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Inauguration of the NDPC Fellows Program

The goal of the NDPC Fellows is to contribute to the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University and the National Dropout Prevention Network to assist in achieving their mission to increase the high school graduation rates through research and evidence-based solutions. Read the Announcement

24th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

October 14-17, 2012. Rosen Plaza Hotel Orlando, Florida.  Please mark your calendars! The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, in partnership with The Florida Department of Education, invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 24th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference, Ignite the Potential Within; Connect, Inspire, Graduate! Proposals are being accepted through June 29th.
Conference Information and Registration

2012 Crystal Star Award Nominations

The purpose of the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) Crystal Star Awards of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention and Prevention is to identify and bring national recognition to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the mission of the NDPN. Nominations deadline is June 30th. Award Information and Nomination Forms

Sale of the Month

Creating a Sense of Place and Belonging: How to Meet the Emotional Needs of K-12 Students  (2004) by Dolores A. Stegelin and Beatrice Bailey. ES0402. ISBN 1-933072-01-6. This publication presents the case for properly serving the emotional needs of students by creating a sense of place and belonging for our diverse student population. The authors provide specific concrete strategies that serve to emotionally anchor students within the classroom setting. Ordering Information

Call Me MISTER program to expand into Mississippi

The successful and nationally recognized Call Me MISTER program, established at Clemson University in 2000 to increase the number of African-American males teaching in K-12 schools, will collaborate with Jackson State University and NDPC to increase the diversity of available teachers in Mississippi. This collaboration will be funded by a $200,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich. Press Release

Board Member Interviews

Each week, meet new featured Board members
Dr. Bob Collins, Chief Academic Officer for Mango Learning and President of CareerTechEducation Associates

Information about other featured board members can be accessed here.
Top Stories
This report shows up to 7.5 million students miss a month of school each year. Chronic absenteeism in American schools is a largely unnoticed and unmeasured problem affecting the educational outcomes of millions of students and undermining critical school improvement efforts. (Johns Hopkins University)

Sound Connections
Attend A Web Meeting on College and Career Readiness and Linked Learning on Tuesday, June 12, at 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (ET) Note: Registration closes after June 8. (Alliance for Excellent Education and the National High School Center)
How Secondary School Principals Can Master the Common Core (eSchool News)
Alliance Senior Fellow Robert Rothman Highlights Common Core in Educational Leadership (Alliance for Excellent Education)

Ali Carr-Chellman: Gaming to Re-engage Boys in Learning Are Boys are out of synch with the culture of schools today? (Ted Talks)

Policy Updates
Education Reform for the Digital Era We can be smarter about taking high-quality online and blended schools to scale—and to educational success. This article addresses such thorny policy issues as quality control, staffing, funding, and governance for the digital sector. (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Do "zero tolerance" school discipline policies go too far? Critics say zero-tolerance policies and mandatory suspensions have resulted in students losing class time for relatively minor infractions. Now, many districts are looking for better ways to discipline. (The Hechinger Report)
Is different training needed for early-grade teachers? Laura A. Bornfreund’s report, “Getting in Sync Revamping Licensing and Preparation for Teachers in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and the Early Grades” explores the necessity for change. (Ed Week)

Effective Strategies
Professional Development
Seven more ways to go from on-task to engaged. "Increasing time on task is pointless if the tasks themselves are not productive," reiterates professional development director and author Bryan Harris, who encourages colleagues to seek student opinions by asking questions that don't have right or wrong answers and suggests using celebrations to emphasize, "if it's worth learning, it's worth celebrating." (ASCD)
What makes classroom lessons engaging for students? The thoughts of 220 eighth-grade students on what makes a lesson engaging are summarized in this blog post by veteran teacher, Heather Wolpert-Gawron. (Edutopia)
Six accomplishments of project-based learning teachers. Teachers who teach project-based learning have at least six unique accomplishments in common, writes Andrew Miller. Among them, PBL teachers collaborate with peers, empower students, create engaging learning environments and projects that are student-centered. (Edutopia)
Reinventing education to teach creativity and entrepreneurship. The focus of teaching and learning in schools should move away from a "stand and deliver" approach to embrace the goal of teaching students to become leaders and problem-solvers. (FastCoExist))

Alternative Schooling
Freshman Learning Community – A Successful Model That Puts Competency-Based Grading into Action (iNACOL)
Can culturally responsive teaching build bonds with students? Culturally responsive teaching has helped Minnesota speech-language pathologist Sarah Skahan connect with her elementary school students through a deeper understanding of each child's culture. (ASCD) 
Forum Brief - Building a Comprehensive System to Support All Students Getting to High School Graduation and Beyond. This brief summarizes AYPF’s April 27th forum focused on providing multiple pathways to high school graduation that prepare all youth for postsecondary education and careers. (AYPF)

Safe Learning Environment
How are gender stereotypes developed in the classroom? Teacher practices and classroom demographics can play a role in delaying the development of gender-based stereotypes and prejudices among young students. (Ed Week)
U.S. Department of Education Issues Resource Document that Discourages Restraint and Seclusion

Students with Disabilities
Including, Excluding Students With Disabilities Under NCLB (Ed Week)
The top five chronic childhood conditions that limit typical activities are some type of developmental, behavioral or mental problem states a recently released report. (Princeton University and the Brookings Institution)

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

Resources & Tools
Video game is used to teach students engineering concepts
Free posters for teachers encouraging students to make a difference from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Taking Stock of the Year: Three Tools to Help Unpack Your Learning
View archived Whole Child Virtual Conference sessions at your leisure
ASCD’s Summer Reading List Provides Opportunities Galore for Teachers and Administrators
12 Reasons to Get Your School District Tweeting This Summer
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Model Programs Guide (MPG) is designed to assist practitioners and communities in implementing evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that can make a difference in the lives of children and communities.
You may want to join the America First or Last Movement in the National High School Graduation Pledge Campaign

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