25th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

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

Conference Information
& Registration

Trends in AFGR, Dropout, and Funding

The National Dropout Prevention Center presents three profiles comparing U.S. state data over time in terms of changes in averaged freshman graduation rates (AFGR), dropout rates, and per student education funding. The good news is that many states are trending up with graduation rates and down with dropout rates. The bad news is that with cuts to education funding, progress may be threatened. Read on...

Crystal Star Award Nominations

Nominations for the National Dropout Prevention Network Crystal Star Awards of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention, and Prevention are now being accepted. We need your assistance in identifying and honoring outstanding programs and individuals in the field of dropout prevention. Please note that the deadline for submitting a nomination has been extended through Wednesday, July 31, 2013. The nomination forms may be found on the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Web site. If you have any questions, please contact John Gailer by email at jgailer@clemson.edu or by phone at 864-656-2675.

Sale of the Month

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Dropout Prevention
 by Malloy, J. M., & Hawkins, M. O. (Eds.)
This thorough presentation of the PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) model provides educators with a systemic approach to dropout prevention. In addition, results from implementation in several New Hampshire high schools illustrate its strengths. (2010).

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Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

Improved School Nutrition: A Strategic and Moral Imperative
Featured Guest: Ann G. Kulze, MD

Dr. Ann makes a compelling case for improved school nutrition and wellness as both a strategic educational imperative and a moral imperative. There is much to learn about the impact of good nutrition on school success.

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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
· Discipline, School Climate, and Graduation Rates
   —Policy Implications
· Creating a Community of Upstanders in Howard
   County, Maryland


Effective Strategies
Safe Learning Environments
NCES releases Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2012. Drawing from an array of sources, this report examines crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school and presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals.

A Community-Based Approach to Bullying.

Family Engagement
Parents' Guides to Student Success. The Parents’ Guides to Student Success were developed in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 45 states have adopted.

Active Learning
Changing Education with Active Learning. Teachers who want to increase engagement in the classroom, leverage the mind-body connection to increase academic performance, and increase students' physical and health literacy are applying Active Learning with their students. Attend this free webinar to learn about the role of Active Learning in changing education.

Individualized Instruction
Kids' Reading Success Boosted by Long-Term Individualized Instruction. According to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, students who consistently receive individualized reading instruction from first through third grade become better readers than those who don’t receive this instruction.

School-Community Collaboration
Everyone a Stakeholder: D. P. Cooper Elementary Leverages Rural Assets for Students and Community. Ask around South Carolina’s Pee Dee Region about D. P. Cooper and you’re likely to hear “Marching Band!” The Marching Lions' Band is one of many ways this small rural elementary school brings positive attention to its community and the community supports the school.


Top Stories
Kentucky governor finds additional money to supplement incentive grants for schools to raise the dropout rate. Governor Steve Beshear has found an additional $350,000 to entice school districts to raise their dropout age from 16 to 18.

Opening Doors is Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett’s initiative to increase the graduation rate and open the doors of educational opportunity to Pennsylvania students. Through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, an Early Warning System and Interventions Catalog tool is being developed that will help middle schools identify the students at risk of dropping out and match them with resources in their communities to address issues that cause them to disengage from school. See also Dropout Prevention Summit Report

Study indicates that charter schools are improving in some areas. An updated version of a widely cited study from Stanford University that found many students in charter schools were not performing as well as those in neighborhood public schools now shows that in a few states, charter schools are improving in some areas.


Media
Teachers Talk Policy. This video features teachers from across the United States who are members of new teacher-voice organizations and fellowships—groups whose missions involve getting more teachers' voices heard in education policy discussions. They share their views on current education policies and express why it's important for policymakers to consider the opinions of teachers.

The Dropout (1962).
Leaving School: The Dropout (1963). Two educational films from the 1960s illustrate that many of the difficulties in assessing the causes and consequences of dropping out of high school 50 years ago persist.

Three students who dropped out of Chicago high schools found a path to graduation at a Youth Connection Charter School—a network of schools that specialize in serving recovered dropouts or students at high risk of not earning a diploma.


Policy
Kline and Rokita Introduce Legislation to Rewrite No Child Left Behind.

Deadline Near With No Deal on Loan Rates for Students. With only five days before interest rates on student loans are scheduled to double, the Senate majority leader rejected a proposed bipartisan solution that has now scrambled alliances and muddied political attacks for both sides.


International
Scottish Schools Focus on More Than Just Tests. In 2005, Scotland introduced the Curriculum for Excellence. While education in England became increasingly prescriptive—with public debate on precisely what students were expected to know and whether, for example, there ought to be a greater focus on kings and queens, or the history of the British empire—the Scottish decided to pay more attention to how subjects were taught.


Students with Disabilities
Rethinking the Special Education Due Process System. This study is the first in an AASA series that addresses issues that AASA has identified with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The study is based on a survey of 200 randomly selected school superintendents from large and small urban, suburban, and rural school districts across the country.


Events
Frames for Change: Approaches for Engaging Youth in School and Community. Join the Institute on Community Integration for a free, one-day event to share proven approaches for engaging youth in school and community, including service-learning, leadership development, student engagement, youth entrepreneurship, and transition planning. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Martin Brokenleg of Reclaiming Youth International and co-author of Reclaiming Youth At Risk: Our Hope for the Future.

Check & Connect Comprehensive Implementation Training. Check & Connect is a student engagement and dropout prevention model used in schools and community organizations nationwide and adapted by several American Indian communities.

Trauma-Informed Practices in School Discipline. The seventh webinar in the Supportive School Discipline Webinar series will examine the impact of exposure to trauma on student behavior and explore some trauma-informed school discipline policies and practices.


Funding
Travelers insurance company believes a quality education can break down barriers for underrepresented students and provide limitless long-term opportunity. Travelers supports initiatives that improve academic and career success for underrepresented youth, specifically targeted at public schoolchildren in grades 5 through 12 and in transition to postsecondary education.

The Fender Music Foundation makes the gift of music available to people across the country by providing resources for music education programs. Grants are awarded to schools, local music programs, and national music programs across the United States.

The LEGO Children’s Fund will provide quarterly grants for programs, either in part or in total, with special interest paid to collaborative efforts and in providing matching funds to leverage new dollars into the receiving organization.


Resources & Tools
OpenClass Exchange Launches with Thousands of Curated Resources. Educators can now search and access a wide range of free, curated content to add to and enrich course curricula including eTextbooks; course resources; assessments; articles; audio clips; videos from YouTube EDU, Khan Academy, and TED Ed; and born-digital courses created from scratch to optimize technology.

Preventing the Summer Slide.

The College & Career Readiness & Success Center partners with the American Youth Policy Forum, the College Board, Quill Research Associates, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, and the Forum for Youth Investment to help states and other stakeholders better inform, align, and support efforts to ensure that all students are ready for success in college and careers.

www.brilliant.org A Web site for math and science problem solving.


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