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Dropout Prevention Update

From the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
February 2017—Vol. 17, No. 2

Registration Open!

2017 At-Risk Youth National FORUM

“Connections That Build Resilience and Success”

February 19–22, 2017

Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation

Myrtle Beach, SC

2017 At-Risk Youth Natinal FORUM CFP

Register today for the February 19–22, 2017, At-Risk Youth National FORUM. Session strands include athletics and extracurricular connections; juvenile justice and law enforcement; community, family, and student engagement; interacting with specific populations; learning and instruction; lifeskills and personal development; school climate; and out-of-school/community programs. Keynote speakers include current national championship team coaches Dabo Swinney (Clemson University head football coach, 2016 College Football National Champions) and Gary Gilmore (Coastal Carolina head baseball coach, 2016 College World Series Champions); the “Connection Coach,” Tara Brown; and inspirational speaker, Principal Baruti Kafele. To register and for more information, visit http://dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2017-at-risk-youth-national-forum/

Diploma Planning Institute—Ohio

February 23–24, 2017

ESC of Central Ohio

Columbus, OH


Registration is open for teams to attend a DPI February 23–24. The NDPC/N and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, Columbus, OH, are teaming up to offer a two-day DPI open to all who would like to attend. For more information and to register, visit http://dropoutprevention.org/conferences/diploma-planning-institute-ohio-2017_02_23-24/

2017 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities

"Building Engaging Educational Communities for Native Students"

April 9–12, 2017

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center

Scottsdale, AZ

2017 Native and Tribal Communities Conference

Registration to attend and the Call for Proposals to present are now open for the 2017 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities. This year, we’re focusing on strategies to work with native students who are at risk of dropping out of school before high school graduation, including addressing the opportunity gap, instructional strategies, behavioral supports, community engagement, and more. The call for proposals to present will be open through January 27. For more information, link to http://dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2017-national-forum-dropout-prevention-native-tribal-communities/

Reaching the Wounded Student Conference

“A Trauma-Informed Approach to Helping Youth Beyond At Risk”

June 25–28, 2017

Rosen Centre Hotel

Orlando, FL

2017 RTWSC

Registration to attend and the Call for Proposals to present are open for the 2017 Reaching the Wounded Student Conference in Orlando, FL, where the focus will be “A Trauma-Informed Approach to Helping Youth Beyond At Risk.” The conference is the perfect staff development event for school/district administrators, teachers, counselors, and community and faith-based youth practitioners. The call for proposals to present will be open through March 17. Find out more at http://dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2017-reaching-the-wounded-student-conference/

The Freshman Success Conference

"Strong Start—Successful Finish"

June 25–28, 2017

Rosen Centre Hotel

Orlando, FL

2017 FSC

Registration to attend and the Call for Proposals to present are also open for the 2017 Freshman Success Conference, occurring concurrently and in the same location as our Reaching the Wounded Student Conference. This event will be an opportunity for those working with ninth-grade students to learn more about how to promote and foster their success in school. Link to http://dropoutprevention.org/conferences/the-freshman-success-conference/ for more information.

Save the Date!

2017 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

October 22–25, 2017

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel and Convention Center

Palm Springs, CA

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 Web page 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

"Introducing Solutions to the Dropout Crisis Magazine"

Aired: February 14, 2017

3:30–4:30 PM ET

Click here to view the webcast.

February Solutions

The National Dropout Prevention Center is pleased to present our first two 30-minute magazine-style webcasts in a new series called Solutions to the Dropout Crisis Magazine. Each 30-minute segment presents three or four perspectives related to research, policy, or work in the field of dropout prevention. These first two magazines present a range of topics, from community/civic and industry involvement to judicial issues to health consequences to inspirational personal stories to myriad other topics.

The first 30-minute Solutions to the Dropout Crisis Magazine episode brings together a faith-based community initiative, a researcher, and a business leader in three 7-minute segments that illustrate examples of collaboration and present ideas for consideration. Guests include Rev. James F. Davis III (Dunn Creek Baptist Churck, Ware Shoals, SC), Dr. Teresa Chasteen (President and CEO, WIN Learning); and Dr. June J. Pilcher (College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences, Clemson University).

The second 30-minute episode focuses on the case for trauma-informed instruction and how emotional and physical traumas affect students’ performance and can lead to students’ dropping out. Personal examples show that fostering healing, change, and growth through trauma-informed instruction leads to increased opportunities for educational and personal success. Guests include David Paxton (Senior VP Strategy & Innovation, The Village Network), The Hon. Steven C. Teske (Chief Judge, Clayton County Juvenile Court, GA), Terry Dozier (former college and NBA basketball player and high school coach), and Victor Woods (author and motivational speaker, Success International Inc.).

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.

Effective Strategies

Early Literacy

Several studies linking early literacy to increased graduation rates are referenced in an excellent first chapter of Scholastic Inc.’s Family and Community Engagement 2013 Research Compendium, Make Every Student Count: How Collaboration Among Families, Schools, and Communities Ensures Student Success. Chapter One is titled “Early Literacy” and includes information on this topic from various researchers. Data and thought provoking quotations are included throughout. For example, “Parents should begin reading aloud to children at birth. It feeds the child’s hungry brain with data for language development, speaking, and early word reading. It’s a wonderful way to bond and leads to cognitive, social, and emotional development.” —Richard Gentry, Raising Confident Readers, 2011 (p. 12). As expected from the title, the report includes chapters on Family Involvement, Access to Books, Expanded Learning, and Mentoring Partnerships, so several other strategies for dropout prevention are certainly addressed. Scholastic Inc.’s website has many resources, many free to access. A search for “early literacy” brings up 170 articles and materials.

Active Learning

“Learning is not a spectator sport.” Read about Active Learning as student-centered approach to learning. Examples of active learning techniques are included. Check out a discussion technique called “Gallery Walk” that gets students out of their chairs and into a mode of active engagement. The information is from the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College.


Also, from the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College, learn about Service-Learning. Why use it? How to use it? Resources and examples. Some of the information on these pages is specific to teaching geoscience, but can be applied to other subject matter as well.

International Notes

An article from the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training discusses a new financial incentive and several other measures being introduced to fight dropping out of school and training early in France. Read about this at http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/news-and-press/news/france-new-measure-tackles-early-leaving-education-and-training

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