Meet America's Certified Dropout Prevention Specialists


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.

2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference in Detroit










We hope you'll be able to join us in Detroit for the 2016 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference October 2–5, 2016. Registration and Hotel Reservations are open. Scheduled Breakout Sessions are now available.

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

Episode 78

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Solutions to the Dropout Crisis airs on the second Tuesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Watch Episode 78 Getting It Right: Wise Policy Makes for Effective Dropout Prevention

Next Episode: October 11, 2016

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Why Do Students Drop Out


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/N article.

"Why Do Students Drop Out?"

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NDPC/N Headlines

August 16, 2016

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Names DeeperDive Learning Inc. as Innovation Partner

Online Education Professional Development Product Developer Joins Growing Group  Clemson, S.C. (August 16, 2016) – The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) announces DeeperDive Learning Inc., a provider of online education-related professional learning experiences, as its latest Innovation Partner. Innovation Partners are businesses, individuals or companies whose dedication in advancing efforts to reduce dropout rates nationwide… Read more »

July 29, 2016

Every Student Succeeds Act

To National Dropout Prevention Network Members and NDPC/N Friends, The U.S. Department of Education is encouraging feedback on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and has provided a public comment period that extends through Monday, August 1, 2016. The full text of the ESSA is available at . In addition, the full text of the… Read more »

July 14, 2016

McClarin Success Academy and the NDPS Certification Program

Dr. Lateshia Woodley, Principal of McClarin Success Academy in Fulton County, Georgia, discusses the successful efforts of the McClarin team in increasing their school graduation rate from 19% to 50% in two years. Dr. Woodley spoke at the recent Reaching the Wounded Student Conference: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Helping Youth Beyond At Risk in Kissimmee,… Read more »

From the Web

September 2, 2016

Local educators get “diploma minded” to increase future state graduation rates

FAIRMONT; W.Va (WDTV) Here in the Mountain State, it is believed that one student dropout is too many. Last year 86 percent of students graduated from our schools. Thursday education leaders from all across North Central West Virginia gathered to learn new skills in hopes of raising the graduation rate to 90 percent.

The Diploma-Minded Principal event was a day long even hosted by the National Dropout Prevention Center and the Regional Education Services Agency. The event challenged 75 principals and vice principals to become “diploma minded” in order to enhance their work in helping students graduate from our schools. Organizers say graduation must be a focal point for educators and students well before high school.

“There needs to be a lot of thought put in to it from the time their four, five and six years old, until they walk across the stage their 12th grade year,” said Cathy Hypes, Executive Director for RESA 7. Read More.

August 29, 2016

New Study shows Importance of Early Childhood Education, Family Engagement

“I think a lot of research and a lot of evidence shows that focusing on early childhood is really important if we want to create equal opportunities for kids. I think these studies show that the emphasis over the last decade or two in early childhood that we’ve seen most in public policy, the expansion of preschool stuff, but also in kind of messaging to parents and public information campaigns about the importance of doing these kind of things with their kids, has really started to pay off.” via NPR

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