25th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

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

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& Registration

Additional Professional Development Opportunities:

26th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM
February 16-20, 2014
"Providing Hope and Support In and Beyond the Classroom"
Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities

April 27-30, 2014
"Building Engaging Educational Communities for Native Students"
Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel, Prior Lake, Minnesota

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Sale of the Month

Teachable Moments: Ethics and Reflection in Service-Learning
Fishman, T., & Swanson, L.
A co-author of this publication, Teddi Fishman, was a recent guest on our Solutions program (see link below). The Teachable Moments publication and the Solutions program make excellent companion pieces for teachers and administrators who want to learn how to guide students through teachable moments to practice ethical decision making, whether related to everyday problems or global issues. Order Teachable Moments today for a limited-time, reduced price.

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Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

The Good News About Cheating
Our guest Teddi Fishman, who directs the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), a consortium of approximately 250 colleges, universities, and schools, focuses on the positive work being done in this area to help students and schools develop cultures of integrity.

Archived Webcast

Suggested Reading From Our NDPC/N Research Fellows
NDPC/N Fellow, Terry Pickeral, recommends that readers look through and read the proceedings from the inaugural July 8, 2013, School Climate Policy Institute, which focused on school climate policies at district and school levels. Five agenda items are presented under the tab “Process and Agenda,” and several brief but focused videos are presented under the tab “Policy Voices.” While on the National School Climate Web site, you may want to read some of the recent School Climate Practice Briefs, such as the one on School Climate and Dropout Prevention co-authored by NDPC/N’s Beth Reynolds and Marty Duckenfield. Visit www.schoolclimate.org for more information.


Top Stories
California truancy is at 'crisis' level, says attorney general. One out of every four California elementary school students — nearly 1 million total — are truant each year, an "attendance crisis" that is jeopardizing their academic futures and depriving schools of needed dollars, the state attorney general said in a report just released.

How California should deal with truancy. By Arne Duncan and Kamala D. Harris.

Alliances Help Educators Access, Analyze Dropout Data. This REL West Research Digest features work that the Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities is doing with 14 member schools to implement an early-warning system tool that identifies students at risk of not graduating from high school so that schools and districts can target appropriate interventions.

The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center) has released a new research-to-practice brief titled Teaching the Whole Child: Instructional Practices That Support Social-Emotional Learning in Three Teacher Evaluation Frameworks. This report can help educators crosswalk existing teacher evaluation frameworks with instructional strategies that support social-emotional learning.

A new study illustrates the way some black and Latino male students succeed in high schools. Shaun Harper, Director of the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, has identified black and Latino male students who have been successful in urban New York City high schools and are ready for college, the challenges they face, some factors related to their success, and some remaining barriers.

How does health influence school dropout? For the Sake of All is a multi-disciplinary study on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis.

Early College, Early Success: Early College High School Initiative Impact Study. This study is the capstone project of AIR and its partner, SRI International, who for more than a decade have explored the impact of the Early College High School Initiative, launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The study indicates that early college students were significantly more likely to graduate from high school than comparison students.


Effective Strategies
Family Engagement
Fortunate Son. For nearly 1 out of 5 American teenagers -- and 65 percent of young African-American men in Neal Shapiro's home city of New York, there is no road map, there is no easy path, and there is no high school diploma. On the day before American Graduate Day 2013, Shapiro presents some of the issues related to high school graduation.

School-Community Collaboration
This ICF International white paper examines how rural schools can confront the many challenges associated with their locales and how rural communities can leverage their numerous strengths to prevent students from dropping out of school.

LAUSD Dropout Prevention Campaign has counselors and volunteers calling and visiting homes.

Safe Learning Environments
The California Healthy Kids Survey – a massive survey of student behavior and a key resource for schools – has unveiled extensive revisions that put a stronger focus on students’ emotional health.


Media
American Graduate Day 2013 is a multi-platform event broadcasted and streamed nationally on Saturday, September 28. The special highlights community partners, educators, and celebrities involved in education and youth intervention programs to help keep at-risk students in school.

American Graduate Day 2013 Videos.


Policy
Arne Duncan: Why I am Optimistic About Education in America.

Peterson and Hanushek: The Vital Link of Education and Prosperity.

The Politically Correct Myth About a Link Between Education and Economic Growth.


International
Can the ride take them further? The power of the bicycles to confer economic and social freedom even in the age of the automobile remains undiminished.

Millions of children denied education due to conflict – UN warns. Some 28.5 million children in countries affected by conflict are being denied access to learning, with tens of thousands of schools attacked or occupied by armed forces, heightening the risk they will never go to school or will drop out, the United Nations and its partners warned today, calling for urgent action.


Events
Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series Group Mentoring: Bridging Research and Effective Practice.

The Department of Education will be supporting another Connected Educator Month. CEM 2013 will be taking place in October this year!

Kickoff Panel: Making It Count–Integrating Formal & Informal PD. Hundreds of thousands of educators around the country are quietly improving their practice every day through online communities and networks, but receive no acknowledgement or credit for doing so. Bringing together formal teacher education and informal social learning is the most important point of emphasis in this year’s Connected Educator Month.


Funding
Duncan’s report on the state of education includes the Department of Education Contingency Plan for the government shutdown.

Due to the lapse in funding, government agencies release statements —U.S. Dept of Edu, NIH, NSF, Grants.gov, G5, IES, and other government agencies.

AmeriCorps State and National supports a wide range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive community service each year. AmeriCorps provides grants to a network of local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.


Resources & Tools
Resources for Teaching At Risk Students from Bobbi Jo Kenyon, Michigan Teacher of the Year.

UCLA School Mental Health Project-ENEWS. Concerned about addressing barriers to student learning and teaching & re-engaging disconnected students? This newsletter focuses on relevant policies and practices.



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