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

Vol 17, no 7 July 2017

Dropout Prevention Update

From the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
July 2017—Vol. 17, No. 7

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

This conference, to be held in beautiful Palm Springs, CA, is built around several themes including new models for CTE/workforce development, a new focus on arts/media/entertainment career paths, and a new approach to students and families of trauma. This third area of focus will also address strategies for supporting migrant and undocumented students. A dozen student-led sessions will take place on Monday afternoon and keynoters and entertainment throughout the event will certainly be amazing and inspirational. NDPC/N’s Network conference is held in a different region of the country each year and is its largest and most attended conference each year. Please join us on the west coast this year for this exciting event and learn from others in the fields of high school dropout prevention, intervention, and recovery. Follow the link for registration and hotel reservations. Visit http://dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2017-national-dropout-prevention-network-conference/ for more information.

Save the Date
2018 At-Risk Youth National FORUM

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

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.

Teams from around the country, but particularly from Michigan, are welcome to register for this upcoming DPI event:

Diploma Planning Institute

August 21–22, 2017
Mackinaw Beach & Bay Inn & Suites
Mackinaw City, MI

Michigan DPI

Michigan residents register here. Non-Michigan residents register here. Link to http://dropoutprevention.org/conferences/dpi-michigan-august-2017/ for more information on the event and booking your hotel accommodations.

What Is a National Dropout Prevention Center Program Assessment and Review (PAR)?


Are high school completion rates in your school system satisfactory? Are you satisfied with the parental/community participation at your school? What about school safety and climate? Do you have a success plan for low-performing students? Do your classroom strategies address the social, emotional, and academic needs of low-performing and struggling students? Do you have a research-based process in place to guide your school improvement projects? Are appropriate alternative learning options available for students and does everyone know about them? Do you have effective strategies in place to provide options and support for struggling students as well as an environment for success of such strategies? Do your teachers and staff feel inspired, supported, and enabled to succeed? These questions and more are explored through NDPC/N’s multi-step Program Assessment and Review (PAR) process and in a more focused way through our targeted T-PAR process. Email us (ndpc@clemson.edu) or call (864-656-2599) for more information about how feedback, data, and NDPC/N suggestions via a PAR or T-PAR can help your school or school system.

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

“Creating a Trauma-Informed Care School”

Aired: July 11, 2017
Click here to view the webcast.


Join presenters from Pueblo, Colorado, as they discuss the clinical framework behind how the human brain processes trauma, how an understanding of this framework can be leveraged by those who work with at-risk students to help those students succeed, and how one Colorado school with a high percentage of at-risk students realized success by utilizing trauma-informed education practices.

The recorded webcast explores how trauma affects a student’s ability to self-regulate attention, emotions, and behavior, all prerequisites for achieving classroom competency. Presenters provide practical application strategies for assisting students to become successful in the classroom, school, and community.

The webcast includes

  • Practical strategies for supporting students who have endured traumatic events,
  • Information about the positive changes realized by one school, and
  • Lessons learned and opportunities for further success.

A better understanding of how the human brain reacts to learning after experiencing trauma leads to our being better prepared to assist students in becoming confident and achieving students.

Solutions webcasts are always offered to you free of cost, and no registration is required. Tune in the second Tuesday of each month from 3:30–4:30 PM ET for new Solutions to the Dropout Crisis, sponsored by K12 Inc. and FuelEducation.

New from NDPC/N

Do You Really Want to Drop Out

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.

15 Eff Strategies Online Courses

Also newly available in the NDPC/N store is a series of online course offerings on our 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention. Each course is individually priced so you can take one course or all available courses, depending on your needs, interests, and professional learning plans. Courses are self-paced and interactive, including video clips and self-assessments. All fifteen effective strategy courses are available now. Go to http://dropoutprevention.org/15-effective-strategies-online-courses/ for more information, including FAQs, or visit the NDPC/N store at www.dropoutprevention.org/shop to register for one or more of the 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention online courses. Thanks to DeeperDive Learning, Inc., (www.deeperdivelearning.com) for helping us design, develop, and offer these online professional development courses.

Top Stories

A new Why Rural Matters report is just out from The Rural School and Community Trust. Nearly 8.9 million students attend rural schools—more than the enrollments of the New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and the next 75 largest school districts combined. Findings include that student achievement is in general comparable to suburban areas, college/career aspirations vary, diversity is substantial, and lack of early childhood programs is prevalent.

Effective Strategies

Safe Learning Environments

Two upcoming free webinars from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) that may be of interest: Cultivating the Next Generation of Youth and Young Adult Leaders, 7/13/17, 2:30 PM ET; and Increasing the Accessibility of Recovery Supports for People With Disabilities, 7/27/17, 2:00 PM ET.

Check out the USA Mental Health First Aid courses, often offered at hospitals, universities, or mental health organizations and usually offered free of charge. Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches participants how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps participants identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. There are courses geared toward adults, youth, and other populations.

Early Childhood Education

The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) recently awarded four states with grants of $14,000 each for research and improvement in early childhood education workforce conditions. You can read more about each state’s (Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, and New York) plans to use these grants in the NASBE’s press release here.

Read “Linkages Between Early Childhood, School Success, and High School Completion,” from the Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development, for research findings related to programs and strategies focused on early childhood education and how they relate to dropout prevention outcomes. Studies and references listed in this article are important resources on this topic.

Active Learning

An article from Catapult Learning lays out an example of ways to facilitate active learning by “making your classroom lessons breathable”. You can read the full article here.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Last month President Trump signed an Executive Order expanding apprenticeships and job training programs (fact sheetPresident’s remarks, and video). Workforce development efforts are not only good for communities and economies, but can serve as an engagement strategy to increase students’ interest in school and also their understanding of the value of school.  These types of efforts are not always easy in the high school setting, but in a recent blog post, the Department of Education highlighted the Academy of Construction and Design at the Integrated Design and Electronics Academy (IDEA) Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.  In a visit late last month, senior U.S. Department of Education Administration officials had the opportunity to see an innovative high school apprenticeship program in action.

The National Network of Business and Industry Associations recently published Work-and-Learn in Action: Successful Strategies for Employers, a book which contains information on how to connect employers and schools through work-based learning in high school. You can read the book online here.

Funding Sources

(from http://philanthropynewsdigest.org)

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 Teachers
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

Project Learning Tree Seeks Applications for Environmental Education Projects
Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded in support of environmental projects that demonstrate service-learning, exemplify student voice, and involve at least one community partner.
Deadline: 9/30/17

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

Robbie Foundation Accepting Applications for AAT Program
The foundation (serving children between the ages of birth to 20 years residing in the state of Maine) is accepting applications for its Adaptive Equipment/Assistive Technology/Therapy Treatment (AAT) Program. The AAT program is open to children with special needs who would benefit from adaptive equipment, assistive technology, therapy treatment, and/or any other essential item not covered by insurance or any additional funding resource. Grants will pay for items and services that help maximize growth and development and create an easier and more enjoyable learning and/or living environment for a child. Applications are accepted and reviewed quarterly (Jan, Apr, Jul, and Oct). Available funds are fluctuating and items are funded by date received until funds are depleted.
Deadline: 10/5/17 (for fall quarter)

Health Foundation of South Florida Invites Proposals for Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs
Grants of up to $60,000 will be awarded to support the implementation of evidence-based and innovative programs aimed at increasing children’s knowledge of and attitudes toward healthy eating, leading to healthier nutrition behavior change.
Deadline: Open All Year

Our Innovation Partners

In addition to Network members; grants and contracts funders; sponsors of our monthly webcast, Solutions to the Dropout Crisis (K12 and FuelEducation); the sponsor of our much utilized Model Programs Database (Edison Learning); Clemson University supporters and friends (Clemson University’s College of Education, Clemson Broadcast Productions, and the Call Me MiSTER® program); the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network thanks our FY17 Innovation Partners. We recognize each of these Innovation Partners as offering evidence-based, time-tested strategies and products to help schools, school districts, and practitioners with effective dropout prevention efforts. Please visit the websites linked above in this paragraph as well as the following websites of NDPC/N’s Innovation Partners for the coming year:

  • DeeperDive Learning, Inc.—online and blended professional development through multiple learning programs
  • Catapult Learning—onsite professional development on a wide range of topics for educators and administrators
  • BrightBytes—decision-making tools and early warning systems
  • WIN Learning—career exploration and skills acquisition
  • Scholastic Education—comprehensive literacy solutions that are customizable and connected to new standards

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