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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

Call for Proposals opens
March 18, 2013
Conference Information

The Power and Promise of Integrative STEM Education: Its Potential for ALL Students

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
3:30 - 4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

Col. Patrick Forester, a retired NASA Astronaut with a passion for positive reform in education, who currently serves as Adjunct Professor at Clemson University in the College of Health, Education, and Human Development.

Dr. William Havice, Associate Dean for Academic Support Services and Undergraduate Studies, Clemson University, whose scholarly work has focused on the introduction of technology and engineering into the K-16 classroom and the integration of technology to enhance learning.

  • What is the STEM movement?
  • T and E: The Overlooked STEM Imperatives
  • Increasing relevance in the educational experience
  • Potential for ALL students

  • Webcast Information

    National Dropout Prevention Center & Network Newsletter

    Pregnant and Parenting Students
    Volume 23, Number 3

    · A Promising Program in West Oso, Texas
    · An Encouraging Intervention: The Expectant and Parenting Student Liaison
    · Tune In and Prevent Dropout

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    Effective Instruction: A Handbook of Evidence-Based Strategies
    Celebrating our partnership with The Institute for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Education (EDIE), the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network is pleased to offer EDIE's premier publication at a reduced price! This book normally sells for $145. For a limited time, we are offering it to you and other friends of NDPC for $75 plus shipping.

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    No School Left Behind: How to Increase Student Achievement
    Evidence-based solutions offered include:
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  • How parents can help their children succeed in school
  • How student testing can be reduced and improved
  • How to control school violence
  • How high school graduates can be better prepared for work and college
  • How to teach students to innovate

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    FREE BOOK—Brian Sites, an NDPC Crystal Star Award winner and National Board Certified teacher is offering our readers a free download of his newly published book, Who’s Teaching Who: Stories of Hope and Lessons Learned in My First 10 Years of Teaching. By following several principles that shape the daily decisions an educator must make, one can bring out the best in their students, and reignite their passion for teaching! Download

    Suggested Reading from Our NDPC Fellows
    2013 Building a Grad Nation Report: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic (America’s Promise Alliance)

    Top Stories
    New Report: Public School Graduates and Dropouts from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2009–10

    Leaders To Learn From is the first of what will be an annual report from Education Week. It spotlights 16 district-level leaders from across the country who seized on creative but practical approaches to improving their school systems and put those ideas to work.

    Just released, the 2012 Kids Count Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. The Data Book provides state rankings for four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.

    Ensuring Fair and Reliable Methods of Effective Teaching: Culminating Findings from the MET Project’s Three-Year Study. (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

    Sound Connections
    Our most recent Solutions broadcast, "Using Parent and Family Engagement as a Dropout Prevention Strategy," is now available online.

    PLCs and the Common Core: Putting Data to Work for You - March 13 at 2:00 pm EST - Register now.

    Teacher-Evaluation Systems 2.0: What Have We Learned? - March 14 at 2:00 pm EST - Register now.

    Blended Learning Strategies for Common-Core Math - March 19 at 1:00 pm EST - Register now.

    Overcoming K-12 IT Challenges: Appropriate Use & Theft Management - March 27 at 2:00 pm EST - Register now.

    An interview with Elaine Fahrner, a 2012 Crystal Star Award winner, who is principal of The Academy at Old Cockrill, a high school that gives at-risk students and dropouts a new beginning. Elaine believes everyone should be accepted as they are, recognized for their achievements, and feel they are a part of something and not alone. See and hear Elaine share her compassion for the at-risk student.

    Host Melissa Harris-Perry was joined by an all-female panel to discuss STEM and its relationship to girls in our country. (MSNBC)

    View the video to learn the various scenarios educator Dan Meyer has come up with that can help students enjoy math and add some fun to learning it. (ASCD Express)

    Policy Updates
    Michigan School Chief Focuses on STEM—Linda Hicks' mission became clear when she took the helm of Battle Creek's schools: Ensure that students get the STEM skills they need to land a job in the area. (Education Week)

    Stem Opportunities Expanded for Some Arizona High School Students—Gilbert's Highland High School "is offering a new pilot STEM diploma which allows students who pass an internationally recognized board exam to graduate as sophomores with a Grand Canyon University diploma so they can enter community college." (Arizona Republic)

    Would starting school later benefit high school students? Districts nationwide are considering starting school later for high school students based on research showing that teenagers' sleep patterns may benefit from a later start time. In Minneapolis Public Schools, later starts have resulted in better engagement and behavior among students. (Press-Telegram Long Beach, Calif.)

    Stem Education: Where the Girls Are Not (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

    Ohio district becomes international model for innovation hosting interested visitors from all over the world. (The Columbus Dispatch)

    Effective Strategies
    After-School Opportunities
    STEM Learning in Afterschool and Summer Programming: An Essential Strategy for STEM Education Reform (America’s Promise Alliance)

    STEM Learning in Afterschool: An Analysis of Impact and Outcomes (September 2011) (America’s Promise Alliance)

    Defining Youth Outcomes for STEM Learning in After-School (America’s Promise Alliance)

    Afterschool Innovations in Brief: Engaging Middle School Youth (2011) (America’s Promise Alliance)

    Award-winning after-school programs invigorate math, science education. (Arizona State University News)

    The new report, "
    Continuous Quality Improvement in After-School Settings," demonstrates how ongoing assessments, and changes that develop from those findings, produce better expanded learning opportunities. (America’s Promise Alliance)

    Students with Disabilities
    The Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR) has just launched a new Web site.

    The Thomas Armstrong webinar, "Strength-Based Strategies for Students with Special Needs," is now available. (ASCD)

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

    Resources & Tools
    Identifying Competencies and Actions of Effective Turnaround Principals
    Smithsonian Launches Quests Program to Encourage Discovery and Collaboration
    MiddleWeb's 40 Favorite Web sites for the Middle Grades
    7 Tips for Addressing Students Who Lie
    Vocabulary.com seeks to improve students' word skills.

    March 2013
    Best Buddies Month
    Youth Art Month
    National Nutrition Month
    Great American Cleanup - March 1-May 31

    The National School Climate Center, in partnership with the Winston Preparatory Schools and the City University of New York, will present the 16th Annual Summer Institute: Promoting Moral/Ethical Learning, Democratically-Informed and High Achieving K-12 Schools.

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