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You are invited to attend the 2013 Best Practices Forum on Dropout Prevention, “Connecting in a High Speed World: Preparing for Graduation and Beyond,” to be held Sunday, April 14, 2013, through Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, Kansas City, Missouri.
This year's Forum is designed to enhance the leadership skills of all adults who are seeking to strengthen interventions among school, community, and families, especially to assist those in at-risk situations.
During the Forum, innovative, skilled presenters who have excellent ideas, proven programs, and evidence-based research will share in the areas of (1) preventing and recovering dropouts, (2) preventing truancy and improving attendance, (3) engaging students, (4) positively developing youth, (5) engaging family and the community, (6) instructing students, (7) applying quality data, (8) preparing for college and career, (9) securing funding and resources, and (10) shaping school climate.
Karen has made a career of starting organizations and initiatives that promote youth development–including the Forum for Youth Investment, which she co-founded with Merita Irby in 1998. A sociologist and recognized leader in youth development, Karen started her career at the Urban Institute, conducting studies on social services for children and families. She later moved to the Children’s Defense Fund, launching its adolescent pregnancy prevention initiatives and helping to create its adolescent policy agenda. In 1990 she became a vice president at the Academy for Educational Development, where she founded and directed the Center for Youth Development and Policy Research and its spin-off, the National Training Institute for Community Youth Work. Read On
Since 2005, Jodi Grant has been Executive Director of the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children and youth have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. The Afterschool Alliance seeks to educate the public, the media, and policymakers about the enormous potential of quality afterschool programs and how programs across the country are inspiring children and creating opportunities for them to succeed academically, socially, and professionally. Read On
Pellom McDaniels III, Ph.D., is the Faculty Curator of African American Collections and Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Specializing in African American history, biography, sports and masculinities studies, Dr. McDaniels has co-curated a number of exhibitions, including “The Mind of Carter G. Woodson as Reflected in the Books He Owned, Read and Published” (2006), “They Came to Fight: African Americans and the Great World War” (2008), and “Like A Purple Haze Across the Land: The Art of Benny Andrews” (2012). Dr. McDaniels published works on Carter G. Woodson, the Negro Leagues, and African American artists Hale Woodruff, Kadir Nelson, and Benny Andrews representing the diversity of his scholarly interests and abilities. Read On
If you would like to register to Exhibit at the 2013 Best Practices Forum on Dropout Prevention please complete the attached Forum Exhibit Application and fax to John Peters at 864-656-0136. Please send application form by March 22, 2013.
The 2013 Best Practices Forum on Dropout Prevention is inviting innovative, skilled presenters who have excellent ideas, proven programs, and research to share in the areas of (1) preventing and recovering dropouts, (2) preventing truancy and improving attendance, (3) engaging students, (4) positively developing youth, (5) engaging family and the community, (6) instructing students, (7) applying quality data, (8) preparing for college and career, (9) securing funding resources, and (10) shaping school climate. The deadline for submission is Sunday, February 17, 2013. You may Submit a Proposal via the links on this page. If you have any questions or problems submitting your proposal, please contact John Gailer via phone: 864-656-2675 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be happy to help you through the submission process.
The 2013 Best Practices Forum on Dropout Prevention is sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network in partnership with Camp Fire USA, Communities In Schools of Kansas, Communities In Schools of Nebraska, CVS Caremark, Iowa Department of Education, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, Kansas Consortium for Youth Voice, Kansas Enrichment Network, Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas State University, Missouri AfterSchool Network, Missouri Dpartment of Education, Nebraska Child and Families Foundation, and the University of Kansas.