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

Vol 18, no 3 August 2018

Dropout Prevention Update

From the National Dropout Prevention Center
August 2018—Vol. 18, No. 4

Register Now!
2018 National Dropout Prevention Conference

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

2018 NDPNC

The National Dropout Prevention Network 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


Save the Dates
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


Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

"The Use of Student Attendance to Build Districtwide Trauma-Informed Care"

If you missed our most recent webinar Solutions to the Dropout Crisis when it aired on August 14, it’s still available for viewing. John Hernandez, Director of Student Services at East Central Independent School District (ECISD) in San Antonio, TX, discusses the systems and processes developed and used by ECISD on their road to becoming a trauma-informed district. Because many of the students in the district are beyond at risk, East Central ISD adopted a districtwide approach to meet students' physical and emotional needs related to trauma, including creating EC Cares to reach students who are are affected by a traumatic event. EC Cares addresses important social issues that affect students’ education, health, and quality of life. Topics discussed include

  • The foundational approach to creating EC Cares
  • Ways to identify and reach students affected by trauma
  • The value of creating and keeping current a community resource guide

Visit http://dropoutprevention.org/webcast/student-attendance-build-districtwide-trauma-informed-care/ to view the webinar.


The Condition of Education is an annual report to Congress summarizing important developments and trends in the U.S. education system. The report presents 50 indicators on topics ranging from prekindergarten through postsecondary education, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons. Discover how you can use the Condition of Education to stay informed about the latest education data by watching a short video available here www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql_t8X6kxj or access the full report at https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/

The August 2018 journal Pediatrics published by the American Academy of Pediatrics published a clinical report The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children exploring the vital role of play on developing children’s minds. Access the full report at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2018/08/16/peds.2018-2058

Last reauthorized in 2006, the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Act (Perkins CTE) allocates funding for vocational and career-focused education programs. These programs will benefit secondary and postsecondary students across America who utilize CTE programs to gain the skills and knowledge needed for rewarding careers. Perkins CTE reauthorization will reportedly benefit more than 11 million students.


Effective Strategies

School-Community Collaboration

A Tennessee school is celebrating the opening of an agriculture education barn. Rather than having students travel to farms across the region, they will have hands-on opportunities to learn about the care of animals. The project is a result of cooperation between the Coffee County Center High School Agricultural Career and Technical Education program, the local Future Farmers of America chapter, and local farmers who are donating the animals.

The University of Hawaii and local schools are collaborating to provide high school students with dual-enrollment courses. Many students will be able to finish high school with an associate’s degree in addition to their high school diploma.

Career and Technical Education

The Universal Technical Institute (UTI) offered a three week “Ignite” course over the summer to rising high school seniors who are interested in working with emerging technology in personal vehicles. Students reported being excited about hands-on learning experience and are interested in studying at UTI after graduation.

The Georgia Department of Education has approved a “career-ready” diploma that signifies its holders are ready to immediately enter the workforce. The career-ready seal is affixed on the physical diploma and can be included on students’ resumes when they apply for jobs. Students can earn seals in employability, distinguished employability, pathways skills, leadership skills, and distinguished leadership skills.

As a part of a broader effort to reduce dropout rates in Western New York and throughout the state, educators in Buffalo, New York, found a unique way to keep students motivated and increase their skills by teaching them to build their own phones.

Mentoring/Afterschool Activities

Statistics from MENTOR show 1 in 4 public school children drop out of school before they finish high school, but mentoring can change that. The Society for Gentlemen, a nonprofit in Kansas City, MO, is helping young men stay in school.

Early Childhood Education

While many slides are fun for children, the “summer slide” – the inclination for students to lose reading gains made during the academic year – is way less enjoyable and often detrimental to budding readers. Join Dr. Kathy Headley, VP of the International Literacy Association and National Dropout Prevention Center Research Fellow, Scholastic, an NDPC Innovation Partner, and others to learn more this issue and how you can help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adpokb2EyFA&feature=youtu.be

A school district in New Hampshire underestimated the demand for an early childhood education offering. Initially, the district planned to serve between 18 and 29 students, but over 30 registered. Rather than turning students away who need services, the school district is offering parents the ability to pick the days they attend the school.


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


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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