Dropout Prevention Update
From the National Dropout Prevention Center
June 2018—Vol. 18, No. 1
2018 Reaching the Wounded Student Conference
June 24–27, 2018
Embassy Suites Orlando-Lake Buena Vista South
Join us for the 2018 Reaching the Wounded Student Conference: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Helping Youth Beyond At-Risk presented by the National Dropout Prevention Center and Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC Educational Seminars. The conference is the perfect staff development event for school/district administrators, teachers, counselors, community and faith-based youth practitioners. For conference strands and to register, go to http://dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2018-reaching-the-wounded-student-conference/
2018 National Dropout Prevention Conference
October 28–31, 2018
Hyatt Regency Columbus
The National Dropout Prevention Center, in partnership with The Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, Center for Science and Industry (COSI), Ohio Department of Education, and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, invites you to attend the 2018 National Dropout Prevention Conference: Constructing Possibilities: Blueprinting Whole Child Support, October 28-31, 2018. The conference is a valuable opportunity for superintendents, administrators, counselors, teachers, and other stakeholders interested in the improvement of graduation rates in their system, school or community. For registration, go to http://dropoutprevention.org/conferences/2018-ndpnc/ and for hotel registration, go to https://book.passkey.com/gt/215932404?gtid=fc3a7f046ba631a9c581c4952502c187
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2019 At-Risk Youth National FORUM
February 17–20, 2019
Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation
Myrtle Beach, SC
Solutions to the Dropout Crisis
“Using SEL Skills to Identify At-Risk Students & Improve Academic Success”
If you missed our most recent webinar Solutions to the Dropout Crisis when it aired on May 8, it’s still available for viewing. Dr. Scott Solberg discusses how students’ Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills can help identify at-risk students and how strengthening those skills can increase resilience and serve as an effective dropout prevention strategy while also increasing college and career readiness.
Dr. Solberg discusses six resiliency skills successful students need, including placing value on education and the ability to set goals; academic self-efficacy; connections with teachers, peers, and family; the ability to manage stress; a focus on health and a sense of well-being; and the motivation to attend school. These SEL skills, in turn, increase resiliency and positively affect college and career readiness by increasing academic self-efficacy and career decision-making readiness. They also lower psychological/emotional distress, lower academic stress, and increases motivation to attend school. As a part of the webcast, Dr. Solberg presents results from a study exploring and validating results.
Visit http://dropoutprevention.org/webcast/using-sel-skills-to-identify-at-risk-students-improve-academic-success/ to view the webinar.
As communal creatures, we all crave belonging. Feeling understood and integral among a wide variety of people creates connections that make our lives complete. At our core, each of us is searching for those connections.
An article from the George Lucas Educational Foundation explores how students’ positive influence on their community goes beyond teaching and modeling empathy to positively impact acceptance and education. Creating that sense of community and belonging can be accomplished in many ways. An Arkansas town explores concrete solutions to keep children in the community from being forgotten while a Houston non-profit helps students attend prom. These and other initiatives underscore the value of schools and communities working together to encourage students’ sense of belonging.
Career and Technical Education
The American Enterprise Institutes’ April 2018 report, Hard Work and Soft Skills: The Attitudes, Abilities, and Character of Students in Career and Technical Education, notes that after controlling for test scores, CTE course takers have higher high school graduation rates, overall educational attainment, or earnings. Our analysis reaches similar conclusions, implying that CTE students have an advantage in noncognitive skills that test scores fail to capture. This and other findings in the report reemphasize the value of CTE. A Hechinger Report series explores how schools can prepare young people for the good middle-class jobs of the future. In one story, a part of Map to the Middle Class, a New Hampshire school prepares students in the face of a looming labor crisis by revamping their career and technical education program.
Other models of successful CTE include Essex Technical High School, in Hathorne, Massachusetts, that found success by combining college-ready classes with career training while the Louisiana Department of Education launched the Jump Start initiative, allowing nearly 2,000 high school students the opportunity to earn academic credit, workplace-based learning, while earning a wage during the summer.
For those who want an in depth look at student access to technology, the National Center for Education Statistics offers research based on nationally representative data sources, existing research, and relevant state and local intervention efforts to examine the five research areas designated in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to provide a comprehensive picture of student access to digital learning resources outside of the classroom.
Safe Learning Environments
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proposes strategies communities can consider to promote relationships and environments that help children grow up to be healthy and productive citizens so that they, in turn, can build stronger and safer families and communities for their children. Safe learning environments go beyond physical safety to include providing students with a learning environment where they feel emotionally and intellectually safe. Youth Today explores the value of the arts, especially theatre, in creating a safe learning environment for foster youth while the New York Times offers a thought provoking op-ed on the true cost of poverty for children.
Early Childhood Education
Research indicates that one of the most effective ways to reduce the number of children who will ultimately drop out is to provide the best possible classroom instruction from the beginning of school through the primary grades. New Mexico has introduced the K-3 Plus Program to help insure a strong educational foundation in early childhood.
And, a New York Times writeup of a recent study, “Reading Aloud, Play and Social-Emotional Development,” published in the journal Pediatrics followed 675 families with children from birth to 5 to study positive parenting activities, concluding that “reading and playing can shape cognitive as well as social and emotional development” and has benefits for behavior and attention.
NCTM Accepting Applications for Equity in Mathematics Grants
Grants of up to $8,000 will be awarded to persons currently teaching math in grades 6-12 for projects which incorporate middle school classroom materials that boost the achievement of students with a previous record of underachievement.
Deadline: 11/ 2/2018
Fuel Up to Play 60 Invites Applications for K-12 Healthy Food Programs
Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to qualified K-12 schools to jumpstart healthy changes in the lifestyles of young people. Examples of projects supported by the program include projects to increase in-school breakfast participation, farm-to-school projects focused on the benefits of eating fresh, locally grown dairy and farm-raised foods, cafeteria makeovers, and healthy snack programs.
NCTM Accepting Applications for Projects Connecting Mathematics to Other 9-12 Grade Subjects
Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded for the development of senior high classroom materials or lessons that connect mathematics to other areas of study. Materials may be in the form of books, visual displays, computer programs or displays, slide shows, videotapes, or other appropriate media. The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields and/or the world around us.
Project Learning Tree Seeks Applications for Environmental Education Projects
Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to projects that demonstrate environmental service learning, exemplify student voice, and involve at least one community partner by helping students make their schools more green and healthy by, for example, implementing recycling programs, conserving water and energy, improving air quality, or establishing school gardens and outdoor classrooms while integrating such projects and activities into the curriculum.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Request for Information
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has issued a request for information for an initiative to explore how accelerated research and development might advance transformative solutions for improving education. For an overview of the request for information go to http://k12education.gatesfoundation.org/index.php?pdf-file=1&filename=wp-content/uploads/2018/05/AERF-Detailed-Overview-of-RFI.pdf
For information on the request for information related to developing requisite writing habits, skills and strategies; improving mathematical understanding, application and related mindsets; and measuring and improving executive function, go to:
The National Dropout Prevention Center offers a number of free or low-cost resources at on our website www.dropoutprevention.org
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Archived Solutions to the Dropout Crisis webinars are available at http://dropoutprevention.org/webcast/
NDPC offers a series of online course based on the 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention. Each course is individually priced and are self-paced and interactive, including video clips and self-assessments. Go to http://dropoutprevention.org/15-effective-strategies-online-courses/ for more information.
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