FRONTLINE has partnered with American Graduate and Corporation for Public Broadcasting to launch the Dropout Nation Community Engagement campaign
. Two videos, a series of reports on the dropout epidemic, and an ambitious outreach campaign are available. See video links in Video section below. A one-hour documentary titled Dropout Nation will air Tues., Sept. 25, at 10 pm (ET) on PBS.
is a social media campaign and feature length documentary "in the making" to highlight inspiring students who are going through a lot of difficulties, but somehow are able to muscle through and graduate no matter what. Most of the time you hear about a school on TV it's because something bad happened in that community. UNDROPPABLE is here to show schools there are people in the media who want to shine a light on the BEST things that are happening at their schools.
Marty Duckenfield of the National Dropout Prevention Center learns about the role of nationally certified educators in dropout prevention when she speaks with Joanna Murray
, a California educator and a Program Ambassador for the National University Professional Teaching Development Center.
The Role of the Principal
. "You can no longer just worry about the issues that are happening within your school." Listen to an interview with Luis Torres to hear about his philosophy on moving from a school leader to a community leader. (ASCD SmartBrief
The Middle School Moment
focuses on the growing body of evidence that suggests the make-or-break moment for high school dropouts may actually be in middle school.
Need to Know: Reengaging Dropouts
focuses on Philadelphia’s ambitious plan to reach out and reengage high school dropouts.
A Pregnancy Test for Schools: The Impact of Education Laws on Pregnant and Parenting Students
. This report, by the National Women’s Law Center, describes the particular challenges faced by pregnant and parenting students and highlights the requirements of federal and state laws.
Timing of Student Rewards Key to Effectiveness, Study Finds
. New research sheds light on some possible reasons why experiments to pay or reward students for good test scores have been yielding lackluster results. (Ed Week Update
Who’s Afraid of Student Advisory?
This issue of ASCD Express shows various ways to use a student advisory program to help students make their way profitably through the academic and social spheres of school.
Classroom Lessons Get Boost from Social Media
. A growing number of schools in the United Kingdom are using digital technology and social media to engage students in lessons. (Smartbrief
How Japan Introduced 21st-Century Global Skills Through Integrated Learning
. (Ed Week Update
. A plethora of information from the UCLA Center for Mental Health on designing school improvement to enhance classroom climate/culture, school climate/culture, and environments that support learning.
Designing an Effective Intervention System for Your School
. The article outlines necessary steps to take to design an effective system, including examining the current system, collecting and analyzing data, assessing student needs, and developing targeted programs. (ASCD SmartBrief
Site Review: Intervention Central—Help with RTI
. Need a strategy for helping a struggling student or a tool to assess his progress? Implementing RTI is no small feat, but Intervention Central
puts this complicated model within reach. (Education World Reviews Newsletter
How to Implement a Schoolwide Project-Based Learning Activity
Teaching & Learning Through Multiple Intelligences
(Education in America
History Project Helps Students Put Knowledge into Action
(Powerful Learning Practice
Tips for Teachers to Create a Successful, Project-based Learning Experience
Ten Tips for Better Project-based Learning
Using Blended Learning to Teach all Students in New Ways
. Sam McElroy, a special-education teacher, reflects on a year of blended learning. (Gotham Schools
Leveraging Intelligent, Adaptive Learning to Personalize Education
. A special white paper based on the Speak Up 2011 National Findings (Dreambox Learning
Embracing the Inevitable: How to Create K-12 Acceptable Use Policies That Harness the Power of Mobility
provides guidance on developing Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs
) for mobile active learning. (Blackboard, Inc.
) You must register, but it’s free.
Understanding the Flipped Classroom-What it is and What it isn’t
. As flipped classrooms become more popular, there is evidence the model has helped personalize learning for students. (ASCD Smartbrief
Students with Disabilities
Improving Special Education in Tough Times
. Special education can benefit from the same focus on efficiency found in general education. (EdWeek Update
Mobile App Enables Speech for People with Disabilities
. A $99 wheelchair-friendly revolutionary application, dubbed TalkRocket Go, has been launched by MyVoice for people with speech disabilities. (SmartBrief on EdTech
Funding sources are available on the NDPC/N Web site
Resources & Tools
Guide helps teach the difference between bullying and discourse
Tips to help students meet the NaNoWriMo challenge
Resources to help teachers use Pinterest in the classroom
Back-to-school activities that engage students' hearts and minds
National Child Awareness Month
Hunger Action Month
International Literacy Day
— September 8
— September 9
World Suicide Prevention Day
— September 10 - Free Toolkit Available
National Day of Service and Remembrance
— September 11
National Hispanic Heritage Month
— September 15 - October 15
— September 17
International Day of Peace
— September 21
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