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Dropout Prevention Update

From the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
June 2016—Vol. 16, No. 6

Register for

Reaching the Wounded Student

June 26–29, 2016

Embassy Suites Orlando-Lake Buena Vista South

Kissimmee, FL

2016 Reaching the Wounded Student Conference

Trauma-informed education is one of the hot topics in education today. Register to attend this event to be held near Orlando, FL, June 26-29, and learn how to identify and appropriately treat students who are victims of sporadic or chronic trauma, such as abuse, poverty, abandonment, or family instability, and how to incorporate trauma-informed education practices into your work. Conference strands include School Safety, Emotional Literacy, Counseling/Therapeutic Insights, Creating Community, Learning/Academic Achievement, and Practitioner Health and Well-Being. For more information and to register, link here: http://www.cvent.com/events/2016-reaching-the-wounded-student-conference/event-summary-35fc6704885e4b68b1e91917284c5664.aspx

Register for

Diploma Planning Institute

July 21–22, 2016

Jonesboro, GA

2016 DPI Georgia

Teams working on school or district dropout prevention plans are encouraged to register for the July 21-22 Diploma Planning Institute to be held in Jonesboro, GA. This workshop is open to all. Staff from NDPC/N will lead your team through a framework for dropout prevention and through the development of a locally specific action plan that can begin to be implemented immediately upon return from the workshop. Click here http://www.cvent.com/events/diploma-planning-institute/event-summary-119d571d7e1b460dad4fff494468bdd4.aspx to register and for more information.

Register for

2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

October 2–5, 2016

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Detroit, MI

2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

Register now for the 2016 Network conference. The call for proposals to present is also open through June 15. The focus of this conference will be youth engagement! Visit the 2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference page for a special invitation from motivational speaker Eric Thomas, to register for this event, or for more details. Keynoters include Russell Quaglia and Barrington Irving. Other planned activities include a pre-conference Teacher Hackathon, site visits, a Motown opening reception at the Mosaic Youth Theatre, a Tech Ed breakfast, and more than 75 breakout sessions in total including numerous youth-led sessions. Links to sponsorship information, the call for proposals to present, and hotel information can also be found on the conference page.

Save the Dates:

2017 Save the Date

2017 At-Risk Youth National FORUM!

February 19–22, 2017

Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation

Myrtle Beach, SC

What is a Diploma Planning Institute?


Over the past two years, NDPC/N has conducted more than a half-dozen Diploma Planning Institutes (DPI) in districts and states across the nation to help teams from schools/districts work on written dropout prevention plans. For more information on this service, visit www.dropoutprevention.org/diploma-planning-institute/; view a short video filmed during a summer 2015 DPI in Maine; and contact NDPC/N at 864-656-2599 or ndpc@clemson.edu for more details or to arrange a DPI for your state or region. An event open to all is planned for July 21-22, 2016, in Georgia. Link here or see the promotion above for more information on that DPI event.

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 (NDPS) 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. Go to this Web page for more information or contact us at ndpc@clemson.edu with any questions or to register for the certification program. NDPC/N has begun posting our new certification program completers on our Web site. Click here to see and read about the first group of certification recipients, a celebrated group indeed!

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

"Four Overview Perspectives on Engaging Students"

June 14, 2016

3:30–4:30 PM ET

June Solutions

This Solutions to the Dropout Crisis program presents a four-segment overview of techniques to keep students engaged in school. While there is no one-size-fits-all technique, these short segments will offer ideas and implications for student engagement that can be adopted and adapted in the full range of K-12 settings. Additional information regarding the techniques presented by each participant will be available through the participants’ Web sites.

  • Dr. and Mr. Pauley present an overview of the value of establishing positive relationships with students, and how to engage and motivate them to achieve measurable improvement in behavior and academic achievement.
  • Ms. Stacey DeWitt and Ms. Elayne Bennett remark on the “culture shift” that has subsequently redirected student motivation from intrinsic to extrinsic and the value of socio-emotional learning in engaging students as a result of this shift.
  • Dr. Jean Strait discusses e-service-learning as an effective student engagement practice using e-service-learning in the aftermath of the Katrina flooding as an example.
  • Ms. J Ross Parrelli engages students through mentorships designed to encourage students’ creativity through producing and performing hip hop combined with acquiring real-life business management skills.

Link here on the day of the broadcast to join us for this program. Viewing this webcast is 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.

Crystal Star Awards

The National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) Crystal Star Awards of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention, and Prevention initiative exists to bring national recognition to outstanding programs or individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the mission of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network. Nominations for the individual and program awards are currently open. For more information and the 2016 Nomination Packet, visit http://dropoutprevention.org/crystal-star-awards/. The deadline to nominate an individual or program is July 1, 2016. The Crystal Star Awards will be presented at the 2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference in Detroit.

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. An excellent example of how youth engagement can be enhanced through service-learning appears in the “Effective Strategies” section below.

We draw your attention to two recent blog posts from Terry Pickeral, an NDPC/N Research Fellow and the president of Cascade Educational Consultants. “Student Voice or Student Engagement?” highlights the importance of not just hearing student voices, but truly engaging each student and putting “voice into action.” “At-Risk or At Strength?” discusses the term “at-risk” and presents reasons to focus on “at-strength” instead.

We also recommend reading a classic from the National School Climate Center, “School Climate and Inclusion,” written by two students discussing inclusion. This brief includes questions to consider for school climate and inclusion as well as strategies for advancing inclusion for and with students.

Top Stories

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

Congratulations to the more than three million high school graduates of the Class of 2016! The NDPC/N commends these students for all of the hard work they’ve put in. And congratulations and thank you to the support staff, teachers, administrators, families, businesses, and communities that supported these students’ successes! Read this story of one high school principal who found a unique way to inspire and remind students every day of their earlier pledges to graduate high school and how through several such creative efforts, that school’s graduation rate has risen from less than 50% five years ago to 76% this year.


Effective Strategies

Safe Learning Environments

With the upcoming “Reaching the Wounded Student” conference in mind, you might want to acquaint yourself with the Center for Disease Control’s Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. The CDC’s ACE Study website lists studies on the linkages between adverse childhood experiences and many later outcomes. The study groups ACEs into three categories: abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. For a quick overview and a self-test, see this NPR article.

Educational Technology

Interested in flipping your classroom or creating video content to supplement your classroom curriculum to better engage and teach? This video discusses sources of curated video content and how to create your own content via video production.

Active Learning

A video with some tips and pointers on engaging students in active learning can be found here. The video lists several important strategies in the classroom: 1) start with learning objectives; 2) use multiple pedagogies; 3) leverage digital and analog tools; 3) increase access between instructor and students; and finally, 4) share strategies with others in a network.


ECS Report on Free and Compulsory Age Requirements

The Education Commission of the States (ECS) has published a report detailing the free and compulsory school age requirements for each of the 50 states and D.C. This report reveals how each state approaches age limitations for school attendance as well as compulsory attendance age requirements. The full report can be found here: http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/01/18/68/11868.pdf

International Notes

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A story about Chinese school children making a potentially deadly climb was picked up by multiple media outlets after a journalist took photos of this amazing occurrence. USA Today   published one such article showing the treacherous climb made by 15 Chinese children in the village of Atuler in order to get to the school at the top of the mountain. See photos and read the USA Today article here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/05/27/15-chinese-children-make-deadly-climb-school/85028318/

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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