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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

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The opening keynote speaker at the 25th Annual NDPN Conference in Atlanta will be Dr. William Bennett, author, political theorist, and former U.S. Secretary of Education. Dr. Bennett is the host of a nationally broadcast radio show (6:00-9:00 a.m. EST daily): “Bill Bennett's Morning in America.” He is one of America's most important, influential, and respected voices on culture, politics, and education.

Associate Director and Assistant Directors Named

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network has named Dr. Howard (Sandy) Addis as its new Associate Director, effective May 2013. Having served in the field of education for nearly 40 years, Dr. Addis will bring unique leadership skills and expertise to the Center and the Network.

Two NDPC/N staff members were promoted to new positions. Mr. John Gailer was named Assistant Director for Programs and Outreach and Ms. Cairen Withington was named Assistant Director for Research, Evaluation, and Public Relations.

We welcome Dr. Addis to NDPC/N and look forward to great things from this team!

Press Release

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

We are excited to announce that Dr. Karen Cooper-Haber, Coordinator of Intervention Services at Richland Two Schools, Columbia, SC, will be our guest on the Solutions broadcast to discuss family counseling.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
3:30 - 4:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time

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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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Sale of the Month

Alternative Schools: Best Practices for Development and Evaluation by Dr. Mary Reimer and Dr. Terry Cash
This book identifies the main characteristics and issues of alternative schools, delineates how to establish a solid program with best practices at the forefront, and discusses issues of evaluation.

Middle College High Schools: A Meaningful Option for Disconnected High School Students by Dr. Terry Grier and Dr. Kent Peterson
The authors have written succinctly about the challenges of initiating a totally new model for educating students who were either disengaged from school or were on the verge of dropping out in Guilford County, North Carolina.

Normally offered at $8 each, these books are being offered this month for only $4 each.

NDPC/N Welcomes New Officers

Three new officers were elected to the National Dropout Prevention Network Board of Directors at the February 10, 2013, meeting.

Dr. Eurmon Hervey, Jr., Executive Vice President of Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, FL, was elected NDPN Chair.

Mr. Raymond J. McNulty, Chief Learning Officer at Penn Foster, Scranton, PA, was elected NDPN Vice Chair.

Mr. Bob Collins, Chief Academic Officer for Mango Learning and President of CareerTechEducation Associates, Jersey City, NJ, was elected NDPN Recording Secretary.

The Network and the Board appreciates the service of all Board members, and especially these new officers.

Press Release
Suggested Reading From Our NDPC Fellows
The National School Climate Center (NSCC) announces the release of 11 School Climate Practice Briefs for Implementation and Sustainability, which present the latest in research and best practice for effective school climate reform from leading education organizations. NDPC/N’s Executive Director, Dr. Beth P. Reynolds, and our Public Information Director, Ms. Marty Duckenfield, coauthored one of these briefs, School Climate and Dropout Prevention. An NDPC Research Fellow, Mr. Terry Pickeral, coauthored another brief, School Climate and Shared Leadership.

Top Stories
For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education, Equity and Excellence—Read about the challenge of addressing equity of opportunity for all students in this recent report released by the U.S. Department of Education

Recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics, maps detail high school graduation and dropout trends nationwide. Categorized by race and ethnicity for the 2009-10 school year, they show that while the national graduation rate is at its highest level since 1974 (78%), the dropout problem remains.

NEW Dataset Tool Available on NDPC/N Web site: Downloadable and searchable dataset showing Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduate Rates Nationwide, by State, by School, and by Key Subgroups, 2010-2011.

More new data tools from ed.gov: Interactive, searchable, downloadable data about elementary and secondary schools in the U.S., including graphs and tables, data mapping, trend analysis, and conditional analysis on a variety of school- and state-level data from EDFacts, Consolidated State Performance Reports (CSPR), State Accountability Workbooks, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the College Board, and the U.S. Department of Education's Budget Service office.

Gender Disparities in Educational Expectations: A Look at 9th Graders, a report from Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Policy, examines why females outperform their male counterparts.

ASCD SmartBrief Special Report: Technology-Rich Learning (Part I) (Part II).

Sound Connections
Our most recent Solutions broadcast, "The Power and Promise of Integrative STEM Education," featuring Clemson’s Colonel Patrick Forester, a NASA astronaut and adjunct professor; and Dr. William Havice, professor and Associate Dean of the College of Health, Education, and Human Development at Clemson, is now available free online.

Embedding Critical Thinking Throughout Project-Based Learning (Buck Institute for Education)–April 10 at 3:00 EDT.

Planning for Progress in Digital Learning: Introduction to Data and Assessment (Alliance for Excellent Education)—April 11 at 2:00 EDT.

Winning the Network Traffic Battle (eSchool Media, Inc.)–April 11 at 2:00 EDT.

Student-Centered Learning (School Improvement Network)–April 16 at 2:00 EDT.

Tour CCSSO's Newly Released Guide to Free Resources to Support Common Core Implementation (National Association of Elementary School Principals)–April 16 at 4:00 EDT.

Why Good Schools Have Poor Test Scores (Scientific Learning)–April 17 at 4:00 EDT.

STEM Project-Based Learning in Middle School (Buck Institute for Education)–April 24 at 3:00 EDT.

Reaching the Whole Child and the Whole Community to Support Digital Learning: Strategies for Success (Alliance for Excellent Education)–April 25 at 2:00 EDT.

Project-Based Learning in K-2 (Buck Institute for Education)–May 8 at 3:00 EDT.

Global Project-Based Learning (Buck Institute for Education)–May 22 at 3:00 EDT.

Clemson Collaborations in Service-Learning video, Thinking It Through: Tools for Teaching Ethics in Service-Learning, presents three different ethical approaches in common-sense ways. The “toolbox” allows teachers to help students develop better critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills using common-sense principles within an easy-to-apply framework. The video is based on the book, Teachable Moments, available from NDPC.

Free Teaching Videos from the Teaching Channel—Lesson plans for teachers, tips, strategies, and inspired teacher videos (The Teaching Channel).

Student-Led Conferences—Students discuss the connections between their efforts and progress toward learning goals. (ASCD).

Reading Like a Historian—By turning students into history investigators, teachers help them develop critical thinking skills and increase student engagement. (EdWeek).

Policy Updates
More States Consider "Parent Trigger" Laws—Advocates push options for parents to demand turnaround of low-performing schools, while critics say the laws could undermine public education. (EdWeek)

Districts increasingly suspend zero-tolerance discipline policies. (Deseret News)

Building Better Programs for Disconnected Youth—Disconnected youth are a diverse lot, and no one program will help them connect, but there are several that have had promising results. (MDRC)

Improving Student Outcomes, Enhancing School Climate: Teachers Can't Do it Alone! (Published by UCLA’s Center for Mental Health in Schools)

Collaborating for Change Is an International Imperative (Written by ASCD Executive Director and CEO Gene R Carter).

Effective Strategies
Active Learning
How to engage students in inquiry learning—Students can discover their own paths to learning—a process known as inquiry learning. Former history teacher, Diana Laufenberg, shares several suggestions for accomplishing this process including the idea that teachers should be flexible, encourage curiosity among students, set ways for students to participate in class, and they should teach students, not subjects.

Key Elements of Project-Based Learning—Want to design a great PBL activity? Follow these step-by-step tips. (Education World)

Letting Go of Homework and Worksheets—Worksheets, workbooks, practice tests, and any other canned assignments stop students from learning and turn average teachers into weak ones. (ASCD)

Developing Self-Regulating Learners: The Critical Role of Feedback—Teachers can promote purposeful learning by asking three central questions that help students become self-regulating learners. (ASCD)

Three Strategies for Encouraging and Developing Student Voice—School leaders can take several important steps to incorporate student voice into their classrooms and schools. (ASCD)

Students with Disabilities
Webinar: RTI and Special Ed: How Are We Doing?—April 23 at 4:00 EDT (Scientific Learning)

Seventeen Ways to Teach Vocabulary Skills to Students With Special Needs. (ASCD)

Social Skills Lessons Boost Special Needs Students' Emotional Development—What Works Clearinghouse Research Review. (EdWeek)

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

Resources & Tools
Check out EdWeek’s full series of Spotlights, including an issue on Dropout Prevention

Free Common Core app organizes standards by grade level. (edudemic)

First lady announces new Web site to help students incorporate exercise into learning. (Let’s Move! Active Schools)

Writing Fix—high-quality writing lessons to increase student motivation for writing.

Classroom Support Toolbox to support teachers in their transition to Common Core Louisiana State Standards.

Stir Up a Character Analysis Recipe. Kids create character analysis "recipes" for characters in literature/history. (Grades 3-12)

Common Core Toolkit for Principals to use for their own professional development and as part of faculty meetings: Part 1, Focus on Transfer.

Is Your School Emotionally Safe? A Survey

April 2013
Financial Literacy Month
Alcohol Awareness Month
Autism Awareness Month
National Poetry Month
Mathematics Awareness Month
National Volunteer Week April 21 - 27
Earth Day April 22
Global Youth Service Day April 26 - 28

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