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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 Opened October 15, 2012!
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Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

Career-focused Education as a Statewide Mandate: Eight High Schools in South Carolina

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
3:30 - 4:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time

Our featured experts, Dr. Cathy Hammond and Ms. Cairen Withington, recently completed a five-year longitudinal study of this issue as it relates to Career and Technical Education and Programs of Study. The study was conducted through the NDPC, in collaboration with the University of Louisville, and funded by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education.

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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
Crowne Plaza Ravinia
Atlanta, GA

Sale of the Month

The High-Performance Workforce
and the At-Risk Student

The author, Patrick O’Connor, recognizes that the dropout situation impacts our economic challenges. O’Connor provides examples of successful approaches to meeting the educational needs of at-risk students so they can become part of the high-performance workforce.

Normally sold for $8 each, this book can be ordered this month for only $4. - Ordering Information
Congratulations to the Clemson University Reading Recovery Training Center, winner of the $10,000 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence! (Photo provided by The Riley Institute at Furman University)

Suggested Reading From Our NDPC Fellows
Guardian of Democracy: The Civic Mission of Schools provides a comprehensive look at the role civic learning plays in maintaining our democracy; examines the major problems confronting civic learning; shows six proven practices in effective civic learning; and provides recommendations for policymakers, educators, and all citizens.

Top Stories
Are bored students just stressed out? A published study links student boredom to feelings of stress. Even with a stimulating and engaging environment, students might have some internal emotion or frustration causing their boredom. "We know when people are stressed it makes it harder to focus and pay attention at a very basic, fundamental level," said John D. Eastwood, lead author of the research. (Education Week)

The College Readiness Indicator System initiative has developed a menu of signals and supports of students’ academic progress, tenacity, and college knowledge at the student, school, and district levels.

Sound Connections
Register to participate in a free Webinar - From Research to Action: Demonstrated One-to-One Solutions that Work. Participants will see examples from schools that have successfully implemented 1:1 technology, and will also learn to use key assessment and planning tools essential for successful implementation. Thurs., Nov. 8, 2:00 pm EST.

College and Career Readiness Webinar Series by National High School Center:
   The Complexity of College and Career Readiness (archived)
   College and Career Readiness and Linked Learning (archived)
   College and Career Readiness and Students with Disabilities (archived)

Free Webinar: Help for Struggling Middle School Readers. Learn how new techniques researched at the Universities of Iowa and Rochester have been implemented in Sioux Falls, SD. Thurs., Nov. 8, 2:00 pm EST. Register Now

Free Webinar: How do they make the new academic expectations understandable to parents? Wed. Nov. 7, 2:00 pm EST.

General Powell discusses college and career readiness with Tom Brokaw
(NBC News Education Nation)

Think College: A Documentary (ThinkCollege.net)

Policy Updates
Educators at Some High Schools Tout Benefits of 4-Day Week. School officials in districts across the country are moving to 3-day weekends in order to battle budget constraints. (eSchool News)

Restorative Practices: Discipline But Different Article from Ed Week outlining alternatives to suspension.

Finland Pioneers Successful Science-Based Bullying Prevention Program. Educators implemented an anti-bullying program that reduced victimization and improved student connectedness. (Education World)

Effective Strategies
Career and Technical Education
Middle-school students learn to live in the real world. In this project, students select career paths, cities to inhabit and other biographical data, and tackle questions related to jobs and pay. (The Greenville News, SC)

Building Blocks for Change: What it Means to be Career Ready explains that career readiness is a process of connecting "education and employment to achieve a fulfilling, financially-secure and successful career" and lays out next steps for policymakers, high school teachers, leaders, and counselors; business and industry; higher education; parents and students; and communities. (Career Readiness Partner Council)

High-school program connects academics to careers. Students enrolled in a new school in Wyoming will be placed in an academy focused on a career path, so academic lessons are taught with consideration of students' career interests. (Star-Tribune, Casper, WY)

This resource includes best practice articles, research reports, podcasts, Webinars, policy papers, and presentations that address strategies CTE programs have used to successfully improve high school graduation rates. (Assoc. for Career and Technical Education)

CTE: Making the Difference is a high-energy, 3-minute video highlighting the many ways CTE is working for America by improving high school graduation rates, lowering dropout rates, and increasing the number of students going on to college.

Professional Development
Implementing New Programs. All materials—guides, handouts, videos, etc.—for training are included free on this site. Other modules include:
   Professional Development,
   Leadership Teams and Quality Instruction,
   Using Data Effectively,
   Common Formative Assessments,
Instructional Expertise,
   Implementing New Programs, and
   Aligning Curriculum. (Success at the Core)

Seeing positives in challenging students can change lives. Brian Nichols was characterized by his second-grade teacher as having "something wrong" with him, and the label stuck until sixth grade, when Mrs. Kaufman saw his potential. "Almost always, to reach those students on a personal level, it's necessary to abandon negative perceptions and assumptions in favor of identifying student strengths and abilities to build on," she writes. (Educational Leadership)

A FAIR way to deciphering classroom behavior. Nancy Rappaport, a child psychiatrist, and Jessica Minahan, a behavior analyst and special educator, created a plan to decipher and change inappropriate classroom behaviors called FAIR: F is for understanding the function of the behavior, A is for accommodations, I is for interaction strategies, and R is for responses. (ASCD Educational Leadership)

Students with Disabilities
Project A.C.C.E.S.S. (Accelerated Career Counseling and Employment Support Services) is a school-based initiative designed to promote positive post-high-school outcomes among students with disabilities through collaboration between teachers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and parents. A wide variety of lesson plans are provided at this site.

Oregon Youth Transitions Program is building skills for better outcomes after high school.

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

Resources & Tools
Folktales—Online books, writing prompts, interviews with storytellers, etc.
ImageChef—Add free visual fun to student writing.
Schools offered free access to Microsoft Office.

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