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 77

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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 77, Resiliency: The Missing Piece in Early Warning Systems

Next Episode: September 13, 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

June 9, 2016

New Release for 2016: 2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection, U.S. Department of Education

Review key data highlights from the 2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection. This newly released report offers data on a wide array of topics including: early learning, chronic student absenteeism, educational access in justice facilities. Read more. Explore the entire data set..

June 6, 2016

Let’s focus on students’ strengths rather than risk factors

In the late 80s and early 90s, I led a campus-based program for middle school students at-risk of dropping out of school.  The residential summer program engaged 60 to 70 students in academic classes, work skill development, employment, recreation and service activities.

The program was challenging for students, our staff of university students, teachers, counselors and our leadership team.  Many of the students did not want to spend their summer away from friends and family on a college campus 80 – 150 miles from their hometown; and taking classes in math and language arts was not their first choice of summer activities. Read more… via Terry Pickeral,

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