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Dropout Prevention Update

From the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
March 2017—Vol. 17, No. 3

2017 At-Risk Youth National FORUM

“Connections That Build Resilience and Success”

Held February 19–22, 2017

Check out the wrap-up video and picture gallery from this recent event at http://dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2017-at-risk-youth-national-forum/

Registration Open!

2017 National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities

April 9–12, 2017

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center

Scottsdale, AZ

2017 Native and Tribal Communities Conference

Register today to attend 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. 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. The theme for this event is “A Trauma-Informed Approach to Helping Youth Beyond At Risk” and it will be presented by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC Educational Seminars. The conference will be an excellent staff development event for school/district administrators, teachers, counselors, and community and faith-based youth practitioners. The call for proposals to present is open through March 31. 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

Occurring concurrently and in the same location as our Reaching the Wounded Student Conference, the Freshman Success Conference, with its theme “Strong Start—Successful Finish,” will be an opportunity for those working with ninth-grade students and transitions to high school to learn more about how to promote and foster success in school. The Call for Proposals to present at this conference is open through March 31. Link to http://dropoutprevention.org/conferences/the-freshman-success-conference/ for more information on this event. Your school district may want to send a team with some attending the Reaching the Wounded Student Conference and some attending the Freshman Success Conference. The discounted hotel rate is $145/night—and this is June, in Orlando!

Save the Date!

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

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

“Approaching Teacher Retention the Call Me MiSTER® Way”

Aired: March 14, 2017

3:30–4:30 PM ET

Click here to view the webcast.

March Solutions

How can retention rates for new teachers be increased, allowing for that all-important sense of continuity all students need to maintain the degree of engagement in school that leads to increased graduation rates? Join Solutions to the Dropout Crisis as Dr. Roy Jones discusses the impact and success of Call Me MiSTER® (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models).

Call Me MiSTER works to increase the pool of excellent teachers from diverse backgrounds through a highly intentional, cocurricular process that prepares African American male students to be teachers, servant-leaders, and role models, particularly in high-needs elementary schools. Call Me MiSTER teachers often come from the same types of underserved, socio-economically disadvantaged, and educationally at-risk communities that they return to serve. And Call Me MiSTER teachers remain in the profession. Since 2004, 95% of the program graduates have remained as teachers in elementary education with most of the remaining 5% going on to administration and district leadership positions.

Among other things, this webcast addresses the importance of:

    • systemic transformation through intentional planning and implementation of cocurricular activities;
    • academic support and real-world opportunities for all participants; and
    • a cohort system for participants’ social and cultural support.
  • Solutions webcasts are always offered to you free of cost, 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.

    Next month’s Solutions topic will showcase Wendy Behrens and Cori Paulet from the Minnesota Department of Education, who will talk about support for gifted students and students with high potential, especially those in rural school settings. That program will air on April 11, 2017.

    Youth Engagement

    National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Research Fellows have increased 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 presents at least one article related to that topic to your attention each month.

    NDPC/N Research Fellow Terry Pickeral shares strategies and goals implemented by Mayor Carter Hendricks of Hopkinsville, KY, to encourage and increase student engagement in his hometown. Read Terry’s blog here.

    You may also want to check out a guidebook from the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network called Beyond the Bully Pulpit: The Mayor’s Role in Dropout Prevention by former mayor of Fall River, MA, Edward M. Lambert, Jr., with a foreword by then-Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston, MA, available from the NDPC/N Store.

    New from NDPC/N

    Do you Really Want to Dropout

    The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network has just updated one of its most popular print products, an eight-page booklet called Do You Really Want to Drop Out? Know the Facts. With input from several student focus groups (thanks to Kent State University and to New Beginnings Academy in Lorain, OH), this booklet is aimed toward middle and high school students who may be considering dropping out. The booklet is available in packs of 50 from the NDPC/N store. The Spanish translation is coming soon.

    Effective Strategies

    School-Community Collaboration

    NPR highlights Chance the Rapper’s generous donation to Chicago Public Schools and his call to action for major companies in the Chicago area to help improve education.

    Read and hear about Nancy Mwirotsi, an African native living in Des Moines, IA, who found a way to impact greatly the success of low-income, refugee students, through dance and a unique computer coding curriculum (PI 515 – Pursuit of Innovation) implemented with volunteers and help from a local church. Student outcomes and testimonials tell the story.

    Safe Learning Environments

    There is a perception that girls do better in school, have fewer disciplinary issues, and have better grades. This 2014 report, Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity, from NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the National Women’s Law Center points to stereotypes in the classroom, disparities and barriers to success, and other indicators and outcomes that show that African American girls are being left behind. Many of the issues and solutions reside within the school.

    Read also the 2016 report, Improving High School Graduation Rates Among Males of Color, from the National Dropout Prevention Center, in collaboration with The Moriah Group and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). While the issues for African American males are different than those of African American females, the disparities are equal, if not greater, for African American young men. This report was produced as part of RWJF’s Forward Promise Initiative. Visit the Forward Promise Web pages for more information on grants, stories of challenges and victories, and more resources.

    2017 Clemson Men of Color National Summit

    In addition, plan to attend the upcoming Men of Color National Summit, presented by Clemson University’s Office of Inclusion and Equity, April 27-28, 2017, TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC. The mission of this national summit is to close the achievement gap for African-American and Hispanic males, from cradle to career. Bringing together approximately 2,000 high school and college students, business professionals, educators, government officials and community leaders from around the country, the summit will emphasize the importance of education, best practices and choices to increase high school and college graduation rates. The national conference will lead awareness to the changing U.S. demographics by enhancing the experience of men of color through involvement and engagement, preparing them for a global mindset. For more information, visit clemson.edu/inclusion/summit or register here.

    Early Literacy

    March is National Reading Month. Here are some links to resources.
    National Head Start Association: https://www.nhsa.org/our-work/initiative/national-reading-month
    Edmodo Blog: https://blog.edmodo.com/2017/02/28/four-classroom-resources-for-national-reading-month/
    Edmentum Blog (K-7): http://blog.edmentum.com/national-reading-month-free-classroom-resources
    Michigan Department of Education: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Reading_Month_270348_7_272048_7.pdf
    National Education Association: http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm
    PTA: http://onevoice.pta.org/?p=3936

    Active Learning

    Learn how success in seemingly nonacademic venues can lead to success in schoolwork: https://www.teachforamerica.org/top-stories/who-runs-world-girls-using-dance-get-moving-stem

    Along similar lines, researchers studying a group of Michigan State University Honors College graduates from 1990 to 1995 who majored in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM majors), found of that group that those who own businesses or patents had received up to eight times more exposure to the arts as children than the general population does.

    Career and Technical Education

    Bookmark this great resource for students considering occupations: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

    Dr. James Stone, Director of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education at the Southern Regional Education Board, recently brought to our attention what he described as one of the greatest challenges for CTE leadership—finding qualified teachers. The important role CTE plays in college and career readiness has increased demand for programs, especially programs that lead to high-skill, high-wage career pathways. AdvanceCTE recently released findings from a study of CTE state and local leaders that identified both the challenges and strategies for approaching the issue. In addition, for a research-based strategy for supporting new and alternatively licensed teachers, Stone suggests looking at the NRCCTE report Teaching to Lead.

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