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24th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

October 14-17, 2012, Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida.  Please mark your calendars! The National Dropout Prevention Network, in partnership with The Florida Department of Education, invites you to the 24th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference, Ignite the Potential Within; Connect, Inspire, Graduate!

Conference Information and Registration

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

Expecting Success From Pregnant and Parenting Students: The Law and Promising Practices

Thursday, October 18, 2012
3:30 - 4:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time
Our featured expert, Lara S. Kaufmann, is Senior Counsel and Director of Education Policy for At-Risk Students at the National Women’s Law Center.

Listen to the Radio Webcast

25th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM

Investing for a Lifetime: Education is Economic Development

February 17-20, 2013
Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation
Myrtle Beach, SC
Call for Proposals Opens October 15, 2012!

2013 Best Practices Forum on Dropout Prevention

April 14-17, 2013
InterContinental Hotel
Kansas City, MO
Call for Proposals Opens December 10, 2012!

25th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

November 3-6, 2013
Plaza Ravinia
Atlanta, Georgia




Sale of the Month

A Training Guide for Mentors by Jay Smink

This guidebook provides coordinators with the content that should be included in a comprehensive training program for mentors. It has also been designed to be a reference book for mentors in training (1999).

Normally sold for $18 each, these books can be ordered this month for only $10. - Ordering Information
Suggested Reading From Our NDPC Fellows
Relationship Between Social Context, Self-Efficacy, Motivation, Academic Achievement, and Intention to Drop Out of High School: A Longitudinal Study by F. Alivernini and F. Lucidi (The Journal of Educational Research)

By means of a longitudinal design, the authors sought to determine the role of students’ self-determined motivation in reducing the intention to drop out of high school over time, while taking into account the impact of academic performance and of socioeconomic status. The effects of students’ self-efficacy and perceived support from parents and teachers were examined.


Top Stories
Guiding principals
A new report from the National Association of Elementary School Principals looks at the emerging policy focus of principal accountability. The framework includes six key domains of leadership responsibility that fall within a principal's sphere of influence as well as a comprehensive evaluation system created by and for principals that includes systemic support and has flexibility, relevance, accuracy, stability, and reliability along with fairness and utility. (Pen Weekly)

This edition of the NMC Horizon Report series discusses the top emerging technologies, trends, and challenges it is believed will have a major impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in pre-college education over the next five years. (New Media Consortium)


Sound Connections
UTILIZING THE VILLAGE: Using Early Warning Indicators and Interventions to Help Rural Students Succeed in School. This webinar is the second in a series on rural dropout prevention and recovery sponsored by the DOE. Dr. Robert Balfanz will discuss the unique needs of rural communities in setting up Early Warning Systems to identify students who may fall off-track for promotion or graduation. Oct. 12 from 1:30 to 3:00 EDT

This is Mike Van Keulen of NYLC. He talks about State Farm funded Project Ignition and grant opportunities for students!

Webinar: Part 1 Strengthening Citywide After-School Opportunities—All About Intermediaries: New Insights New Tools. Register for Part 3 which will air at 1:00 EDT on October 11. (The Wallace Foundation)

ASCD has excellent webinars archived on its site.

Register now for the webinar, Differentiation: Moving Away From One Size Fits All, to air on Oct. 16 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. (Ed Week)


Policy Updates
Schools Open Doors to New E-Learning Rules. The world of virtual schooling is experiencing a host of major policy shifts that are opening doors for its expansion, but at the same time holding it up to greater scrutiny. This special report, the first in a three-part 2012-2013 series on virtual education, examines how state policymakers, educators, and schools are rethinking and changing the rules for e-learning. (Ed Week)

13 States Adopt 3rd Grade Reading Policies, but Details Vary
In 2012, 13 states passed legislation intended to identify, intervene, and/or retain students who struggle to demonstrate reading proficiency by the end of 3rd grade, according to an analysis by ECS. (Education Commission of the States)


International
Free School Reforms in Sweden Boost Quality, Innovation, Choice. (EdWeek Update)


Effective Strategies
Individualized Instruction and Active Learning
The Education Alliance at Brown University, on its Teaching Diverse Learners Web site, explores seven characteristics of culturally responsive teaching. (Success at the Core)

10 tips for better Project-Based Learning (ASCD Edge)

Links to Rubrics for Assessments (Ed World)

Personalized Learning and Addressing Barriers to Learning (UCLA Center for Mental Health)

Ways to Include Students in the Formative Assessment Process (Ed Week)


School-Community Collaboration
What Makes a Successful Partnership? Strong community partnerships and strong professional learning communities share a number of important characteristics. (Ed Week)

RTI and Classroom and Schoolwide Learning Supports (Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA)


Mentoring/Tutoring
The third annual National Mentoring Summit will be held January 24-25, 2013, at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, Washington, DC. Registration

Chronicle for Evidence-Based Mentoring is an online resource for the field of youth mentoring.


Family Engagement
Search Institute report introduces a new framework of family assets. The American Family Assets Study introduces a new framework of Family Assets—relationships, interactions, opportunities, and values that help families thrive. These assets are associated with positive outcomes for young teens and their parenting adults.


Students with Disabilities
GAO: Transition for Students with Disabilities Can, Must Improve. You can read the full report: STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Better Federal Coordination Could Lessen Challenges in the Transition from High School. (Education Week)

Reaching and Teaching Autistic Students. Autism Spectrum Disorders are the fastest-growing category of childhood disabilities. Explore NEA resources that can help. (Ed World)


Funding
Funding sources are available on the NDPC/N Web site.


Resources & Tools
National School Climate Center. Visitors will find high-quality, research-based information, including national school climate standards that spell out best practices. Also check out their Resources section. (Ed World)

Rubrics for Assessment Providing students with a rubric in advance of creative, open-ended projects helps to clarify expectations. (Ed World)

Pilot program aimed at easing transition for rising sixth-graders. (ASCD SmartBrief)

Building resiliency in struggling students. (ASCD SmartBrief)

How to develop positive relationships with students. (Middle Web Smartbrief)

A successful mentoring program that is making a difference for African-American male high school students in New Jersey. (The Boys’ Initiative)

The National Youth Leadership Council has an extensive, searchable library of articles, project examples, and downloadable tools related to service-learning.

Afterschool Toolkit: Business to Community and Afterschool Toolkit: Community to Business (Corporate Voices for Working Families)

Larry Ferlazzo, an award-winning teacher and author, shares proven methods of Classroom Management, Student Motivation, Instructional Strategies, Parent Engagement in Schools, Education Policy Issues, Assessment, Technology, Relationships and Getting A Teaching Job. (Ed Week)

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day

Privacy Policies: Must-Have for School Web Sites

Yearlong Themes: Principals Use Them to Build Spirit, Achievement

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month (PreventionEd)

Great Free Web Sites for Teaching Election 2012 (New York Times)



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