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Dropout Prevention Update
February 2014 - Vol.14 No. 1

Dear Subscriber,

Summary for February

  1. The 26th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM Read more
  2. 2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities Read more
  3. Solutions to the Dropout Crisis (Episode #51) Read more
  4. Sale of the Month: Partners in Prevention: Involving College Students in Dropout Prevention Purchase | Find out more
  5. Suggested Reading From Our NDPC/N Research Fellows Read more
  6. Top Stories Read more
  7. Effective Strategies and more...

26th Annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM

"Providing Hope and Support In and Beyond the Classroom"

February 16-19, 2014

Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC

Conference Information



2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities

"Building Engaging Educational Communities for Native Students"

April 27 - 30, 2014

Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel, Prior Lake, MN

Get conference information, propose to present, register to exhibit, and/or register to attend here.


Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

"The Life-Changing Impact of Life Skills Instruction"

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Our presenter, Erin Capone, is Executive Director of Community for Education Foundation, which was founded in 1992 to bring life skills instruction to every child. The organization's Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program is an award-winning program used by tens of thousands of educators across the country to improve the lives of millions of students.

Participation in this webcast is free and no registration is required. The program will be archived in its entirety on our Web site. On the day of the webcast, sign on early to ensure your connection. Link to the broadcast at www.dropoutprevention.org/webcast. (Note that this broadcast was originally scheduled for February but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.)


Sale of the Month

Partners in Prevention: Involving College Students in Dropout Prevention

Duckenfield, M., & Brown, S.

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network is pleased to offer this publication at a reduced price. Learn how college students can play a significant role in meeting the needs of youth at risk.

This book retails for $7, but is available for $4 for the month of February. Order now.


Suggested Reading From Our NDPC/N Research Fellows

In celebration of National Career and Technical Education (CTE) month, NDPC/N Research Fellows, Rob Shumer and Terry Pickeral, recommend reading related to CTE, including Arne Duncan's recent blog, where he points out that students in the 21st Century will need "flexibility and ingenuity to thrive in jobs that haven't even been invented yet!"

Also recommended is a recent book by James R. Stone and Morgan V. Lewis, College and Career Ready in the 21st Century: Making High School Matter, which makes a strong case for CTE. NDPC/N recently worked with the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) on some of this CTE research. This book is available in most retail outlets.

In South Dakota, Gov. Dennis Daugaard renewed his commitment to CTE by allocating $5 million in grants to fund CTE programs in high school, among other initiatives. "CTE is at the intersection of education and economic development," Daugaard said.

Center for Public Education Director, Patte Barth, also recently remarked on CTE's integral role, in this case, in meeting the new demands of the Common Core.


Top Stories

President Obama Announces his Intent to Appoint Fifteen Individuals to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. This Commission is charged with strengthening the nation by improving educational outcomes for African Americans to ensure that all African Americans receive an education that prepares them for college, productive careers, and satisfying lives.

Latina high school students who have Latina and Latino teachers and counselors as role models have a significantly better chance of educational success, a report from the UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles finds. Commissioned by the Eva Longoria Foundation, Making Education Work for Latinas in the U.S. (78 pages, PDF) found that involvement in extracurricular activities, high parental expectations, good math scores in elementary school, and being bilingual also contributed to high school graduation and college degree attainment. Download the report.


Effective Strategies

Early Childhood Education

Math Struggles Start Even Before Kindergarten. New data from the state of Washington's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) suggest that math problems start before children line up for their first day of kindergarten.

School-Community Collaboration

Teachers, Community Groups Partner to Enhance Lessons. Conservatory Prep is one of many high schools working with community organizations to enhance the learning experience. Getting students outside of the classroom makes classroom concepts sink in, says Wendy Hirsch Weiner, the school's principal.

Family Engagement

Helping Your Student Plan for College and a Career. Preparation is the key to success in any task, and preparing for success in college and careers should start as early as possible. This is not a task that children can do alone: A parent's guidance and direction is needed.

Educational Technology

Technology Trends for Teachers to Try in 2014. There is no shortage of tools to help teachers engage students. Here are three tech trends teachers can try in 2014.

Active Learning

What's Happening to Cooperative Learning? Cooperative learning is a highly structured educational model where each member is not only responsible for learning an individual concept, but also for educating other group members about it.

Systemic Renewal

Julia Steiny: The Education Non-System Sets Kids Up for Failure. While debates about standards still burn out of control, "readiness" has become a hot topic. Wherever the standard or benchmark lies, what does a kid need to be ready to meet it? What prepares a kid to be work ready? Ready for college? Ready for high school? We've hit a wall with beating up kids, teachers, and schools for failing to meet standards, so now pundits are looking upstream to understand what could be improved before students drop out of high school or postsecondary training.


Among the education topics discussed during President Obama's recent State of the Union speech, the President recommitted to making high quality pre-K available to every four-year-old, connecting 99% of students to high-speed broadband over the next four years, and redesigning high schools to offer more real-world education and hands-on training. The President laid out an agenda (see fact sheet) that emphasizes a commitment to equity and opportunity for all citizens. For pieces directly related to education, see education excerpts from the U.S. Department of Education blog site.


The U.S. could learn from South Korean schools. In any high school in the United States, it would be a routine question met with a routine answer. But here in South Korea, ask a principal for her school's dropout rate and then stand back.

South Korea's schools: long days, high results. For South Korean teenagers a double shift of school, every weekday, is just a way of life.


Spencer Foundation Invites Proposals for Education Research Projects. Grants of up to $350,000 will be awarded to individual scholars for proposals that ask critical questions about how education can more effectively contribute to the civic development of young people.

Deadline: 4/29/2014

Resources & Tools

February is African American History Month, and February 17 is Presidents' Day. The Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) Web site offers more than 1,500 free teaching and learning resources from dozens of federal agencies, including 140 resources specifically highlighted for these events.

February is also National Magnet School Awareness Month and, as already mentioned, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. Click on the links for more information.


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