25th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

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

Conference Information
& Registration
NDPC/N aims to make conferences the best experiences for attendees, exhibitors, and presenters. On evaluations of our 2012-2013 conferences in Orlando, Myrtle Beach, and Kansas City, on a scale of 1-5, 77% of all attendee responses were 5 out of 5, the highest possible ratings on questions ranging from dollar value, practical benefit, relevance to job, quality of sessions, networking opportunities,... Read On.

2012 Annual Impact Report

Read a summary of Center and Network activities in the 2012 NDPC/N Impact Report. We would appreciate any feedback on this new report which is planned to be an annual product. Send comments to ndpc@clemson.edu

NDPC/N Impact Report

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Beyond the Bully Pulpit: The Mayor's Role in Dropout Prevention
 by E.M. Lambert, Jr.
Learn how elected officials, in particular mayors, can be engaged in dropout prevention and what school officials and citizens can do to engage their elected officials.

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National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Newsletter

School Climate Reform
Volume 23, Number 4
· School Climate Improvement: An Important Process
· A Brief on the School Climate Research
· The Albert Gallatin Area School District
· Book Review: Handbook of Prosocial Education (2012)
· Discipline, School Climate, and Graduation Rates—Policy Implications
· Creating a Community of Upstanders in Howard County, Maryland
Implementing and Sustaining Character Education/School Climate Improvement Efforts: Guidelines, Tools and Related Resources
In order to improve and create more effective resources, The National School Climate Center in partnership with the Character Education Partnership and the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network are invested in assessing and understanding educators' professional learning resources and needs in two ways:
  1. What policy resources, practice guidelines, best practices, tools and/or leadership training have you found most helpful to support effective implementation efforts and/or to sustain school climate improvement efforts?
  2. What kinds of policy resources, practice guidelines, best practices, tools and/or leadership training do you believe will be most helpful to you to advance a policy agenda?
Please consider sharing your priorities by taking this 5-minute survey.

Effective Strategies
School-Community Collaboration
Student Support System Key to Communities In Schools Success. This recommended reading from our NDPC Fellows comes from Terry Pickeral, who suggested the article about how Communities In Schools of Cape Fear, NC, helps support students.

Educational Technology
America's Students are Waiting. Over 40 million students are waiting for access to digital learning and equal access to compelling curricula and great teachers. Read some reasons why this is a problem in 80% of America’s schools, why this is a concern, and what can be done to upgrade schools.

Early Childhood Education
Increasing Access to High-Quality Early Childhood Education. A state-by-state guide to the The U.S. Department of Educations's Early Childhood Education Initiative.

Top Stories
A major new report from the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University summarizes five years of data collection and analyses on the effects of South Carolina’s statewide, career-focused Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) on students and Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at eight high schools in South Carolina.

The College Race. Dr. Eurmon Hervey, Chair of the NDPN Board of Directors, has written an article for the Huffington Post which comments on the preparedness of college freshmen.

The Condition of Education. This annual report and companion Web site from the National Center of Education Statistics summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data.

Communities In Schools Launches a Major Research Study of Dropout Prevention. A randomized control trial will study more than 2,000 students in five communities to measure the effectiveness of dropout prevention models.

Hispanic High School Graduates Pass Whites in Rate of College Enrollment. A record seven-in-ten (69%) Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate (67%) among their white counterparts, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling of Achievement for Low-Income Students and Students of Color. This Education Trust report highlights that while gaps between student groups have narrowed over time at the below basic level of performance, gaps at the advanced level have widened. And among higher income groups, gap-widening between white students and students of color is more pronounced.

Promoting Data in the Classroom: Innovative State Models and Missed Opportunities. This report explores the use of student achievement data to improve classroom instruction.

Marty Duckenfield, public information director of the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University, speaks with former NASA astronaut, Colonel (ret.) Pat Forrester, who is working on a new mission with Clemson University to launch students into the STEM study fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning. Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) engages students and improves achievement. Explore classroom practices that make up the most effective SEL programs.

What should America do about its disastrous high school dropout rate? In this TED Talks Education presentation, Sir Ken Robinson looks not only at what’s going wrong in high schools, but how to put it right. As it happens, the solution is not a mystery; but putting it into practice will involve a major shift in current policies.

A Stronger Middle Class Leads to More Investment in Postsecondary Education. The Center for American Progress investigates how we are underinvesting in education because the middle class has weakened and no longer has the political power necessary to translate its desires into actions. And this underinvestment threatens our economic competitiveness as more students are priced out of college and other countries surpass us in educational attainment.

Trends Shaping Education 2013. The OECD'S Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) educational trends are based on high-quality international data, primarily from the OECD, the World Bank, and the United Nations.

Students with Disabilities
Join the Conversation to Improve Transition from School to Work for Youth with Disabilities. The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Social Security Administration, is hosting the first-ever national online dialogue to help shape federal agency strategies for helping young people with disabilities successfully transition from school to work.

Diplomas at Risk: A Critical Look at the Graduation Rate of Students with Learning Disabilities. Diplomas at Risk helps parents, educators, and policymakers understand what they can do to make sure every child with learning disabilities graduates.

Collaborative Mentoring Webinar Series: Ensuring Program Sustainability. If more than 30% of your mentoring program is funded by only one source, you are already in crisis mode. The solution: Diversify!

Mark your calendar for the next Solutions to the Dropout Crisis broadcast! Dr. Ann (Ann Kulze, MD), a physician, best-selling author, and motivational speaker, will be joining us to talk about Improved School Nutrition: A Strategic and Moral Imperative.

National Association of Secondary School Principals & MetLife Foundation - Breakthrough Schools. The goal of the project is to identify, recognize, and showcase middle level and high schools that serve large numbers of students living in poverty and are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement.

U.S. Department of Education: School Leadership Program. This program provides grants to support the development, enhancement, or expansion of innovative programs to recruit, train, and mentor principals (including assistant principals) for high-need LEAs.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) seeks to enhance the ability of the Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, Mental Health, and Education Systems to share information that will facilitate the provision of services and ensure better outcomes for children, youth, and families.

The US Airways Education Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations to support children’s educational programs.

Resources & Tools
Recommended Reading for Teens with LD. Books by, about, and for young and older teens with learning disabilities offer readers valuable stories and guidance.

How to Beat Summer Learning Loss. Summer learning loss is a well-documented phenomenon, with students losing between one and two months' worth of academic knowledge each summer

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