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New Directions

Beth P. Reynolds, Ph.D., joins the NDPC as Executive Director following 37 years in education at all levels and positions including teacher, high school principal, district assistant superintendent, state level consultant, adjunct professor, and author. A continuous learner and passionate teacher, Dr. Reynolds has a track record as a school improvement leader and designer and trainer of professional learning. She brings a wealth of experience in leadership and management which will be crucial for the NDPC and NDPN as we move forward into the next 25 years. Meet Dr. Reynolds by listening to the June Solutions to the Dropout Crisis webcast, A Look to the Future!

Inauguration of the NDPC Research 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. Meet the Research Fellows

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 the 24th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference, Ignite the Potential Within; Connect, Inspire, Graduate!
Conference Information and Registration

Sale of the Month

Bouncing Back: Strengthening Resilience Through Service-Learning by Duckenfield, M., Drew, S., & Flood, R. Service-learning has the potential to strengthen the protective factors that make young people resilient. This guidebook shows how to maximize the service-learning experience to promote positive youth development. Ordering Information

Board Member Interviews

Meet our featured Board members
Ms. Debra Duardo, Director of Dropout Prevention and Recovery for the Los Angeles Unified School District.



Information about other featured board members can be accessed here.
Top Stories
Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972–2009
Compendium Report (US DOE)

A new report from The Education Trust examines teacher recruitment and retention in hard-to-staff schools. The authors offer examples of how some schools and districts are making high-poverty, low-performing schools satisfying, attractive places to work. (ECS e-Connection)

State Graduation Briefs
View reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia featuring detailed, state-specific data on current graduation rates and trends over time, definitions of college readiness, high school exit exams, and state requirements for earning a high school diploma.

Sound Connections
Revealing How Education Leaders Can Work Together on Common-Standards Implementation Free Webinar Wednesday, July 11, 2 to 3 p.m. ET (Success for All Foundation)

Enhancing Teacher Effectiveness
What does the latest research suggest about the impact of teacher effectiveness on student achievement? What are the best strategies for enhancing teacher effectiveness?
Free Webinar Thursday, July 12, 2012, 2 to 3 p.m. ET. (Ed Week)

Policy Updates
New policy brief from the Southern Regional Educational Board on the importance of smaller class sizes even under tighter budgets.

The National Women's Law Center has released a report outlining the implications of education laws, specifically Title IX, on pregnant and parenting students. The authors examine federal, state, and local policies. (ECS e-Connection)

International
Large numbers of boys in Britain are failing to develop a love of reading during primary education because of a shortage of male teachers combined with an anti-book culture among many fathers, an inquiry has found. (The Boys Initiative)

Effective Strategies
Systemic Renewal
A North Carolina district is reducing their dropout rate by increasing support for at-risk students. (Learning First Alliance)

A Virginia school district is using a multifaceted five-year plan to help close their achievement gap; results so far suggest it's working. (Learning First Alliance)

This author argues that true change cannot occur within schools unless educators on all levels work together to create reform. (ASCD Express)

Family Engagement
Reaching Out to Parents Over Brown-Bag Lunches (Ed World)

The National PTA has published a vast amount of information on family engagement in the schools.
  • Report: The Positive Relationship Between Family Involvement and Student Success
  • PTA Three for Me
  • National Standards for Family-School Partnerships and an Implementation Guide
  • Family Guide to Getting Involved With Correctional Education: Example of the Standards in Action


  • Students with Disabilities
    A new What Works Clearinghouse review concludes that so-called "daily report cards" appear to improve the behavior of students with ADHD. (Ed Week)

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

    Resources & Tools
    The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education has created an online Education Policy Toolbox of information across a wide variety of topics. (ECS e-Connection)

    Four Great Common-Core Aligned Apps (Ed. World)

    An idea for keeping track of student growth. (Ed. World)

    A wealth of information can be found in Education Week’s publication Digital Directions. You can sign up to get free future copies electronically.

    Read how Kim Crosby decreased teaching time and increased individual help in her math classes. (eClasssroom News)

    New Venture Connects U.S. Teachers Online (American Federation of Teachers)

    Education World’s archive of professional development ideas

    Training, sharing ideas are keys to effective technology use across school borders. (SmartBrief on Ed Tech)

    Research a Topic: English language learners on ASCD's ELL Research a Topic page. (ASCD Smartbrief)

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