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Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary

On Monday, October 26, 2011, the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University will officially celebrate its 25th anniversary. Over the past 25 years, NDPC has provided conferences, forums, customized seminars, webcasts, on-site assistance, publications, major research reports, and model programs for countless education entities across the globe.  Thank you for being a part of our family!
23rd Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference
October 9 - 12, 2011 | Schaumburg, Illinois
Designed to enhance the leadership skills of all adults who are seeking to strengthen interventions among schools, communities, and families especially those in at-risk situations. Registration Information

NDPC's February Conference: Educational Strategies & Student Engagement Institute

Complete the Journey: Paving a Path to Success
November 7-10, 2011 | St. Petersburg, Florida
A combined effort of four formerly separate conferences: Effective Strategies in Dropout Prevention, School Attendance Symposium, Juvenile Justice Education Institute, and Fall Leadership for Volunteer/Community Outreach Programs.

Reentry Programs for Out-of-School Youth with Disabilities

Due to the increased interest in recovering youth with disabilities who have dropped out of school, the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities have created a three part series of reports.

Dropout Prevention Services and Programs in Public School Districts: 2010–11

This report from the National Center for Education Statistics provides national estimates about dropout prevention services and programs in public school districts.

Dr. Roy Jones

Oxford American has named Dr. Roy Jones, the first full-time director of the Clemson University Call Me MISTER program, as one of the Most Creative Teachers in the South. Jones prepares his students—many who come from broken homes or low-performance schools—for both state-mandated tests and classroom leadership.

Commonalities of Georgia's Successful Middle Schools

The report identifies characteristics common to 12 middle schools in Georgia that are witnessing great success in preparing their students for future academic and work challenges.

How Parental Involvement Affects Student Achievement

The Study by the Center for Public Education found parental involvement programs that engaged families in supporting their children's learning at home were linked to higher student achievement. The brief also recommends actions school boards can take to cultivate various types of parental involvement.
Sound Connections
In October, we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the National Dropout Prevention Center on our monthly webcast. Join us as we look at the 15 Effective Strategies that should be part of every comprehensive dropout prevention plan! Tuesday, October 25 at 3:30 pm ET.

Join experts in a free webinar by the National Youth Leadership Council on Thursday, October 20, 3:00 p.m.(CT) for an opportunity to familiarize yourself with some very comprehensive resources and programs in the service-learning field.

Media Spotlight
Success at the Core offers quality material they have developed and field-tested to help "leadership teams and teachers elevate classroom instruction and improve student outcomes." There are seven leadership team development modules and 24 teacher instructional (47 documentary-quality videos). Register and view/use the videos and materials for free.

Eric Mazur, Professor, Harvard University, discusses the "Myth of the Lecture" in his video and proposes a "new" approach where the classroom becomes a place where students can assimilate information with the instructor being the "guide on the side." (Allow a minute or so to load up.)

Funding Sources
· PepsiCo Foundation
· Kids In Need Foundation
· Lowe's: Toolbox for Education Grants - Oct. 14
· AGI: A World of Change in My Community Earth Science Week Photography Contest - Oct. 14
· U.S. Government: Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange - Oct. 15
· NEA Foundation: Learning & Leadership Grants - Oct. 15
· United Health: HEROES Grant - Oct. 17
· IRA: Teachers as Researchers Grant - Nov. 1
· NSTA: Awards for Excellence in Inquiry-based Science Teaching - Oct. 17, Nov. 30, Dec. 1
· iOMe: Ask Me About My Future Challenge - Oct. 31, Nov. 21
· Prudential: Spirit of Community - Nov. 1
· FFVF: Leavey Awards for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education - Nov. 1
· NCTM: Mathematics Course Work Scholarships - Nov. 11
· The National Youth Leadership Council: Project Ignition Grants - Nov. 15
· International Reading Association: Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant - Nov. 15

Policy Updates
Nevada has begun a pilot program that allows schools to place priority on student improvement over a period of time rather than on whether students are meeting certain grade-level expectations. State education officials are aiming to use the Nevada Growth Model to replace federal No Child Left Behind benchmarks, which do not take student growth into account.

Linking Student Data to Teachers is a complex task. At a recent conference, representatives from the state education departments in New York and Louisiana presented two very different systems for linking teachers and students for data collection.

As schools across the nation implement the common core state standards in English language arts and math, a team of 36 science and education experts led by Achieve, an education nonprofit that partnered with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers on the reading and math standards, is developing next-generation science standards they expect to release by fall 2012.

The Chicago City Council approved a resolution supporting a plan to move to longer school days for public school students this year. Four schools across the city so far have agreed to extend their school day, accepting financial incentives for their schools and teachers.

International Notes
Why are Finland's schools so successful?

Effective Strategies
An ASCD article describes how educators at Fort Stockton Middle School in Texas adopted a math intervention program to help close the achievement gap for students who, in some cases, were years behind in the subject.

According to a Washington Post article, bullying in high school is not just a problem of individual torment, bullying is linked to lower academic achievement across the school. Research that investigated student behavior in nearly 300 high schools in Virginia supports findings on the longterm effects of bullying on elementary school students, according to Marlene Snyder of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program based at Clemson University.

A new brief by New Alliance calls for assessments that measure deeper learning.

The UCLA Center's Special Edition: Enhancing Classroom Climate for All Students indicates school climate requires a special look with respect to students who are struggling academically, misbehaving, and having conflicts with school staff and peers.

Edutopia consulting online editor Rebecca Alber of Stanford University offers 20 tips for educators on creating a safe and positive learning environment for students.

Journalist and author Alina Tugend writes that mistakes are an important part of classroom learning. She offers suggestions to help students become more resilient and motivated learners.

Research shows that children are more likely to succeed academically if their families are involved in their education. Check out these activities and tips for making it happen.

An essay by John Eggers discusses effective strategies to increase the graduation rate of the Native American population.

Students with Disabilities
Dyslexia Advocate: How Parents and Students Can Cope: In part 2 of Education World's interview with Sonya Bridges of A Family Affair Foundation, learn what parents and students can do to address dyslexia.

Reaching Students With Special Needs Through E-Learning. More virtual education opportunities are now available to help meet the academic needs of children with cognitive or physical disabilities, those learning English, gifted and talented students, and those at risk of academic failure. This webinar is available until March of 2012.

Resources & Tools
Edutopia research analyst Vanessa Vega suggests several Web sites where educators can collaborate and share curriculum resources. Sites such as and Digital Is allow teachers to network.

Free cyber bullying toolkit from Common Sense Media.

Tikatok has a new, free, 9-part series of monthly writing activities and project ideas for writing across the curriculum for K-8.

Edutopia's Suzie Boss lists 20 projects to engage students in learning, including programs that promote empathy and service-learning.