25th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

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

Conference Information
& Registration

Additional Professional Development Opportunities:

26th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM
February 16-20, 2014
"Providing Hope and Support In and Beyond the Classroom"
Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities
April 27-30, 2014
"Building Engaging Educational Communities for Native Students"
Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel, Prior Lake, Minnesota

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

The Good News About Cheating
September 24, 2013
3:30 - 4:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time
Our Guest will be Teddi Fishman, who directs the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), a consortium of approximately 250 colleges, universities, and schools. This session will focus on the positive work being done in this area to help students and schools develop cultures of integrity.

Webcast Information

Sale of the Month

The Principal's Role in Dropout Prevention: Seven Key Principles
by Edwards, S., & Edwards, R.
The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network is pleased to offer this publication at a reduced price. A principal, effective with students at risk, shares his strategies for successful school leadership.

Ordering Information

Is Your School up to PAR?

Are your trend lines for student achievement for each subgroup of students meeting your goals? Are you satisfied with parent/community involvement in your school? Do you have evidence that proactive, appropriate, and varied interventions are in place and are monitored to support struggling students? Your answers to these and other questions may signal that your school or school district is due a Program Assessment and Review (PAR). This process from the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) can help you identify issues, review recommended solutions, and begin an action plan to turn things around. Browse this overview and contact NDPC/N (phone: 864-656-2599; email: ndpc@clemson.edu) for further details or to schedule a PAR.
Your input is requested regarding
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. We’ll share the results of this nationwide survey in a future e-newsletter.

Top Stories
Education Chief: Maybe Start School Later in Day. A later start to the school day could help teenagers get the most from their classroom time and local districts should consider delaying the first bell, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said last week.

Guesses and Hype Give Way to Data in Study of Education. The Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, is seeing increasingly more data resulting from the use of a method that has transformed medicine, the randomized clinical trial, in which groups of subjects are randomly assigned to get either an experimental therapy, the standard therapy, a placebo, or nothing.

Graduations on the Rise. During most of the last century, steady increases in the proportion of the labor force graduating from high school fueled the nation’s economic growth and rising incomes.

Effective Strategies
Family Engagement
Parent and Family Involvement in Education, from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2012. The National Center for Education Statistics created this report, which presents data on students in the United States attending kindergarten through grade 12. The main focus of the report is on parent and family involvement in the students’ education during the 2011–12 school year as reported by the students' parents.

REL Midwest Making Connections: Dropout Prevention Strategies. Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest at American Institutes for Research and Wisconsin Public Television present this program for viewers to gain a better understanding of research-based strategies that can be implemented in schools and communities to prevent students from dropping out.

Utilizing the Village: Effective Reengagement and Recovery Programming in Rural Communities. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education with support from Jobs for the Future, Utilizing the Village: Building Support for Students' Success in Rural Communities is a three-part webinar series that focuses on rural dropout prevention and recovery.

States Granted Waivers From No Child Left Behind Allowed to Reapply for Renewal for 2014 and 2015 School Years. The U.S. Department of Education announced in late August that states whose waivers from certain provisions of federal education law will expire at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, will soon be able to request renewals of their reform plans for up to two more years.

Congress Aims to Revamp Child-Care Grant Program. For more than two decades, Congress and the states have poured billions of dollars into a huge child-care block grant program, with the aim of helping low-income parents join or return to the workforce. Now, as part of a long-stalled effort to renew the program, Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate are hoping to add a new twist: an emphasis on the quality and safety of the programs children are entering.

Teachers protest new Mexico education reform. Tens of thousands of teachers have demonstrated in Mexico City, many pledging to disobey an education reform passed by Congress and championed by President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Giving Kids Bikes Can Reduce Drop-Out Rates. A hipster-esque solution to a tough problem in India proves surprisingly effective.

Building Rural Capacity to Implement New Education Reforms. In this webinar, rural sociologist and education researcher Professor Kai Schafft will discuss rural sociocultural dynamics, how such dynamics arise, and how they might manifest in rural school districts. He will then explore issues state departments of education may want to consider as they assist rural districts, and engage participants in discussion about some of their own work with rural education agencies.

WKKF announces family engagement investment to identify and expand promising efforts that support early childhood educational success. Organizations that have developed effective family engagement models that address obstacles faced by low-income families are encouraged to send initial submissions for possible funding of up to $500,000 for one to three years.

The U.S. Department of Education released the final application for the second Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) competition, which will provide approximately $280 million in state-level competitive grants to improve the quality of early learning and development programs and close educational gaps for children with high needs.

Resources & Tools
LearnBIG is a collection of online educational resources.
Ed Surge lists 16 different adaptive learning software tools.
Ed Surge lists 12 different individualized learning software tools.

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