struggling school district in the St. Louis, Missouri, area. A former high school principal, Louise Losos is dedicated to helping at-risk students succeed academically.

According to data from the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, the United States ranks 14th in science, 17th in reading, and 25th in mathematics worldwide. For many experts, poor academic performance lies not necessarily in student motivation, but rather in a lack of research. In order to achieve educational success, teachers and administrators must be given the necessary tools to identify at-risk students and ways to adjust instruction methods accordingly.

Research conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shows that while one-on-one student instruction is the highest in the United States, the country has the highest rate of impoverished students (38 percent). Much of the problem lies in educational resources in low-income areas. In addition to giving schools in these areas access to better resources, other methods can be implemented to help at-risk students succeed. These include childhood education, success-based bonuses for teachers and students, and a reduction of class size.