October is National Dropout Prevention Month

Dr. Bill Daggett, Founder of ICLE and an internationally known speaker on the importance of preparing our graduates with the skills needed for the future workforce, Ray McNulty, President of Successful Practices Network and the National Dropout Prevention Center, and Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center, coauthored an Op-ed asking if we’ve correctly addressed what students need for graduation, especially those most at-risk, and proposing that we have additional avenues that can help increase graduation rates. Their article is available here.

Dropout Prevention Month: How to keep students engaged according to Dr. Robert Brooks.

A key to keeping students engaged in school may be as easy as welcoming them every day by name and giving them a smile, said Dr. Robert Brooks, a psychologist and faculty member of Harvard Medical School who will be a keynote speaker at the National Dropout Prevention Conference Saturday, Oct. 5, through Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Aurora’s Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center.

“When you interview people who have faced great adversity in their lives as children and adolescents but are now doing relatively well in life and you ask them what helped them through their hard times, almost all respond that there was one person who encouraged and believe in them,” Brooks said. “That person often turns out to be a teacher.”

Brooks’ speech Monday will highlight a strength-based approach for preventing students from dropping out, with a focus on the relationships that students have with teachers and other professionals in a school setting.

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National Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification Program

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Trauma-Skilled Specialist Certification Program

The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC), announces the Trauma-Skilled Specialist Certification program. This program addresses the growing need for educators to adopt specific action steps that will increase the opportunities for trauma-impacted and stressed students to succeed and graduate.

Trauma-Skilled Specialist Certification Information and Application

Trauma-Skilled Schools Resources

Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center, recently participated in a panel discussion with host Susan Arbetter of PBS affiliate WCNY, that explores incorporating trauma-informed practices into the classroom, why trauma is affecting more children, and looks at the skills educators are adopting to help them cope. Watch Dr. Addis on Connect: NY “Trauma Informed Education.

New Trauma-Skilled Schools Model

The National Dropout Prevention Center releases new publication, Improving School Outcomes For Trauma-Impacted Students with Introduction by Dr. Bill Daggett and Ray McNulty.

Learn about the National Dropout Prevention Center Trauma-Skilled Schools Model and contact the National Dropout Prevention Center for assistance.

Access the video of National Dropout Prevention Center Director Dr. Sandy Addis testifying to the South Carolina House Education Committee on School Climate and Safety.

 

Connect: NY Trauma Informed Education.

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Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center, recently participated in a panel discussion with host Susan Arbetter of PBS affiliate WCNY, that explores incorporating trauma-informed practices into the classroom, why trauma is affecting more children, and looks at the skills educators are adopting to help them cope. Watch Dr. Addis on Connect: NY “Trauma Informed Education.”

Grant Support

 

Grant Project Components

The National Dropout Prevention Center offers a variety of cost-effective project components and supports that can be written into grants to strengthen your proposal, increase the likelihood of project success, and achieve long-term sustainability beyond grant funding. Review our list of grant project components or contact the National Dropout Prevention Center for assistance.

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Model Programs for Grants

The National Dropout Prevention Center's (NDPC's) Model Programs Database provides proven interventions for replication and inclusion in dropout prevention and school improvement grants. Proposals that replicate NDPC Model Programs are competitive and have high likelihood of achieving desired student outcomes. Visit the Model Programs Database or contact the National Dropout Prevention Center for assistance.

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Position Papers on School Dropout Prevention Research to Practice Recommendations

Four Position Papers Underscore Importance of Adapting Strategies to Fit Student Populations

Why Do Students Drop Out

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Several large longitudinal studies include questions asked of high school dropouts related to reasons for dropping out of school.

See some of the most frequent reasons reported over the last several decades in this NDPC article.

"Why Do Students Drop Out?"

Meet America's Certified Dropout Prevention Specialists

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Join the growing number of practitioners who are Certified National Dropout Prevention Specialists by enrolling in the National Dropout Prevention Specialist (NDPS) Certification Program for educators and at-risk youth workers. Certified Dropout Prevention Specialists complete a professional learning program founded in the Center's 15 Effective Dropout Prevention Strategies, document their experience by completion of a job-embedded field project, and serve as a national resource for others who work with at-risk youth.

Click here to meet the Certified Dropout Prevention Specialists, to learn from their work, and to access their Field Project Report.


NDPC Headlines

October 3, 2019

33 Years of Dropout Prevention – Have We Been Barking Up the Wrong Tree?

Dr. Bill Daggett, Founder of ICLE and an internationally known speaker on the importance of preparing our graduates with the skills needed for the future workforce, Ray McNulty, President of Successful Practices Network and the National Dropout Prevention Center, and Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center, coauthored an Op-ed asking if… Read more »

April 23, 2019

Trauma-Skilled Certification Programs Announced by National Dropout Prevention Center

Trauma-Skilled Specialist Certification and Trauma-Skilled School Certification Address Skills Gap  Anderson, SC—(April 23, 2019)—The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC), a division of Successful Practices Network, announces two new certification programs, the Trauma-Skilled Specialist Certification for individual educators and the Trauma-Skilled School Certification for schools and/or school districts. Both programs address the growing need for educators and… Read more »

October 24, 2018

Research-Based Trauma-Skilled Schools Model Jointly Released by Two National Organizations

Research-Based Trauma-Skilled Schools Model Jointly Released by Two National Organizations Model Addresses Strong Links Between Childhood Trauma, School Violence, Truancy, Low Grades, and Dropping Out of School Anderson, SC (October 24, 2018)—In response to an alarming rise in the number of students who have experienced trauma and mental health issues and who do not succeed… Read more »

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October 4, 2019

Dropout Prevention Month: How to keep students engaged according to Dr. Robert Brooks

A key to keeping students engaged in school may be as easy as welcoming them every day by name and giving them a smile, said Dr. Robert Brooks, a psychologist and faculty member of Harvard Medical School who will be a keynote speaker at the National Dropout Prevention Conference Saturday, Oct. 5, through Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Aurora’s Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center.

August 19, 2019

Davidson River School Starting New ‘Trauma’ Program – Transylvania County, NC

For the new school year, Davidson River Principal Barbara Grimm is promoting a program she believes will increase graduation rates and test scores and, ultimately, heal trauma. 

Grimm presented details about the program, “Trauma-Skilled School Model,” during the Transylvania County Board of Education’s meeting Monday night.

The program, according to Grimm, teaches school faculty and staff to use the same language and approach when it comes to getting their students on the path toward academic success. 

“We know that one out of every four children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior,” said Grimm. “We believe strongly that 100 percent of Davidson River kids have faced some manner of trauma.”

Grimm said introducing the model at DRS came from working with the National Drop Out Prevention Center, and it hinges on the idea that working to improve test grades and dropout rates cannot be done without first working with students to heal trauma (which has a large impact on learning) and build resilience to it.

Adopting the program will involve a two-year process of training school personnel and reorganizing curricula to address students’ needs. Grimm said that funding to adopt this model has already been secured through grants.


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