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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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Using Parent and Family Engagement as a Dropout Prevention Strategy

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
3:30 - 4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

Dr. Jean Strait, Director of the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching at Hamline University, and
Robert Rivera, Assistant Director of the Center for Excellence in Urban Teaching.
  • Learn why family and community engagement are so important
  • Find out about models and frameworks of parental involvement
  • "Family participation in education is a much more significant predictive of students' academic success than family socioeconomic status. The more parents participate in schooling, in a sustained way, at every level, the better for student achievement."

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    Engage: The International Journal of Research and Practice on Student Engagement

    NDPC is pleased to announce the inaugural issue of ENGAGE. ENGAGE brings educational challenges and solutions from all over the world to one accessible location, so readers everywhere can contribute to, learn from, and share online at no cost.
    · School Dropouts: A Global Issue
    · AVIDizing a High-Poverty Middle School
    A Discursive Approach to Restorative Practice
    Incarceration Within American & Nordic Prisons

    2013 Best Practices Forum on Dropout Prevention

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

    Kansas City, MO
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    25th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

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

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    Sale of the Month

    Designed to help the reader understand the implications of truancy; learn about best practices in the field; and develop, implement, and evaluate an effective program.
  • Best Practices and Model Truancy Programs
         by Reimer & Dimock
  • Guidelines for Evaluating Truancy Programs
         by Wesley & Duttweiler
  • Legal and Economic Implications of Truancy
         by Smink & Heilbrunn
  • Planning, Collaboration, and Implementation Strategies for Truancy Programs
         by Cash & Duttweiler

  • Regularly $9.50 each, NDPC is offering a limited quantity of all four books for only $25.
    Suggested Reading from Our NDPC Fellows
    The Death and Life of the Great American School System by Diane Ravitch. This book has important implications for the dropout discussion. The discussion of testing and choice provides a challenging perspective on what is happening in schools today.

    I Beat the Odds by Michael Oher (subject of the movie, The Blind Side) with Don Yeager. I Beat the Odds is a roadmap from poverty to prosperity. Oher informs us the path from dependence to independence is multi-facetted; he offers a plea the “chapter, Breaking the Cycle, be copied and placed under the pillow of every kid in poverty in this country”, challenging everyone to step up to the plate and make a difference in the lives of kids and families who try to struggle to get to a better place.

    Top Stories
    Various measures were found to influence dropout independently of sociodemographic factors. In a study of first graders in fall 1982 through early spring 1996, the authors examined the children's personal qualities, first-grade experiences, and family circumstances as precursors to high school dropout. Logistic regression analyses were used to identify predictors of dropout involving family context measures, children's personal resources, and school. (American Sociological Association)

    High poverty, high success A new report from Public Impact investigates why some schools in high-poverty communities produce remarkable success where others fail. The report examines how principals, teachers, parents, and students define the keys to success, and highlights specific strategies and decisions in these high-achieving schools. (PEN Weekly)

    Sound Connections
    The Need for Systemic Technology Planning to Address Higher Standards. Archived (Alliance for Excellence Education)

    Improving Student Learning One Principal at a Time: Walkthroughs and Observations. Feb. 14 at 3:00 p.m. EST (ASCD)

    Student Experience: Pacing and Personalization will look at two different models, and how they are organizing resources to respond to the different needs of students. Feb. 12 at 3:00 pm EST (iNACOL)

    Spanning the Grades: A Look At Elementary, Middle School And High School Competency-Based Models highlights the work of MSAD 15 in Gray-New Gloucester, Maine, in rolling out competency education across all their schools. Feb. 26 at 3:30 pm EST (iNACOL)

    The Power of the Web for Teaching & Learning – Go 1:1 with Google Chromebooks & Apps for Education. Feb. 26 at 4:00 pm EST (eSchool Media, Inc.)

    Re-Engineering for Competency Education Information: Technology Design Considerations will discuss how we can re-engineer data systems from teacher-centric, course-based instructional models to student-centered, competency-based learning models. Feb. 28 at 3:00 pm EST (iNACOL)

    De-Grade Your Classroom and Create Mastery Learning with Narrative Feedback. Feb. 28 at 3:00 pm EST (iNACOL)

    The Learning Edge: Supporting Student Success in a Competency-Based Learning Environment. Mar. 21 at 3:30 pm EST (ASCD)

    Minding the Achievement Gap One Classroom at a Time: Tips for EL and Special Education Teachers. Apr. 9 at 3:00 pm EST (ASCD)

    Top Ten Videos on 21st Century Learning (Edutopia via Education Technology and Mobile Learning)

    Policy Updates
    How I Handled: Behavior on the School Bus. Students often deny wrongdoing. An article by a district who saw this as a safety issue and got proactive. (EdWorld)

    Suspension, Expulsion Data Cast Harsh Light on Some Schools. (EdWeek)

    An Education Week analysis of data collected by the U.S. Department of Education illustrates the wide variation in how schools use out-of-school suspension and expulsion to discipline students. It also calls into question the validity of the data for some schools. (EdWeek)

    Suspensions Linked to Lower Graduation Rates in Florida Study. (EdWeek)

    Ohio district becomes international model for innovation. Educators worldwide are visiting a school district in Ohio to learn more about its innovative approach to personalized instruction, college- and career-readiness, science, technology, engineering and math education. (The Columbus Dispatch)

    U.S. Test Scores Surpass International Average, New Data Show, but performance falls well short of several East Asian countries in math and science. (EdWeek)

    Effective Strategies
    Family Enagement
    Cultivating, Running A Great Parent Volunteer Program. (Education World)

    What Parents Want Teachers to Know and What Teachers Want Parents to Know. (Education World Weekly Newsletter)

    Calling All Fathers: Absence of the male parent takes a huge toll. "Father absence on black families has been associated with psychological problems in the child and with a reduction of goal orientation in the mother.” (The Boys’ Initiative)

    Free Online Parent Survey Available. Access a new, free online survey that will help you determine parents' attitudes about your school.

    Effective Communication With Parents. Communication expert Shelly Arneson explains how school leaders can help teachers plan parent conversations from the ground up.

    Parents Get Training to Support Children's Learning. (EdWeek Update) Using Digital Media to Strengthen the Connection Between School and Home. (EdTech Focus on K12)

    Georgia school trains parents in common core. (The Marietta Daily Journal) Dr. Maria C. Paredes, spearheaded an initiative in Creighton County Schools that revolutionizes the parent-teacher relationship and has a positive effect on student achievement. (Learning First Alliance)

    Students with Disabilities
    Study Finds Grades Give 'Early Warning' on ELL Dropouts. A group of Chicago researchers say that students' performance in 9th grade is better than language proficiency for targeting which English-learners are likely to graduate on time—and who needs more help. (EdWeek)

    Creating effective assessments for special needs students. Laurie Wasserman offers ideas about traditional test prep and the creation of alternate assessments. (MiddleWeb SmartBrief)

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

    Resources & Tools
    Secret Timekeeper Signals and Other Wise Advice. Principals share tips regarding keeping meetings on track, hosting parent events and partnering with faith communities.

    February is Black History Month. Celebrate Black History Month using these resources to emphasize the history and achievements of African Americans. Follow this link to additional resources to teach students about African-American history.

    Many students struggle with math or have difficulty understanding the subject. Educator Dan Meyer has come up with various scenarios that can help students enjoy math and add some fun to learning it. See his video. (ASCD Express)

    National Green Week - February 4-8
    Random Acts of Kindness Week - February 11-17

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