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

Vol 18, no 2 July 2018

Dropout Prevention Update

From the National Dropout Prevention Center
July 2018—Vol. 18, No. 2

Register Now!
2018 National Dropout Prevention Conference

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

2018 NDPNC

The National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN), 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

Save the Date
2019 At-Risk Youth National FORUM

February 17–20, 2019
Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation
Myrtle Beach, SC

2019 FORUM

2019 National Dropout Prevention Conference

October 5–8, 2019
Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center
Denver, CO

National Dropout Prevention Center Joins National Innovation Initiative

A concentrated, leadership-driven focus on overarching student outcome goals produces improved graduation rates for local school systems. For that reason, NDPC encourages local school districts to join the 2018-19 Innovation and Transformational Leadership Network offered by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).

AASA, the nation’s school superintendents association, has partnered with the Successful Practices Network (SPN), led by Dr. Bill Daggett, to provide a year of personal and virtual support to a limited number of local school districts which, during a 12-month period, will identify and deliver laser focus on a few high-priority local goals. During the year of Network participation, five-person leadership teams from each district will identify high-impact goals and leverage resources and research-based practices to achieve those goals. NDPC, a subsidiary of SPN, will support these school districts by hosting Network meetings in conjunction with national dropout prevention events, working with AASA and SPN leaders to develop and deliver professional learning to meet local district needs, and providing research, resources, and tools to participating school leaders.

School leaders may access detailed information at http://dropoutprevention.org/collaborative-for-innovation-and-transformational-leadership/or by contacting Deb Light, Program Director, at 518-723-2051 or AASACollaborative@spnetwork.org.

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

“Reintroducing Solutions to the Dropout Crisis Magazine"

If you missed our award-winning Solutions to the Dropout Crisis Magazine, here’s a chance to view it. The webcast, composed of two 30-minute episodes hosted by NDPC Director Dr. Sandy Addis, is also available for download in separate segments.


The first Solutions to the Dropout Crisis Magazine episode brings together a faith-based community initiative, a research leader, and a business leader in three 7-minute segments that illustrate examples of collaboration and present ideas for consideration.

The second 30-minute episode, which received a film industry Telly award, focuses on the case for trauma-skilled instruction and how emotional and physical trauma affect students' performance and can lead to students' dropping out.  Personal examples show that fostering healing, change, and growth through trauma-skilled instruction leads to increased opportunities for educational and personal success.

Visit http://dropoutprevention.org/webcast/solutions-dropout-crisis-magazine/ to view the webinar.

Effective Strategies

School-Community Collaboration

When the community comes together to support a local school, amazing things happen. An elementary school in New York is experimenting with horticulture therapy to improve the mental health of its students. The garden is a collaboration of the school, Home Depot, and community members.

Bret Harte and Calaveras High School in California held their first “On the Right Track” event with members of the business community, utility companies, and police officers. The purpose of the event was to prepare students to interact with organizations and agencies they would access after high school. Boulevard Elementary School in New York State opted for a fresh spin on the career fair; instead of having local businesses come to the school, students were shuttled to downtown Gloversville to see local businesses in action. During the walking tour of downtown, students learned about how local jobs contribute to community-building.

Funding from schools can also improve community collaborations. For example, Citrus County Schools in Florida recently received $434,575 for mental health services. The funding will allow the district to employ two new school psychologists, four social workers, and a student services specialist. The Board of Education hired mental health specialists to improve communication between the school and resources in the community.

Career and Technical Education

This month, we’re sharing three stories related to career and technical education in which schools engaged in community collaboration to provide relevant instruction and training. A middle school in Pennsylvania is getting their students interested in first-responder careers by hosting an open house and demonstration.

The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and the Rutherford County Schools in Tennessee are hosting camps this summer that encourage career exploration in areas such as supply chain management. These camps utilize local industry, the school board and Middle Tennessee State University to bring local relevance to job training. Students in Lansing, Michigan are training for local construction jobs thanks to a collaboration between Eaton RESA and AIS construction. At the end of the academic year, students will be able to test their skills for immediate employment after graduation.


For most schools in the United States, summer break stretches on for two months or longer. During that time, students often backslide on their progress they had gained in math and science classes. Summer is the perfect time to think about mentorship and tutoring, especially for those students at risk of dropping out.

One Texas community is helping students in the summer at the Margaret E. Blizzard Center. Four retired teachers tutor elementary school students during the summer months to help prevent a loss of skills. A school district in Wisconsin is celebrating positive results from their reading tutoring program. The district used Title I funds to purchase culturally relevant books for student.

Utilizing non-profits for tutoring can be a cost-effective way to improve reading and writing skills in pre-K and elementary schools. One retiree in Little Rock, Arkansas, is using her free time to tutor elementary school children through AR Kids Read, a non-profit volunteer-based literacy intervention program.

Funding Sources

(from http://philanthropynewsdigest.org)

NCTM Accepting Applications for Grades 7-12 Classroom Teacher Research Grants
Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded to support and encourage classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education. The research must be a collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more Grade 7–12 classroom teachers.
Deadline: 11/2/2018

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

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.
Deadline: 11/2/2018

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.
Deadline: 9/30/18

Spencer Foundation Accepting Applications for Small Education Research Projects
This program aims to fund academic work that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Historically, grants have supported research projects on a range of topics and disciplines, including education, psychology, sociology, economics, history, and anthropology, and that employ a wide range of research methods.
Deadline: 8/1/2018

NDPC Resources

The National Dropout Prevention Center offers a number of free or low-cost resources at on our website www.dropoutprevention.org

Read NDPC’s quarterly newsletter at http://dropoutprevention.org/resources/ndpcn-quarterly-newsletters/

Access NDPC Dropout Prevention E-Newsletters at http://dropoutprevention.org/resources/e-newsletters/

NDPC journals are available at http://dropoutprevention.org/resources/journals/

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.

Over 500 educators and practitioners have enrolled in the National Dropout Prevention Specialist certification program. The 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 to register.

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