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Dropout Prevention Update

From the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
November 2016—Vol. 16, No. 11

Webinar Today “The High School Finish Line: Pathways to Graduation for Boys/Young Men of Color” Sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in Collaboration With the Moriah Group 3:00–4:00 PM ET, November 14, 2016

@NDPCn #ForwardPromise

Moriah Group Webinar

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5003216989143872515 for this webinar featuring Dr. Sandy Addis, National Dropout Prevention Center/Network; Ms. Kisha Bird, CLASP; and Ms. Dwanna Nicole, Advancement Project. Panelists look at

  • impediments to high school graduation such as harsh school discipline,
  • strategies across the U.S. to support improvements in high school graduation and empower boys and young men of color, and
  • ways to reengage young men who have dropped out of school.

Register to Attend the 2017 At-Risk Youth National FORUM

2017 At-Risk Youth Natinal FORUM CFP

"All In for At-Risk Youth: 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 for the 2017 At-Risk Youth National FORUM. This year 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; Coastal Carolina head baseball coach, Gary Gilmore; the “Connection Coach,” Tara Brown; and inspirational speaker, Principal Baruti Kafele. FORUM events include pre-FORUM Workshops, networking opportunities, an athletic coaches’ luncheon, and the opportunity to obtain professional development CEUs. For more information, link to http://dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2017-at-risk-youth-national-forum/

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

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

NDPC/N 30th

Link to http://dropoutprevention.org/who-we-are/our-history/ to see pictures and videos from The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network’s recent 30th Anniversary celebration.

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. 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

"Systemic and Professional Development Approach to Dropout Prevention"

Aired on: November 8, 2016

Click here to view the webcast.

November Solutions

The Bering Strait School District in Alaska covers a land mass about the size of the entire state of Louisiana and serves 15 small, isolated Alaska Native communities. In 2010, Bering Strait School District’s graduation rate was 48%. Stakeholders in the district came together, applied for, and received a grant from the Alaska Native Education Equity Program through the U.S. Department of Education. In 2016, Bering Strait School District’s graduation rate was 79%.

In this Solutions webcast, Carolyn Heflin, from the Bering Strait School District, and Kelly Tonsmeire, from the Alaska Staff Development Network, presented

  • straightforward concepts for school and district administrators in system planning and implementation in the area of dropout prevention, and
  • manageable approaches for school and district administrators in professional development planning and implementation in the area of dropout prevention.

Look for more information to come on next month’s program, airing December 13 at 3:30 PM ET. This program will be part two from Alaska, and we’ll hear about efforts, challenges, and successes in the Lower Kuskokwim School District.

Viewing our Solutions webcasts is always free, and no registration is required. Tune in the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30–4:30 PM ET for new Solutions to the Dropout Crisis, sponsored by K12 Inc. and FuelEducation. All programs are archived at the same web link for later viewing as well.

Two New Reports From the National Dropout Prevention Center

Two new reports are available for download from NDPC/N at http://dropoutprevention.org/resources/major-research-reports/ Network members will be receiving hard copies of both in the next quarterly mailing.

RWFJ Paper

In Improving High School Graduation Rates Among Males of Color: Trends, Findings, and Recommendations, authors Addis and Withington examine trends and findings related to improving high school graduation rates among males of color. The issue brief is a part of Forward Promise, a $12 million commitment from RWJF that included the commissioning of seven issue briefs examining key barriers that limit health and success for boys and young men of color. Today’s related webinar (link located at the top of this eNewsletter) is another project from this effort.

Student Engagement

In Weaving Student Engagement Into the Core Practices of Schools: A National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Position Paper, authors Dary, Pickeral, Shumer, and Williams 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.

Rural Dropout Prevention Resources

The NDPC/N is devoting a dedicated section of our website to dropout prevention resources specifically related to rural settings. To begin, we are providing access to fourteen state videos produced through a recent U.S. Department of Education High School Graduation Initiative Rural Dropout Prevention Project. Link here (http://dropoutprevention.org/rural-dropout-prevention-resources/) to access the videos and look for more resources to be added to this part of the NDPC/N website.

Top Stories

Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2013, a report just released from NCES, includes detailed information on dropout and graduation indicators.

Achieve has published a new report, How the States Got Their Rates: 2015 Graduates, that analyzes state-by-state requirements and the 95 diploma options available for the class of 2015 across 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Two reports on reentry and recovery are highlighted in Russell Rumberger’s recent EdResearch enewsletter. Characteristics and Education Outcomes of Utah High School Dropouts Who Re-Enrolled, from IES’s REL West, concludes that while dropping out is not necessarily a permanent outcome, reenrollees as a group are at risk for poor graduation outcomes. Identifying and supporting dropouts who return for another chance to graduate can boost their chances to earn a diploma. Academic Outcomes for North Carolina Virtual Public School Credit Recovery Students, from REL Southeast, introduces some areas for discussion and future study related to online credit recovery options and their short- and long-term success outcomes.

Effective Strategies

Safe Learning Environments


From NPR Ed, a special series on the mental health crisis in our schools. Three articles and six related videos and slideshows can be found at http://www.npr.org/series/494272685/a-silent-epidemic-the-mental-health-crisis-in-our-schools. Photo from the August 31 article titled Mental Health In Schools: A Hidden Crisis Affecting Millions Of Students.

Helping Troubled Students, One Relationship at a Time, a recent article from Edutopia, offers some tips for building trust with students.

From the U.S. Department of Education’s eNewsletter, The Teacher Edition, 11/10/16, we’re pointed to an article from The 74 website. In “Eleven Things You Might Not Know About Teacher Retention and Turnover—But Should,” Matt Barnum presents 11 facts about teacher turnover, then analyzes the good, the bad, and some ways to affect change.

School-Community Collaboration

Who’s Minding the Neighborhood? The Role of Adult Capacity in Keeping Young People on a Path to Graduation, is new from the Center for Promise, America’s Promise Alliance. This brief explores whether the number of adults in a community results in lower rates of youth dropping out of school or making other poor decisions, in particular whether the ratio of adults (aged 24+) to school-aged youth affects the status dropout rate in metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. Findings include that a 1% increase in the adult-to-youth ratio in a community results in a 1% decrease in the rate of young people learning school; that the effect of the adult-to-youth ratio is amplified in neighborhoods comprised mostly of Black or African-American residents; that the effect is also amplified in higher-income communities; and that every adult, regardless of educational attainment, can play a role in keeping young people on a path to graduation.

Early Childhood Education

A U.S. Department of Education’s Twitter (@usedgov #preKforall) entry states that from 2009 to 2015, 31 states increased the percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled in state-funded preschool. Related statistics can be found at https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=516


Career and Technology Education (CTE)

In a recent Vocations and Learning journal article, “Preparing Students for College and Career in the United States—The Effects of Career-Themed Programs of Study on High School Performance,” NRCTEE researchers found that participation in career pathways programs of study improved students’ probability of graduation by more than 11%. Further, each additional CTE credit earned in a program of study increased students' probability of graduation by 4%.

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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