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24th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM: Connecting the Dots of Collaboration

Feb. 19 - 22, 2012, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC Sponsored by: The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and our satellite center, the Urban Initiative at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
In Partnership with: Communities In Schools of North Carolina, Inc. and the UNCW Watson School of Education Dropout Prevention Coalition. Conference Registration & Information

January Book Sale

Dropout prevention starts with early childhood education. This package of three early childhood education books is just $15!  Order Today
Effective Strategies Publications Series.
· Family Literacy Strategies: First Steps to Academic Success
· Early Literacy Education: First Steps Toward Dropout Prevention
· On-Site Technical Assistance: How to Increase the Knowledge and Skills of Child-Care   Professionals

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis Radio Webcast
School Climate: Why Is It Important?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 3:30 - 4:30 pm Eastern Time Our guest is Terry Pickeral, a senior consultant to the National Center for School Climate, the co-chair of the National School Climate Center, and a senior educational consultant with Special Olympics Project UNIFY. Participants will be exploring the importance of school climate in dropout prevention and school improvement.
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Developing POS via a Statewide Career-Focused Reform Policy

This report from the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education involved researchers from the NDPC, Clemson University, and the University of Louisville.

2012 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities

April 15 - 18, 2012, Sheraton Crescent Hotel, Phoenix, AZ Learn the latest strategies and information on dropout prevention that are focused on native and tribal students. Hold the date.

Executive Director Search

Clemson University’s College of Health, Education and Human Development and the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network are seeking a highly accomplished, dynamic leader to serve as executive director. Read the announcement at
Top Stories
According to a report by the Center on Education Policy, more than 43,000 schools, or 48%, did not meet adequate yearly progress standards this year.

Two new reports analyze the value of dual enrollment and advanced placement: High School Dual Enrollment Programs: Are We Fast-Tracking Students Too Fast? and Determinants of Students' Success: The Role of Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Programs

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Middle Grades Commission has published a new report discussing the need for middle grades schools to have a new mission: To prepare more students for success in rigorous high school courses and, ultimately, for most students to graduate and proceed to college or technical training: A New Mission for the Middle Grades

A new study of Florida schools, The Impact of Alternative Grade Configurations on Student Outcomes through Middle and High School, found that students moving from elementary to middle school suffer a sharp drop in student achievement which persists through 10th grade and that middle school entry increases student absences and is associated with higher grade 10 dropout rates.

Sound Connections
Listen to the archived Solutions to the Dropout Crisis webcast on alternative education with Chet Edwards and Drew Hinds.

Funding Sources
· National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award
· Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation: Christopher Columbus Awards
· LEGO: Children's Fund Grants
· After School Advantage Grants
· The Fund for Teachers - Deadlines vary by state
· Ben & Jerry's Foundation: Grassroots Grant Program
· Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation: Grants to Help Inner-City Educators
· $25K and technology tools for outstanding educators
· Fifty scholarships available for youth to attend Grad Nation Summit - Jan. 13
· The Captain Planet Foundation - Jan. 15
· Sodexo Youth Grants - Jan. 17
· AmeriCorps Grants - Jan. 18
· C-SPAN StudentCam - Jan. 20
· 12 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards of $10,000 each - Jan. 31
· The Big Read funds 75 grants up to $20,000 for schools, libraries, nonprofits - Feb. 1
· The Earthwatch Inst. fellowships — hands-on learning w/leading scientists - Feb. 13
· Luther I. Replogle Foundation: Grants for Youth Services Costas Awards - Feb. 15
· Ezra Jack Keats Minigrants - March 15

Policy Updates
A new study from the Schott Foundation for Public Education, 2020 Vision Roadmap: A Pre-K Through Postsecondary Blueprint, is a comprehensive package of policy reforms to increase the quantity of students who succeed at every stage of the educational pipeline.

ASCD's Policy Priorities Newsletter explores how policy lags behind social media adoption and what that means for today's students. Can Social Media and School Policies be "Friends"?

U.S. DOE releases Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies.

Global Education Digest: Comparing Educational Statistics Around the World examines current issues in secondary education globally, using data and indicators from the school year ending in 2009.

Effective Strategies
School-Community Collaboration
The Academic Development Institute/Center on Innovation & Improvement has released The Handbook on Family and Community Engagement and the fall/winter issue of The School Community Journal.

A new guide from Public Agenda, What's Trust Got To Do With It? A Communications and Engagement Guide for School Leaders Tackling the Problem of Persistently Failing Schools, seeks to help school leaders and reformers in understanding and anticipating negative community reactions to bold school turnaround proposals.

Community Schools strategy made easy. The Coalition for Community Schools has released an interactive web-based tool to help school and community leaders understand the community school strategy and learn about building a system of community schools.

Family Engagement
This new report from the Center at UCLA, Enhancing Home Involvement to Address Barriers to Learning: A Collaborative Process, highlights the necessity of enhancing the range of ways in which schools connect with primary caretakers, particularly those who are reluctant to engage with the school.

Fun Nights Teach Parents How to Teach Kids. To increase parent involvement, one school launched a series of Fun Nights to familiarize parents with the curriculum and pass on instructional strategies.

School's "Parent University" Graduates Active Parents. Rather than lamenting the lack of parent involvement, one principal offered parents a "degree" in how to become active in their children's education.

Academic Parent-Teacher Teams at Creighton Elementary School District in Phoenix, AZ, shares how its Academic Parent-Teacher Teams have resulted in higher scores in reading fluency and increased parental attendance.

Education World has put together a Parent Communication e-Book from The Organized Classroom Blog that offers successful ideas from teachers across the country.

January is National Mentoring Month. Go the the National Mentoring Month page to find sources on actively participating in the month's activities.

First in NDPC’s new professional development DVD series is The Positive Effects of Mentoring developed in partnership with MENTOR. This DVD includes a ten session in-service program which provides participants with a comprehensive introduction to mentoring along with an in-depth look at the essential components of an effective mentoring program. Also included are resource materials that participants can use to implement or improve a mentoring program in their school or community.

A good source of free webinar materials from starting a mentoring program to administering a mentoring program are found on the National Mentoring Partnership Web site.

Is Your School Doing "Real" Youth Mentoring? Positive results depend on program quality. EducationWorld cites the top five ways school-based mentoring problems often fall short of the mark. Also included are suggestions for how program coordinators can avoid these pitfalls.

Students with Disabilities
Education Commission of the States has put together a compilation of states that are requiring new types of training for educators working with children who have autism, providing fresh sources of funding for private school vouchers for these students, and undertaking new studies to try to address the needs of children with autism.

Resources & Tools
Index to Sample Proposals lists many sample grants that have won money in the past few years.
The Magic of Whole School Reading. How Manhattan's School of the Future got it right.
Bullying and Cyberbullying: Six Things Teachers Can Do. Hear from one of NDPC's authors, Franklin Schargel, about the role that school staff play in reducing student bullying.

The National Dropout Prevention Center on Facebook.