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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 Closes December 7, 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.

Listen to the archived Webcast

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

Presentation Resources from NDPC/N Orlando Conference

Thanks to the good work of our partner, Marsha Studdard from the University of South Florida/FLDOE, the presentation resources can now be accessed online.

Sale of the Month

Linking Learning with Life Series

This series is composed of service learning guidebooks on a wide variety of topics for youth, educators, administrators, and community leaders. Normally sold for $7 per book, this month we are giving our patrons the option of buying as many as they wish for $3 each. (Please note that some books are in limited supply.)

Ordering Information

2012 Winners of the NDPN Crystal Star Awards of Excellence!

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network salutes the individual and program winners of the National Dropout Prevention Network’s Crystal Star Awards of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention, and Prevention.
Top Stories
A new report from Jobs For The Future examines the impacts of dual enrollment on college readiness and success.

The 2012 High School Dropouts in America survey, conducted by Harris/Decima on behalf of Everest College, lists reasons younger Americans drop out of high school. (America’s Promise Alliance)

Study: Adversity in childhood can leave its mark. Adversity in childhood -- often brought on by poverty and challenging home lives -- is likely to harm students' long-term learning and well-being, according to recent research. (EdWeek)

Developing and Assessing School Culture: A New Level of Accountability for Schools A Position Paper of the Character Education Partnership (CEP)

Sound Connections
Get to the Core: A Common Core Webinar Series (ASCD)
  • A Discussion of Effective Teaching Practices - Dec. 4, 3:00 EST
  • Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the CCSS, Part One: Linking Assessment with Content and Quality Instruction - Dec. 12, 3:00 EST
  • Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the CCSS, Part Two: Linking Feedback to Action to Make Formative Assessment Informative - Jan. 9, 3:00 EST
Common Core State Standards: Literacy and English-Language Learners. Webinar Dec. 4, 2:00 EST Sponsored by: Wireless Generation. (EdWeek Update)

Jay McTighe tells why he feels staff collaboration is imperative to understanding what students are learning. He explains that working together as a team allows teachers to come up with a better game plan to improve the learning experience. (ASCD Express)

Policy Updates
Pennsylvania school incorporates co-teaching, collaboration. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Weekly meetings among teachers paid off in Oregon District when they implemented a one-hour delayed start on Wednesdays to allow teachers to collaborate by going over student data, assessments, and other material. (The Oregonian)

Classroom Management: Suspension Prevention. Some schools are cutting down on suspensions and office referrals by bolstering training in classroom management. (EdWeek)

Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: United Kingdom (England). This paper concentrates on the growing importance England is placing on family and community engagement as a priority in early childhood education.

Effective Strategies
Systemic Renewal
Highly Effective Principals Raise Student Achievement. A new study found that the effect of highly effective principals on student achievement is equivalent to two to seven months of additional learning each school year, while ineffective principals negatively impact achievement by a comparable amount. (Huffington Post)

A Charleston middle school joins the growing number nationwide that uses PBIS strategies to teach students how to behave. (Ed Week)

The Whole Child Newsletter: The Way We Do School Improvement. The latest issue of The Whole Child Newsletter zeroes in on school culture–What is school culture, how does it affect each student and educator, and how can it be shaped to support school improvement?

Forum - Capitol Hill Release of AYPF Report: Beyond the Numbers: Data Use for Continuous Improvement of Programs Serving Disconnected Youth. Friday, Dec. 7, 12:00-1:30 EST

Download or order free printed copies of YSA's brand new YOUth Changing the World Project Planning Toolkit. This resource takes you step-by-step through planning your service project.

Educators learn about YSA's Semester of Service, a 12- to 14-week program of service-learning that includes Global Youth Service Day. YSA offers free teacher guides and resources to assist in planning.

A new ECS report about the National Center for Learning and Citizenship's Schools of Success program: The Quality of Service-Learning Matters. (ECS e-Connection)

Random Kid provides service-learning resources to youth so they can develop, manage and accomplish their altruistic goals. (Education World Administrator’s Desk Newsletter)

National Service-Learning Conference: March 13-15, 2013, Denver, Colorado.

Early Childhood
High-Quality Early Learning: A Key to Reducing Future Crime in Washington. (Education Commission of the States)

Long-term Effects of an Early Childhood Intervention on Educational Achievement and Juvenile Arrest: A 15-Year Follow-up of Low-Income Children in Public Schools.

Early Childhood Education: A Call to Action from the Business Community.

Kindergarten prep begins at birth in Missouri district where parents are encouraged to participate in a voluntary program in which students are screened for potential learning difficulties before they enroll in kindergarten. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Students with Disabilities
Club creates social opportunities for students with disabilities The Friendship Group -- a club in Bonner Springs, Kansas, brings student athletes and students with disabilities together each week to offer students with social, behavioral or emotional disorders an opportunity to practice communication skills and make new friends.

Devices may help better diagnose, understand autism. Two tools in development at Georgia Tech's Center for Behavior Imaging are aimed at helping people better diagnose and understand autism. (EdWeek)

Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners and Students with Learning Disabilities. Researcher, John Carr, shares six strategies he says "hold promise to work for the diversity of students in a general education classroom and form a cohesive practice." He walks readers through a scenario in which a classroom teacher utilizes all six. (ASCD SmartBrief)

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

Resources & Tools
   · Ten of the best Android apps for education
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   · 9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again
   · 12 Mobile Learning Science Applications for the iPod Touch Scout Report
   · Education Research: How to Judge Quality
   · Watch Master Teachers in Action for Free
   · Teaching Teachers: 100 Best Resources for Educators
   · 17 Surefire Tips for Substitute Teachers
   · 50 Best Teaching Blogs You Aren’t Reading Yet

Webinars available on demand from Schoolwires
   · Going Global: Preparing Students to Be Citizens of the World
   · Flipped Learning: What It Means for District Administrators
   · Challenges and Best Practices in K-12 Educational Technology
   · How Entry Plans Can Pave the Way to Effective Communications
   · Why 1:1 Learning?
   · E-Rate Funding for District and School Web Solutions
   · Flipped Classroom: Change the Process to Transform the Learning

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