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

Vol 17, no 12 December 2017

Dropout Prevention Update

From the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
December 2017—Vol. 17, No. 12
Seasons Greetings

Register Now!
2018 At-Risk Youth National FORUM

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

2018 FORUM

Register today for the 2018 At-Risk Youth National FORUM. This is a popular event hosted by NDPC and held each year in Myrtle Beach, SC. The call for proposals to present is also still open (extended through 12/31/17). This year, areas of focus include strategies for homeless youth, mentoring relationships, and family and 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.

2018 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

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

2018 NDPNC

Registration is also now open for our fall 2018 networking and learning event, this year coming to Columbus, OH! NDPC is partnering with The Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, Center for Science and Industry (COSI), Ohio Department of Education, and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The October 28–31, 2018, conference will enhance the leadership skills of those seeking to strengthen dropout prevention strategies and interventions among school, community, and family networks, especially for students in at-risk situations. Focus areas include workforce development, wraparound supports, diverse learners, engagement, and alternative educational contexts. Visit www.dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2018-ndpnc to register, get information on sponsoring this event, or for more information. For fees and even more detailed information, link to http://www.cvent.com/events/2018-national-dropout-prevention-network-conference/event-summary-3770974be45a4844bdfaa8d72f9a5837.aspx and browse through the dropdown menus and links. We look forward to seeing you!


Save the Date

2018 Reaching the Wounded Student Conference

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

2018 RTWSC

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


What Is the National Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification Program?

Specialist Certification

Meet our 53 certification program completers, learn how they implement dropout prevention in their positions, and consider joining this 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’s research-based effective strategies, known youth risk factors, professional learning participation, and field implementation of acquired knowledge. The certification verifies and strengthens dropout prevention experience and expertise, and facilitates networking with others equally dedicated to dropout prevention. ">Visit www.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@dropoutprevention.org with any questions. NDPC posts certification program completers’ photos, bios, and field project reports on our website to celebrate these individuals and also to facilitate networking and improving practices.


Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

“Dropout Prevention Through Career and College Readiness”

Aired on: December 12, 2017

Click here to view the webcast.

December 2017 Solutions

Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center; cohost Tommy Stephens, CTE Project Leader; and guests Rubain Dorancy, Clay Goode, and John Ferrell (representing three project locations: NY, KY, and MS) discussed college and career readiness and its implications for dropout prevention via a project funded by the Toyota USA Foundation.

View the archived program here. This Solutions to the Dropout Crisis webcast addressed the following questions.

  • How is career and college readiness defined?
  • What is the value for students in being ready for college and careers? For industry? For the community?
  • How do college and career readiness programs and initiatives positively impact the dropout rate?

Recent work through the project was highlighted. Each school participating adapted resources to best meet their students’ needs. Guests provided examples of and results from effective college and career readiness programs. They also discussed how both grant funding and access to National Dropout Prevention Center resources have positively impacted college and career readiness in their schools.

Link to http://dropoutprevention.org/webcast/dropout-prevention-through-career-and-college-readiness/ for supplementary materials and more information about participating in this professional development opportunity.

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

From IES, NCES just released national- and state-level high school graduation rates for the 2015-16 school year. The national high school graduation rate increased to 84.1%, a new all-time high and the fifth straight year of improvement (see longitudinal data). Notably, all subgroups of students showed improvement, although sizable gaps remain between groups.

A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education provides an analysis of differing diploma types awarded across states and the impact on traditionally underserved students. Read the report, Paper Thin? Why All High School Diplomas Are Not Created Equal, here.



Effective Strategies

Systemic Approach

In July, the U.S. Department of Education published two issue briefs on strategies for helping at-risk high school students stay in school. Read the two issue briefs Case Management in High Schools and Social Services.

Safe Learning Environments

A new survey from the U.S. Department of Education identifies national trends in school violence by asking a nationally representative sample of school principals about the prevalence of violence and crime in their schools. Find out more at https://all4ed.org/which-students-are-more-likely-to-be-victims-of-school-violence-new-report-provides-answers/.

Coming in early 2018, A&E Network is set to premiere a new docuseries in which young adults are sent undercover as students in a Kansas high school in order to explore the truth behind the complex challenges facing today’s teens. Several resources are available on the show’s website, including a crisis text line, school toolkit, several resources for dealing with mental health issues, harassment, cyberbullying, and more. Find more information here.

Educational Technology

The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center has spent the past year researching how cyber incidents affect education agencies and steps they can take to respond. The result of that research is the development of three fact sheets for schools, school districts and institutions of higher education (IHEs) on cyber safety and cybersecurity. The factsheets, Cyber Safety Considerations for K-12 Schools and Districts, Cybersecurity Considerations for K-12 Schools and Districts, and Cybersecurity Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education are free to download. In addition, for general information related to cyber incidents, visit the new Topic-Specific Resources section of the REMS TA Center site at https://rems.ed.gov/Resources_Hazards-Threats_Adversarial_Threats.aspx and/or access a related webinar, Integrating Cybersecurity with Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) for K-12 Schools

A mobile application from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) allows parents and other caregivers to track a child’s milestones from age two months to five years with illustrated checklists, get tips for encouraging a child’s development, and learn what to do when concerned about how a child is developing.

Professional Development

Read how schools, often with limited IT support, are using G Suite for instruction, collaboration, and professional learning efforts in this article from EdTech. Fifth-grade teacher Shelley Emslie, a certified Google Educator who is pictured on the cover of that issue, is authoring an article for NDPC’s next issue of ENGAGE, the International Journal of Research and Practice on Student Engagement.


Funding Sources

(from U.S. Department of Education)

IES Accepting Proposals for Research and Development of Education Technology
The Small Business Innovation Research program provides funding for the development and evaluation of commercially viable education technology products. Proposals for Phase I projects are due January 25, 2018.

Operation Prevention Video Challenge encourages students to send a message to their peers about prescription opioid misuse by creating a 30-60 second original Public Service Announcement. High school students who enter are eligible for prizes from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and DEA Educational Foundation (First Place: $10,000; Second Place: $5,000; Third Place: $1,000; and a People's Choice award: A trip to Quantico, VA, for an exclusive tour of the DEA Training Academy). The challenge closes on March 20, 2018.


Our Friends and Innovation Partners

The National Dropout Prevention Center is grateful for the support of our Network members; our grants and contracts funders; our event sponsors and partners; the sponsors of our monthly webcast, Solutions to the Dropout Crisis (K12 and FuelEducation); the sponsor of our Model Programs Database (Edison Learning); and our FY17 Innovation Partners. Innovation Partners include DeeperDive Learning, Inc.—online and blended professional development through multiple learning programs; Catapult Learning—on-site professional development on a wide range of topics for educators and administrators; WIN Learning—career exploration and skills acquisition; and Scholastic Education––comprehensive literacy solutions that are customizable and connected to new standards.

We recognize our members and certification completers (and those working through that training) for their dedication to dropout prevention and professional development. We recognize our sponsors and partners for supporting dropout prevention and offering evidence-based, time-tested strategies and products to help schools, school districts, and practitioners with effective dropout prevention efforts. Please visit the linked webpages and websites to learn more about these organizations and opportunities.


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