Online Professional Development in Dropout Prevention Strategies

NDPC offers online courses in each of the 15 research-based Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention. The 15 Effective Strategies are formally adopted by numerous states and school systems as highest-impact interventions for graduation rate improvement. Each of these 60-90 minute self-paced courses takes participants through an exploration of what the strategy is, how it fits within the 15 Effective Strategies model, and the research supporting it, allowing participants to envision for themselves how the strategy can be implemented well within their own schools and communities. Participants investigate successful implementations across the country, potential benefits and barriers to implementing the strategy, and key implementation characteristics to consider in setting up their own programs. Courses may be taken individually to build staff capacity or in clusters to complete professional learning requirements of the National Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification Program. For more information, contact Jennie Cole at


If you are interested in learning more about the courses, and would like to preview a course, please email Courses can be purchased individually as well as in bulk through the NDPC store.


Courses Available

Active Learning
Active learning implies engaged learners and students who embrace school. Learn more about how active learning can influence students in their decisions to remain in school.

After-School/Out-of-School Opportunities

After-school and out-of-school opportunities, camps, and clubs provide students with extended time for academics, hobbies, interests, and relationship building in safe locations. Examine the research and learn how these high quality programs can impact graduation rates.

Alternative Schooling
Different students have a variety of unique needs. One of the most important alternatives to graduating from a traditional high school is graduating from an alternative school. Learn more about how high quality alternative school programs keep students in school and some of the characteristics of these programs that make the difference.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Career and technical education provides students with relevance and excitement in entering adulthood, grounding them in skills they need to become productive and skilled citizens.

Early Childhood Education
Dropout prevention starts before students arrive to school. Learn how you and your community can be proactive in decreasing your dropout rate tears in advance.

Early Literacy Development 
Early literacy makes a difference in dropout rates. Learn the importance of early literacy and how community and school organizations can work together to help students develop early literacy skills at home and at school.

Educational Technology

Educational Technology as a tool in providing relevant and engaging student instruction can build a captive audience and keep students in school.

Family Engagement
Family support is one of the top influencers of students who do graduate, but family engagement can be difficult to attain at times.

Well implemented mentoring and tutoring programs help many students get back or stay on track for graduation.

Personalized Learning
Personalized learning is often the solution to a disengaged student’s barrier to successful high school completion.

Professional Development
Continuous high quality professional development around research-based strategies can increase student engagement and staff competencies.

Safe Learning Environments
Learning something new involves risk. Students are most invested in learning in environments that are physically, emotionally, and academically safe.

School-Community Collaboration
The school-community alliance can make a powerful impact on a graduation rate and the livelihood of the community as a whole.

Service-learning is a highly engaging form of learning that is somewhat directed by the student.

Systemic Approach
An “all systems on board” approach provides alignment and change required for a school and community to work together in making sure all students graduate.