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Dropout Prevention Update

From the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
October 2016—Vol. 16, No. 10

Registration Open! Submit a Proposal to Present and/or Register to Attend the 2017 At-Risk Youth National FORUM

2017 At-Risk Youth Natinal FORUM CFP

"Connections That Build Resilience and Success"

February 19–22, 2017

Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation

Myrtle Beach, SC

Visit NDPC/N’s Conferences and Events page to register and/or submit your proposal to present at the 2017 At-Risk Youth National FORUM. The theme is “Connections That Build Resilience and Success.” We’re highlighting in particular those extracurricular, outside-of-core-academic relationships that are so important in dropout prevention. Come share your story and hear from others, including Clemson University head football coach, Dabo Swinney (with multiple national coach of the year awards); Coastal Carolina Head Coach, Gary Gilmore (also with numerous coach of the year awards); the “Connection Coach,” Tara Brown; and inspirational speaker, Principal Baruti Kafele. Submit a proposal before October 30, 2016 here. For more information, link to http://dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2017-at-risk-youth-national-forum/


Diploma Planning Institute

2016 WV DPI

October 26–27, 2106

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Robert Mollohan Research Center

Fairmont, WV 26554

The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) and RESA 7 are pleased to offer an effective and affordable dropout prevention planning event for districts and schools. The Diploma Planning Institute (DPI) is a two-day working event that guides school teams through a process that yields a practical graduation rate improvement plan with locally specific action steps that can be implemented in the coming school year. The DPI is designed for teams of three to five staff members to include principals, counselors, teachers, and central office personnel. During the two-day event, school teams will consider local data and challenges, review research-based dropout prevention interventions, and develop locally specific plans that can be integrated with existing school improvement plans and immediately activated. The fee is $275 per person and registration includes all conference materials and two lunches. The interactive nature of the DPI requires us to limit the number of participants, and registration can be completed here.

Save the Dates for

2017 Native and Tribal Communities Conference

2017 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities

April 9–12, 2017

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center

Scottsdale, AZ

The Call for Proposals to present is now open. Registration will open soon. For more information, link to http://dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2017-national-forum-dropout-prevention-native-tribal-communities/


Reaching The Wounded Student Conference

June 25–28, 2017

Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL


The Freshman Success Conference: Strong Start - Successful Finish

June 25–28, 2017

Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, FL


2017 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

October 22–25, 2017

Palm Springs, CA

October is National Dropout Prevention Month

Download resources from NDPC/N you can use to promote National Dropout Prevention Month at http://dropoutprevention.org/octoberresources. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily tweets and talking points.

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

NDPC/N 30th

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network’s 30th Anniversary Celebration will be celebrated on Monday, October 24, 2016. Drop in our offices at 209 Martin Street, Clemson, SC any time between 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET. The program will begin at 3:00 PM ET. If you can’t attend, the program will be live streamed beginning at 2:45 PM ET.

What Is a Diploma Planning Institute?


Does your school or school district want to or need to develop a dropout prevention plan? NDPC/N has developed a highly successful workshop called The Diploma Planning Institute (DPI), which is designed to help teams from schools/districts/states work on written dropout prevention plans. Consider joining us at our upcoming West Virginia DPI October 26-27, 2016. More information can be found here. For more information on this service, visit NDPC/N’s webpage http://dropoutprevention.org/diploma-planning-institute/ or contact NDPC/N (864-656-2599) or ndpc@clemson.edu for additional details or to arrange a DPI for your state or region.

What Is the National Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification Program?

Specialist Certifiation Program

Join a growing army of educators and practitioners identified as working with and/or on behalf of students at risk of dropping out of school. The National Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification Program is founded on NDPC/N’s research-based effective strategies, known youth risk factors, professional learning participation, and field implementation of acquired knowledge. This certification verifies and strengthens dropout prevention experience and expertise, and facilitates networking with others equally dedicated to dropout prevention. Visit http://dropoutprevention.org/services-certifications/national-dropout-prevention-specialist-certification-program/ for more information or to register for the certification program, or contact us at ndpc@clemson.edu with any questions. NDPC/N has begun posting our new certification program completers on our website. Click here to see and read about some of the first certification recipients—a celebrated group indeed!

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

“Applying NDPC/N’s 15 Effective Strategies Through a DPI”

Aired October 11, 2016

Click here to view the webcast.

October Solutions

Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, presents a brief introduction to NDPC/N’s 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention. Then, to illustrate effective application of the strategies, Dr. Addis interviews three individuals who have been a part of a Diploma Planning Institute (DPI) that presents the strategies as a means of increasing graduation rates. During the interviews,

  • Dr. Mark Wilson, education consultant and 2009 National Principal of the Year, presents the need for focused dropout prevention initiatives designed to address schools’ and districts’ specific needs.
  • Dr. Alicia Dunn, Guidance Coordinator for the Clayton County (GA) School District, provides firsthand insights into the organization, effort, and buy-in from stakeholders necessary to implement an effective plan to increase graduation rates.
  • Dr. Lateshia Woodley, Principal of McClarin Success Academy, an alternative school that is a part of the Fulton County School System in Atlanta, GA, discusses her team’s journey in taking their school’s graduation rate from 19% to over 60% in three years.

Just as no two students are alike, no two schools or districts are alike either. This Solutions to the Dropout Crisis webcast presents a means to address graduation rates by tailoring the 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention to specific situations. You’ll learn that while there truly is no one size fits all for dropout prevention, there are success stories that provide the inspiration when stakeholders are willing to provide the perspiration!

Viewing our Solutions webcasts is always free, and no registration is required. Tune in the second Tuesday of each month at 3:30 PM ET for new Solutions to the Dropout Crisis, sponsored by K12 Inc. and FuelEducation.


NDPC/N is considering some format changes to Solutions to the Dropout Crisis. If you have a few minutes to provide feedback on how and why you use Solutions, please click HERE to take part in a brief survey. We hope to make Solutions even more useful to you, and your input is GREATLY appreciated.

2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

Thanks to all who attended the 2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference in Detroit, MI, October 2-5, 2016. Be sure to check this link to view our wrap-up video. Congrats to our 2016 Crystal Star Awards of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention, and Prevention program and individual winners. Read more about these individuals and programs here.

Youth Engagement

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Research Fellows are increasing their focus on the topic of youth engagement (in school and community) and how youth engagement relates to dropout prevention and graduation rate improvement. Along those lines, the Dropout Prevention Update eNewsletter plans to bring at least one article related to that topic to your attention each month. Student Engagement

The NDPC/N is proud to present a new paper titled Weaving Student Engagement Into the Core Practices of Schools: A National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Position Paper. The paper’s authors are two NDPC/N Research Fellows, Terry Pickeral and Rob Shumer, along with colleagues Anderson Williams and Teri Dary. It is available to download at http://dropoutprevention.org/resources/major-research-reports/. Network members will be receiving hard copies in the next quarterly mailing. The authors describe a continuum of student engagement from participation to voice to leadership to full engagement. They give reasons to weave student engagement into all school activities and also give some practical ways to make that happen. A two-page issue brief is also available for download at the same link. Look for more to come on this topic.

Top Stories

In addition to the Weaving Student Engagement Into the Core Practices of Schools position paper and issue brief described above, NDPC/N recently authored another issue brief, Improving High School Rates Among Males of Color: Trends, Findings, and Recommendations, through collaboration with the Moriah Group and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in conjunction with RWJF’s Forward Promise initiative. The paper, co-authored by Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, is one of seven issue briefs from the RWJF initiative. Links to all seven of the issue briefs can be found on our website as well as information on how to register to attend three related webinars: “Getting In, Staying In: Boys of Color in Early Childhood Education” on October 21, “The High School Finish Line: Pathways to Graduation for Boys/Young Men of Color” on November 14, and “Boys & Young Men of Color: Facing Trauma, Finding Healing and Wellbeing” on December 12–each scheduled for 3:00 PM ET. National Dropout Prevention Network members will receive hard copies of the new publications from NDPC/N in the next mail out.

Effective Strategies

Safe Learning Environments

Thanks to Dr. Amy Milsom, Professor of Counselor Education, Clemson University, for sending links to four helpful resources related to school shootings or other violence which students may witness or be exposed to and some steps to be proactive towards school safety.

And thanks to Amy also for reminding us that school counselors are great resources for students and staff.

Family Engagement

An eight-page publication, Engaging Parents, Developing Leaders: A Self-Assessment and Planning Tool for Nonprofits and Schools, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation includes an assessment and planning tool to help organizations evaluate their parent engagement efforts and move toward deeper partnerships with parents and caregivers. Included are instructions on how to use the results and some real-world strategies and programs that are working to boost parent engagement.

Active Learning

Doodle 4 Google Contest. Students in grades K-12 are invited to submit their own doodles that tell the world “what I see for the future” to be featured as a Google Doodle. The winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The contest is open from September 14 to December 2, 2016. Enter the contest here at https://doodles.google.com/d4g/?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=HPP1&utm_campaign=D4G2016

Career and Technology Education (CTE)

Browse resources to help teachers teach STEM content at http://stemteacherleadership.org/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term

Professional Development

With the enactment of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states, and districts have the opportunity to reimagine the way Title II, Part A funds can be used through driving innovation and building on evidence to better support educators. A new report from the U.S. Department of Education, Non-Regulatory Guidance for Title II, Part A: Building Systems of Support for Excellent Teaching and Leading, highlights some of the key areas where local leaders, SEAs, and LEAs can use their Title II, Part A funds more strategically and for greater impact. Investments in professional development can support workforce development through better preparation, mentorship and induction, increase diversity, and bolstering teacher leadership.

Call for Manuscripts

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network publishes two journals: The Journal of At-Risk Issues and ENGAGE: The International Journal of Research and Practice on Student Engagement. We are soliciting manuscripts to consider for publication. Link to our “Journals” Web page for more information on each journal’s focus and audience as well as “Call for Manuscripts” guidelines for each journal. Contact ndpc@clemson.edu with any general questions regarding these journals and submission guidelines.

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