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Dropout Prevention Update
March 2014 - Vol.14 No. 2

Dear Subscriber,

Summary for March

  1. 2014 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities
  2. 2014 Diploma Plan Institute
  3. Solutions to the Dropout Crisis (Episode #52)
  4. Sale of the Month: Partners in Prevention: Involving College Students in Dropout Prevention
  5. Suggested Reading from our NDPC/N Research Fellows
  6. Top Stories
  7. Effective Strategies and more

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 Hotel, Prior Lake, MN

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

2014 Diploma Plan Institute

June 18-20, 2014

Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC

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

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

"How to Create and Sustain World Class Alternative Schools"

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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

Our presenter, Bob Eichorn, is the Principal of New Directions Alternative Education Center in Manassas, Virginia. He has 24 years of school-based experience in alternative education. His Crystal Star award winning program will share best practices for creating, developing, and sustaining successful alternative programs and schools. Individualized, blended, and articulated instructional practices will be presented which engage students, promote resilience, and emphasize transferable skills to the world of work and post-baccalaureate educational opportunities.

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

Sale of the Month

Partners in Prevention: Involving College Students in Dropout Prevention

By: Duckenfield, M., & Brown, S.

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

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

Something to Think About, From Our NDPC/N Research Fellows

Could the students in your school apply their genius to determine how to reduce dropout rates? How about helping with plans to make content and pedagogy more relevant to their lives? Could they help to identify and reduce the causes of disrespect and bullying in our schools? Read this blog, The Genius Bar in Schools: Students, by Research Fellow Terry Pickeral, of Cascade Educational Consultants.

Top Stories

Parents, Teachers, Colleges Evaluating AP Course Loads. "The relentless marketing effort by many principals to place a greater number of kids into a greater number of AP classes—all in a single semester, as early in a student's career as possible—is backfiring," said Mary Ellen Pease, a co-founder of Advocates for Better Course Choices in Baltimore County Public Schools.

English Learners an Asset for Global, Multilingual Future. Educating speakers of other languages in English, and encouraging mastery of multiple languages, has long been important to America's competitiveness—and will be increasingly vital in the years to come.

Effective Strategies

Systemic Renewal
U.S. Department of Education Announces Awards to 6 States and District of Columbia to Continue Efforts to Turn Around Lowest-Performing Schools. Those receiving these new awards are: Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Mississippi, Nebraska, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Early Childhood Education
The Perks of Preschool: Why Early Education is Vital. In studies of the US educational system, data points overwhelmingly toward the notion that when it comes to preschool, the benefits are enormous.

Daily Inspiration: Service Learning Enriches Students and Community. The completion of a service learning project is not intended to provide answers but rather to explore the questions that will inspire students to commit themselves to lives of social action.

After-School Opportunities
Can Home Visits by Teachers Improve Education? This new wave seeks to narrow the teacher-parent divide while providing glimpses at the factors that shape student learning before and after the school bells ring, and unlike home visit programs that focus on truants and troublemakers, or efforts aimed exclusively at early childhood.

Active Learning
Are Gifted Students Being Challenged Enough? "We're in an extended period where gifted kids are an afterthought at best," Smarick says. ?These students are at risk for dropping out of school if they are not challenged enough.?

Educational Technology
In New Jersey, Virtual Learning Fills Snow Days. Classrooms are more electronically connected than ever before, and schools across the country are exploring the possibility of using a virtual classroom as a way to continue learning despite bad weather.

Three Tips for Planning 'Digital Learning Day' Lessons.  Teachers are slowly getting hip to the tech teens are so familiar with, but there is much more educators can do to bring their classrooms into the 21st century.

Bookmark this Web site, http://www.digitalliteracy.gov/, as a resource for digital literacy resources. It includes links to a Gmail tutorial, Codeacademy, and iSeek (a career skills assessment tool), among other resources. Included also are stories of how digital literacy is being promoted in schools and communities.

Common Sense Media offers free curriculum materials for K-8 grade levels to address digital literacy and citizenship topics. The Web site also includes materials, including videos, appropriate for grades 9-12.

School-Community Collaboration
Read the February 2014 Child Trends report and summary white paper on integrated student supports (ISS) to learn about research and evidence of effectiveness of ISS, what most ISS models have in common, and how ISS works. Findings indicate that there is emerging evidence base to support the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of ISS in improving educational outcomes, particularly decreases in grade retention and dropout, and increases in attendance, math achievement and overall GPA. ISS, with its whole child perspective and multiple provider support components, is estimated to reach 1.5 million students in 3,000 schools nationwide. Nearly all the programs target at-risk children. Communities In Schools is the nation?s largest ISS provider.

Safe Learning Environments
A teacher's use of index cards to prevent bullying has become a viral sensation after the parents of one of her fifth-graders came to class and discovered her tactic, as seen on Today.com.


New ED Blog Spotlights Current Education Transformations. The U.S. Department of Education has launched a new online resource, PROGRESS, to highlight state and local innovative ideas, promising practices, lessons learned, and resources informed by the implementation of K-12 education reforms.


If your school serves high-risk youth, learn about and take part in a survey from Reaching At-Promise Students Association (RAPSA) and Momentum Strategy & Research (MSR) to build a database focusing on measuring educational quality, target setting, and accountability for students not well represented by traditional measures of academic success.  The database will be used in research and policymaking. An early goal will be to provide schools, districts, authorizers, and state education agencies with the typical performance of high-risk students across the country on specific measures--allowing for informed target setting in both internal and external accountability. 


India's President Mukherjee's Challenges Country's Higher Ed System. If only India can discover the will and leadership to improve, it can be a world leader in education, said President Pranab Mukherjee last week.


The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education/Department of Education has announced two grant opportunities:  the Alaska Native Education (ANE) program (Program # 66071) and the Native Hawaiian Education (NHE) program (Program # 67630), to support innovative projects that enhance the educational services provided to Alaska Native children and adults and Native Hawaiian children and adults, respectively.
Deadline(s): 04/21/2014


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