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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

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The Educational System We Need

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
3:30 - 4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

Raymond J. McNulty is Chief Learning Officer at Penn Foster and a Senior Fellow to the International Center for Leadership In Education. He is a former Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a past president of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). He is the author of It’s Not Us Against Them—Creating the Schools We Need and has served education since 1973 as a teacher, vice principal, principal, superintendent, and Vermont’s Education Commissioner.

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National Dropout Prevention Center & Network Newsletter

Volume 23, Number 2
Career Pathways
· Destination: Education and Beyond
· Personal Pathways to Success in South Carolina: Bridging the Academic and Career Readiness Gap
· Finding a Path(way)
· Preparation for Tomorrow (PFT): Creating Career Pathways for Success
· P-20W Data Systems

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2013 Best Practices Forum on Dropout Prevention

April 14 - 17, 2013
InterContinental Kansas City
at the Plaza

Kansas City, MO
Call for Proposals

25th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

November 3 - 6, 2013
Crowne Plaza Ravinia
Atlanta, GA

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A Time of Change: The Civil Rights Movement
Flood, R., & Duckenfield, M.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day by learning more about the Civil Rights Movement! Four veterans of this movement tell their first person stories in this DVD. A companion teacher's guide provides reflection exercises and guidelines for presenting a similar forum in your community.

Normally sold for $20, this set can be ordered this month for only $12. Ordering Information
Top Stories
High School Graduation Rates by State: U.S. Department Of Education Releases First-Ever National Data (ECS eClips)

Creating a Data-Driven Culture Is a Necessary Step for States and Leaders (DQC)

Making Mastery Work: A Close-Up View of Competency Education shares best practices from high schools that are developing dynamic, new ways of meeting students where they are. (Nellie Mae Education Foundation)

Sound Connections
Our most recent Solutions broadcast, “Career-Focused Education as a Statewide Mandate,” is now available online.

Learn about City Year from Cat Keen, Director of National Service Projects at Volunteer Florida; Patrick Heckel, Impact Director for City Year Orlando; and Will Philips, Corps Member of the Heart of Florida United Way team during the recent National Dropout Prevention Network conference in Orlando, Florida.

Common Core State Standards: Literacy and English-Language Learners. This is an archived webinar available at listener’s convenience. (EdWeek)

Technology experts discuss the opportunities digital learning presents districts to build effective, sustainable programs that can increase student achievement. This is an archived webinar available at listener's convenience. (EdWeek)

Help for struggling ELL readers. Learn how new techniques researched at the Universities of Iowa and Rochester have been implemented in Santa Fe, NM, to have lasting impact. Jan. 15 @ 2:00pm EST (Smartbrief)

Quality Counts: Involving Students in School Climate. Jan. 15 @ 2:00 pm EST (EdWeek)

Principal’s Guide to Supporting Transition and Implementation of the CCSS in Elementary Mathematics, Jan. 17 @ 2:00 pm EST (EdWeek)

Aligning Competencies with the Common Core: A Making Mastery Work Webinar, Jan. 31 @ 3:00 pm EST (iNACOL)

Creating Systems of Assessments highlights efforts in two high schools to build capacity for providing meaningful assessments, Feb. 1 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm EST

Teaching Reading Comprehension Through Content Areas (ASCD)

A new foundation for student success. A short, informative video from the Hunt Institute explains the rationale behind and the goals of the Common Core State Standards—"The clearest statements yet about the knowledge and skills students need to master in order to be prepared for college and the workforce."

Watch Master Teachers in Action for Free. No time to leave the classroom? These Common Core professional development videos can help. (Education World Weekly)

Policy Updates
Hawaii Sets Standards for Early Childhood Education. (ECS)

This first report, Limited Out-of-State Data Needed to Produce Robust Indicators, from DQC examines how the impact of out-of-state mobility and lack of out-of-state student-level data affects policymakers’ ability to provide actionable information to stakeholders in their states. The follow-up report, Meeting Policymakers’ Education Responsibilities Requires Cross-State Data Collaboration, Sharing, and Comparability, discusses policymakers' responsibilities for cross-state data collaboration, sharing, and comparability. (ECS)

Scottish school adopts social media curriculum. A school in Scotland is teaching students about the libel risks associated with social media Web sites. (The Drum)

Effective Strategies
Educational Technology
Teachers transform smartphones into learning tools explains how students use smartphones to complete in-class polls, as e-readers for books and handouts, to complete research, and to conduct Google searches. (ASCD Smartbrief)

Blended PD Emphasizes Blended Differentiated Instruction

Change the data culture. A new report from the Data Quality Campaign finds states must improve data collection and reporting. (PEN Weekly)

Middle-school program helps struggling students catch up. The Gwinnett County school system in Georgia created an accelerated one-year program, called STEP, for overage eighth-graders to gain a year in school leading to on-time graduation. (MiddleWeb)

Learn how to speak the language of education technology. (ASCD)

How will blended learning evolve? Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker, both of the Innosight Institute, offer ten predictions for the evolution of the blended learning process. (ASCD)

Making the most out of interactive whiteboards. To make the most of the devices, experts suggest schools identify teachers who are excited about the technology and have clear goals as "early adopters" and make training relevant. (ASCD)

Benchmark Study: Best Practices for Implementing Online Learning in K–12 School Districts (K12)

Current white papers address digital learning. (EdWeek)

Two whitepapers from Herff-Jones: The Educational Promise of Social Media and Boosting Achievement Through Blended Learning

Evaluating What Works in Blended Learning—A Special Report on E-Learning (EdWeek)

Early Literacy
Rethinking Literacy: Reading in the Common Core Era—A Special Report on Literacy from EdWeek

NAEP Data on Vocabulary Achievement Show Gaps. The first-of-its-kind report from The Nation’s Report Card shows big gaps exist across racial and ethnic groups as well as income levels.

Study shows students who struggle early rarely catch up. (ESC eClips)

Students with Disabilities
Asperger's Gone, Dyslexia Stays in First Change to Psychiatric Manual in Almost 20 Years (Associated Press)

Accommodating Gifted Students With Learning Disabilities (EdWeek)

Tackling Special Education Teacher Evaluation (EdWeek)

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

Resources & Tools
· Triptico is an ever-growing collection of engaging, adaptable, interactive resources for educators.
· Student Data Notebook—Students track their own academic growth, and accountability and motivation increase. (Education World)
· Common Core Literacy Lesson Plans - K-5. (Education World)
· Interesting lesson plans, including magic.
· Join the free Education World Community. A multitude of resources are found here.
· Computer Science Student Network
· Cool Science offers both online and offline science activities for children of all ages. (Education World)
· 100 Report Card Comments (Education World)
· Educational Web site connects math, other subjects to real world.
· Digital Learning Day activities to take place February 6.
· Young people encouraged to apply to attend Grad Nation Summit.
· Three free apps give teachers tools to record student behavior. (School Library Journal)
· National Service-Learning Conference is March 13 - 15, 2013, Denver, CO.
· Transliteracy: Readers & Writers in a Connected World. Help your middle-grade students gain the skills and knowledge to integrate a multitude of 21st century literacy platforms into their learning. (MiddleWeb)
· Educator: Teaching students how to conduct online research is a must. (ASCD)
· January is National Mentoring month celebrating mentoring, and the evidence-based, positive effect it can have on young lives.
  ✓ January 17 - Thank Your Mentor Day
  ✓ January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
  ✓ January 24 and 25 - National Mentoring Summit

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