Dropout Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery News From NDPC/N

Vol 17, no 10 October 2017

Dropout Prevention Update

From the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
October 2017—Vol. 17, No. 10

Register Now!
2017 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

October 22–25, 2017
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel and Convention Center
Palm Springs, CA

2017 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

We are just a couple of weeks away from our 29th annual Network conference. Join us in Palm Springs to learn more about dropout prevention and career and technical education/workforce development, dropout prevention and arts/media/entertainment, dropout prevention and students and families of trauma, strategies for supporting migrant and undocumented students, and much more. It’s not too late to register. Follow the link for registration and hotel reservations. Visit www.dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2017-national-dropout-prevention-network-conference for more information. Thanks especially to Ford Motor Company Fund, Dollar General, and Cal State LA Charter College of Education for their support of this event.

2018 At-Risk Youth National FORUM

February 18–21, 2018
Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation
Myrtle Beach, SC

2018 FORUM

Registration is also open for the 2018 At-Risk Youth National FORUM, held each year in Myrtle Beach, SC. The call for proposals to present will remain open until November 15. This year, areas of focus include strategies for homeless youth, mentoring relationships, and family& youth engagement. Submit a proposal to present, register to attend, or find more information at www.dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2018-at-risk-youth-national-forum.

Call for Proposals Open!
2018 Reaching the Wounded Student Conference

June 24–27, 2018
Embassy Suites Orlando-Lake Buena Vista South
Kissimmee, FL

2018 RTWSC

The call for proposals to present at our June 24–27, 2018, Reaching the Wounded Student Conference is open now until January 15, 2018. We would love for you to present and/or plan to attend this event next summer in Kissimmee, Florida. Link to www.dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2018-reaching-the-wounded-student-conference for more information.

Save the Date!
2018 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

October 28–31, 2018
Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus, OH

2018 NDPNC

What Is the Colorado Student Engagement Institute?

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC, are pleased to sponsor the Colorado Student Engagement Institute (SEI), a two-day professional development workshop. This workshop event will guide school teams through a process that yields practical improvement plans to increase student success. Visit www.dropoutprevention.org/conferences/co-student-engagement-institute for more information or contact NDPC/N (864-656-2599 or ndpc@clemson.edu) for additional details or to discuss planning a SEI for your state or region.

Colorado Student Engagement Institute

November 13–14, 2017
Arvada Banquet and Conference Center
Arvada, CO

2017 SEI

Teams from around the country are welcome to register for this upcoming SEI event, but registration is limited so register early at http://www.cvent.com/events/2017-colorado-student-engagement-institute/event-summary-c1d7744c0af047c99a96e3c183892d38.aspx.

What Is the National Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification Program?

Specialist Certification

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 posts certification program completers, their bios, and their field projects on our website. Click here to see and read about this celebrated group of individuals and examples of how they implement dropout prevention in their arenas!

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

“Student Voice, Straight Talk, and a Culture of Hope”

Airs on: October 10, 2017
3:30–4:30 PM ET

October 2017 Solutions

What happens when warning systems point to barriers outside of the school’s control—barriers such as transiency, family changes, poverty, immigration, addiction, mental health? In this webcast, participants will learn how one Georgia high school is leveraging community partnerships, as well as state and federal resources, to holistically meet the academic, social/emotional, and family needs of students. Through wraparound services such as college/career coaching, clinical counseling, housing assistance, job skills readiness, classes for parents, abuse and addiction recovery services, and more, the Graduate Marietta Student Success Center is gaining state and national recognition for developing a common sense, community approach to meeting student needs.

The Graduate Marietta Student Success Center’s approach began with student interviews. Find out how these student interviews led to a school restructuring and the mind shift required to allow at-risk students to overcome barriers and to develop the resiliency needed for success. Steps involved include

  • Building Trust
  • Identifying and Prioritizing Needs
  • Identifying Public and Private Resources
  • Establishing Partnerships
  • Identifying Funding Sources
  • Creating Structure
  • Connecting Students and Families With Services

Solutions webcasts are always offered to you free of cost, with no registration 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.

Top Stories

October Dropout Prevention Month

October is National Dropout Prevention Month, a time to focus on increasing awareness of the long-term effects on students, the economy, and society when students drop out of school. National Dropout Prevention Month challenges our nation to become better informed about how to prevent students from dropping out of school. Too often, the need for both dropout prevention awareness and viable solutions is underestimated. While progress in reducing school dropout rates has been made, the need for greater awareness still exists. You can find more information and resources such as posters and other promotional materials at www.dropoutprevention.org/octoberresources.

What Works Clearinghouse has updated its educator’s practice guide, Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools. The original guide was published in 2008 and has been used by thousands of education practitioners across the country since its release. The new, updated guide builds upon the original with new research, strategies, standards, and recommendations for educators, administrators, and policymakers focused on reducing high school dropout rates. Two members of the six-person panel of authors were NDPC/N Director Dr. Sandy Addis, and NDPC/N Network Board Chairman, Dr. Debra Duardo. The new guide is available from the Institute of Education Sciences at https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/PracticeGuide/24.

Effective Strategies

Safe Learning Environments

Watch a series of webinars on topics such as Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) through Family and Community Engagement and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS); Tier 2 and Tier 3 Support Systems; Enhancing Equity of PBIS Through Cultural Responsiveness, and Leadership Capacity for MTSS. These webinars and an array of other resources on PBIS and related school climate issues are being shared with all through an online OSEP PBIS Technical Assistance Center. The webinars and other materials related to school climate transformation can be found at http://www.pbis.org/sctg and at http://www.pbis.org/sctg/sctg-webinar-videos.

Family Engagement

A report from NCES presents new statistics on national parent and family involvement in education regarding various aspects such as help with homework, family activities, and parent involvement at school. Find and read this report at https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017102.pdf.

Educational Technology

In an article from Public Sector Media Group’s Transforming Education Through Technology magazine, THE Journal, Dian Schaffhauser writes about the growing need for educational technology in classrooms and the impact of educational technology on student engagement. Read the article at https://thejournal.com/articles/2017/09/18/biggest-barriers-to-digital-learning.aspx.


The UChicago Consortium on School Research recently published a research report explaining why ninth-grade GPA may be a better indicator of future academic success and likelihood of dropout than standardized test scores. By following the grades and achievements of CPS high school students for up to six years after their freshman year, the Consortium was able to develop a predictive statistical analysis showing strong links between freshman (ninth grade) GPA and overall academic success. Read more about the study at https://consortium.uchicago.edu/sites/default/files/publications/Predictive Power of Ninth-Grade-Sept 2017-Consortium.pdf.

International Notes

HundrED is an organization whose mission is to help schools around the world change by seeking and sharing inspiring innovations in K12 education. In 2016, they sought and published information about 100 great innovations from Finland. This year (2017) they searched the globe for great innovations in K12 education. Congratulations to Vega Schools in India for being listed in HundrED’s 2017 Global List of Inspiring Innovations for their creative and innovative approach to education through project-based learning. Dr. Steve Edwards, longtime member of NDPC/N’s Network Board of Directors, is co-founder of Vega Schools. For more information on Vega and their design for education, visit their website here. For more information from Dr. Edwards on how NDPC/N’s 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention can be applied both in the U.S. and internationally, see Dr. Edwards’ article published in the first edition of NDPC/N’s ENGAGE: The Journal of Research and Practice on Student Engagement. Read the article here, in ENGAGE, Volume 1, Number 1.

Funding Sources

(from http://philanthropynewsdigest.org)

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Accepting Applications for Good Neighbor Grant Program
The Good Neighbor Grant Program offers grants from $10,000 to $35,000 to support education-focused nonprofits serving students with significant financial need in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, including Northern Virginia and Maryland.
Deadline: 11/1/2017

NCTM Accepting Applications or Equity in Mathematics Grants
Grants of up to $8,000 will be awarded to individual middle school teachers or small groups of teachers interested in incorporating classroom materials designed to improve the achievement of students with a previous record of underachievement.
Deadline: 11/3/2017

NCTM Accepting Applications for Emerging Teacher-Leaders Grants for Elementary Math Teacher
A single grant of up to $6,000 will be awarded to support the professional development of an elementary school mathematics teacher with mathematics content expertise.
Deadline: 11/3/17

National Science Teachers Association Invites Nominations for Shell Science Teaching Award
The annual $10,000 prize recognizes an outstanding classroom science teacher (K–12) who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and community through exemplary classroom science teaching.
Deadline: 12/15/17

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