2014 Diploma Plan Institute

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Summary

Diploma Plan Institute is an opportunity for teams of school and/or district administrators to consult with contracted field experts to develop customized, practical, and local plans to prevent dropouts and increase graduation rates.Teams will be guided through the development of a realistic plan based on a template provided by the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC/N). NDPC/N has a 27 year history of providing quality resources and assistance to states, districts, and schools seeking to increase graduation rates.

Benefits of Quality Planning

  • Clarifies direction and priorities for all involved
  • Creates ownership: those who carry out the work determine the work.
  • Defines direction for resource allocation
  • Replaces random acts and effort with focused work
  • Improves efficiency by aligning mission, priorities, resources, and effort
  • Minimizes frustration and futility of wasted effort
  • Provides the ability to track results

Key Conference Speakers

biopic-jamie-mooreMr. Jamey Moore
Dropout Predictive Data
Gainesville City Schools, Georgia
Director

 

Using the Right Combination of Data to Drive Your School’s Dropout Prevention Plan

Jamey Moore, Director of Curriculum and Instruction in Gainesville City Schools in Georgia, will lead school-site prevention teams in identifying and using the right combination of data to analyze, monitor, and make decisions as to next steps in tackling the dropout rate issue.


biopic-beth-reynoldsDr. Beth P. Reynolds
Instructional Leadership
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Executive Director

Student and Staff Learning: Ensuring Viable and Aligned Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction to Engage ALL Students and Build Staff Capacity

Dr. Reynolds will lead teams during this interactive session in looking at the impact of aligned curriculum and assessment in combination with student engagement strategies in boosting learning for all students, particularly those who struggle.


biopic-mark-wilsonDr. Mark Wilson
School Climate
2009 National HS Principal of the Year
Mark Wilson Education
Madison, GA

 

Climate and Culture: Planning and Establishing a Dropout Prevention Climate for Your School

Dr. Mark Wilson will address the significance of school climate and culture in dropout prevention and the role of the principal and school leaders in establishing a high-graduation-rate climate that is safe, orderly, inviting, and nurturing for all students, especially those at risk. Dr. Wilson will offer specific strategies for climate enhancement that may be included in school dropout prevention plans and methods for assessing climate improvement.


biopic-robert-eichornMr. Robert Eichorn
Alternative Methods/Programs
National Alternative School Associtation
President
Manassass, VA

 

Effective Use of Alternative Schools and Programs in Dropout Prevention

Mr. Bob Eichorn will review strategies and trends in alternative education and will address the importance of alternative programs and support structures in dropout prevention.


biopic-tom-wilsonMr. Tom Wilson
Community and Administrative Support
Anderson School District Five
Superintendent
Anderson, SC

Securing Support of the School Board and Community in Your Dropout Prevention Initiatives

Mr. Tom Wilson, Superintendent of Anderson School District Five, will address the importance of securing and maintaining community and system leadership support for dropout prevention initiatives that are addressed in the collaboratively developed school plan.


DPI Schedule

June 18-20, 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
1:30-2:00 pm Introduction and Overview
2:00- 2:45 pm Using the Right Combination of Data to Drive Your School’s Dropout Prevention Plan
2:45-3:30 pm Guided Team Plan Development
3:45-4:45 pm Ensuring Viable and Aligned Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction
Thursday, June 19, 2014
9:00-9:30 am Securing Support of the School Board and Community in Your Dropout Prevention Initiatives
9:30-10:30 am Guided Team Plan Development
10:45-11:30 am Identifying and Using the Right Combination of Measures
11:45-12:30 pm Guided Team Plan Development
1:30-2:15 pm Climate and Culture: Planning and Establishing a Dropout Prevention Climate for Your School
2:15-3:15 pm Guided Team Plan Development
3:30- 4:30 pm Guided Team Plan Development and Identification of Monitoring Measures
Friday, June 20, 2014
9:00-9:30 am Effective Use of Alternative Schools and Programs in Dropout Prevention
9:30-10:30 am Guided Team Plan Development
10:45-12 noon Team Progress Reports/Sharing
12-1:30 pm Lunch, Feedback and Closing Remarks by NDPC/N Leadership

Conference Details

June 18th - 20th, 2014

Kingston Plantation
843-449-0006
9800 Queensway Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

 

Contact Staff

John Gailer - (864) 656-2675

Registration
Denise Gianforcaro - (864) 656-3882

Exhibits
John Peters - (864) 656-0253