Dropout Prevention Update
From the National Dropout Prevention Center
October 2018—Vol. 18, No. 5
Register Your Team Today!
2018 National Dropout Prevention Conference
October 28–31, 2018
Hyatt Regency Columbus
The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC), 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
Submit a proposal to the 2019 At-Risk Youth National FORUM. Proposals are being accepted until November 30, 2018. Efforts to reach at-risk youth begin with CONNECTION. This year’s FORUM focuses on the skill of connecting. The conference offers breakout sessions and skill building workshops that help leaders build systems that are conducive to connections and demonstrate skills that assist youth practitioners in their efforts to connect.
2019 National Trauma-Skilled Schools Conference
June 23 - 26, 2019
Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South
2019 National Dropout Prevention Conference
October 5–8, 2019
Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center
October is National Dropout Prevention Month
October is Dropout Prevention Month, check out this awesome video from Bay City High School in Texas talking about it https://youtu.be/NsiWT99KEd8?t=152.
Technology is being utilized beyond just the classroom setting as superintendents are being trained in using education technology to continue to align their districts with curriculum goals. CoSN and AASA’s joint initiative is driving district administrators to stay ahead of the curve and prepare to integrate new tech-ed as it is developed allowing the leaders to make the best decisions.
Career and Technical Education
One school district in Grand Rapids is changing how Fridays in the classroom work by taking the entire day to focus on careers. Each Friday students get the opportunity to earn multiple certificates in skilled trades by working with business and industry in the region. These “Future Focused Fridays” involve trips that can give students an advantage on real world readiness and workforce preparation.
Meeting the need for more medical professionals in a rural setting is a difficult challenge. One rural district in Oregon is trying to solve the challenge through Career Technology Education. Douglas Education Service District has begun focusing its career courses around dual enrollment classes that will allow students to work towards careers in the medical field. It also allows students to earn the Healthcare Pathways Certificate from a community college, providing a unique start to helping solve the rural medical dilemma.
One intercity Chicago alternative school faces a unique problem in the staggering number of student deaths and the trauma students face as a result. With one in four students who have passed away attending alternative schools despite only educating around 2% of the district’s students, the loss is monumental. The alternative school has begun to help the students express their grief by giving them outlets such as art projects focusing on the problems in the community. This school is taking on its student’s problems through a deep community involvement and a focus on what the students can do around them.
One team of researchers is redefining how alternative schools are viewed. Looking beyond the statistics they want to focus on how we rethink accountability in alternative education by comparing alternative students to students in similar situations historically rather than comparing them to traditional students. Rather than lowering the bar, this research group
wants to focus on the good statistics coming out of alternative schools and change the focus to build on the strong practices that are working.
Lands' End Love Learning Award
A grant of up to $10,000 will be awarded to shine a spotlight on quality programs that bring learning to life in informal learning spaces and support families in meaningful ways. This is for informal summer learning programs that is not enrollment based.
Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services, and More
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to create a new or improve and existing program to benefit people with autism or their families. This grant is for library-based programs within the United States and can serve any age group. Funds may be used to hire a trainer to present a workshop, to buy materials, or hire staff.
Social Media in the Classroom Grant
Grants of $1,000 will be granted to teachers who are seeking to upgrade and integrate the use of social media in the classroom enhancing the learning experience of their students. Teacher must appear in the National Center for Educations Statistics Database.
Manufacturing Camp Grant: Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs
Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to groups hosting a summer manufacturing camp program for children ages 12-16. These camps will introduce students to the high-tech career choices that are availed to them in the manufacturing industry.
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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