26th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM

"Providing Hope and Support In and Beyond the Classroom"

February 16-19, 2014
Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC

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Call for Proposals
(open through Nov. 30, 2013)

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

Strategies for Creating Socially Inclusive School Communities for ALL Students
Barbara Oswald, Director of Youth Initiatives & Program Development for Special Olympics South Carolina, navigates connections between inclusive school climate strategies and dropout prevention initiatives.

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2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities

"Building Engaging Educational Communities for Native Students"

April 27-30, 2014
Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel, Prior Lake, MN

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Middle College High Schools: A Meaningful Option for Disconnected High School Students
by Grier, T. B., & Peterson, K. D.
Middle college is an alternative approach to reengaging high school youth that has shown great success. Learn how these small high schools on college campuses provide a second chance to many students.

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2013 Crystal Star Award Winners

The National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN), located at Clemson University in SC, has announced its 2013 recipients of the Crystal Star Award of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention, and Prevention.

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25th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference Wrap-Up

A summary of our 25th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference where we welcomed more than 850 attendees and 200 presenters to one of our largest Network conferences ever.

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Top Stories
Rural Dropout Prevention Focus of Clemson, U.S. Department of Education Partnership.

The Nations Report Card. Results from the 2013 NAEP assessments show fourth- and eighth-graders making progress in mathematics and reading. U.S. Reading and Math Scores Show Slight Gains. Average scores on the National Assesment of Educational Progress have been rising but large disparities among races and economic classes remain.

Effective Strategies
Educational Technology
How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses. Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think. Last month’s Wired Magazine relates how one teacher in Mexico, inspired by the work of Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in the UK, is applying the logic of the digital age in his classroom.

School-Community Collaboration
Rev. Eugene Callender, Who Saw Potential of Disadvantaged School Dropouts, Dies at 87.

Career and Technology Education (CTE)
ED Launches Engagement Process Following Report on U.S. Adults’ Skills.

Michigan Works To Match Dropouts With Degrees Already Earned.

First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks on The Power of Education. First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to the sophomore class at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C., and addresses the importance of higher education and her hopes for them as college graduates in 2020.

Service and schools — partnership on purpose: Jim Kielsmeier at TEDxFargo. Dr. Jim Kielsmeier founded one of our partner institutions, NYLC, the National Youth Leadership Council, and here he talks about service-learning.

Wilmer Valderrama talks about the dropout crisis and the film The Graduates. This two-part special examines the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students who are part of an ongoing effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population.

In Public Education, Edge Still Goes to Rich, by Eduardo Porter of The New York Times.

Missing: A National Education Policy for Low-Income Families, by Arnold F. Fege of Education Week.

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Open Doors 2013 was released November 12th. The Open Doors Report is published by the Institute of International Education, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States.

International Education Week Events from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Connected Educator Events. Connected Educators is an initiative of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education and is conducted by the American Institutes for Research in collaboration with several partner organizations and a technical working group.

Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children's TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Awards. This award acknowledges the critical role of child-care teachers in providing quality early care and education.

Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants provides funding for youth to lead projects focused on ending childhood hunger in their communities.

The Starbucks Foundation Youth Leadership Grants believes in developing young people to become extraordinary leaders, by investing in the leadership skills required for the changing global economy.

Resources & Tools
Search for city, state, county, or zip code data with OpportunityIndex.org provided by Opportunity Nation. Find demographic data for the past few years, such as poverty, percentage of households with high-speed Internet, on-time high school graduation rates, percentage of youth not in school and not working, and a dozen other measures that Opportunity Nation uses to determine what it calls an “opportunity index score,” indicating a state or community’s capacity to provide opportunity and economic mobility to its residents.

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