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.

National Dropout Prevention Center Joins National Innovation Initiative

The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) has found that a concentrated, leadership-driven focus on overarching student outcome goals produces improved graduation rates of 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) and to consider focusing local district goals on addressing the local dropout issue. Learn more here.

 

Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

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

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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.

http://dropoutprevention.org/mpdb/web/search

 

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?"

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NDPC Headlines

August 9, 2018

National Dropout Prevention Center Announces Achieve3000 as Innovation Partner

Innovation Partners’ Missions Support and Enhance National Dropout Prevention Center’s Work  Anderson, SC—(August 9, 2018)—The National Dropout Prevention Center announces Achieve3000, 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 align closely with the… Read more »

August 7, 2018

America Is Powered by Graduates—And There Aren’t Enough of Them

By Dr. Sandy Addis, Director, National Dropout Prevention Center Anderson, S.C. (August 7, 2018) – The American economy is prospering, it’s back-to-school time, October is National Dropout Prevention Month, and our future depends on how we understand and connect the three. Multiple indicators reflect a welcome degree of prosperity in many sectors of the American economy…. Read more »

August 2, 2018

National Dropout Prevention Center and the Institute for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Education (EDIE) Partnership Announced

National Dropout Prevention Center and the Institute for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Education (EDIE) Partnership Announced  Research Fellows to Play Key Role in Continuing EDIE Mission Anderson, S.C. (August 1, 2018) – The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC), the nation’s leading dropout prevention resource, announces its partnership with the Institute for Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Education (EDIE),… Read more »

From the Web

August 7, 2018

High school dropout rates in South Carolina: Ranking every school and district

Sandy Addis, director of the National Dropout Prevention Center, a national nonprofit organization that provides research and guidance on the issue, said a more accurate measure on the dropout issue used by educators is the high school graduation rate.

“It’s a measure of high school completion,” he said. “But it’s not totally a high school issue.”Some students begin to disengage from education even in elementary school, he said, and others “check out” in middle school though students cannot leave education until they are in high school.

August 7, 2018

Sandy Addis quoted as SC lawmakers look for ways to cut school dropout rate

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent | An increase in high school students dropping out is prompting questions of what the state can do to stanch the rate.

“We can’t just let these kids keep falling through the cracks,” S.C. Rep. Lin Bennett told Statehouse Report. The Charleston Republican serves on the House Education and Public Works Committee. “I don’t think we need to drag our feet on it.”

The S.C. Department of Education released dropout data last month that showed a slight uptick in the rate of dropouts to 2.4 percent during the 2016-17 school year after consecutive years of a declining dropout rate. It has raised alarm bells for education advocates and lawmakers.


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