NDPC/N Research and Practitioner Fellows
In 2012, the National Dropout Prevention Center announced the creation of the NDPC Research Fellows Program to contribute to the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University and the National Dropout Prevention Network in achieving their mission to reduce the incidence of dropout and increase high school graduation rates nationwide through research and evidence-based solutions.
“These Fellows will broaden the impact of the Center and Network through efforts such as collaborative research projects, public speaking including keynotes and serving on panels, and the development of practical resources for the field,” stated then Interim NDPC/N Director, Dr. Sam Drew. “Indeed, their initial plans include providing a regular meta-analysis of the latest research on dropout risk factors and effective programs, building on the NDPC’s 2007 report, Dropout Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs, and an Annual Report that will highlight the latest in effective strategies.”
The Fellows program will expand to include a NDPN Practitioner Fellows program. Those individuals selected for NDPN Practitioner Fellows will provide the practical outreach through the Network, based on the NDPC Fellow’s research findings and their own work in dropout prevention efforts at the local level. The two groups will work together and be known as the NDPC/N Fellows.
Stuart Udell, CEO of Catapult Learning, Inc., and then Chairman of the NDPN Board, added this endorsement. “Speaking for the Network Board, we are enthusiastic about this new direction for both the Center and the Network. We believe that the strength of these concerted efforts in dropout prevention will provide greater use of the Center’s outstanding resources and a more widespread dissemination through this growing Network.”
June 2012 Press Release
NDPC Research Fellows Meta-Analysis
Research Assistant Professor, The Center for Educational Partnerships, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University
Dr. Chappell holds a Ph.D. in Education Curriculum and Instruction from Old Dominion University, a Master of Education from Regent University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Virginia Wesleyan College. Currently, Dr. Chappell is co-principal investigator serving as analyst and consultant on a variety of projects:
- Student Growth Percentile Professional Development, Virginia Department of Education
- Troops to Teachers Program Evaluation, U.S. Department of Defense
- A Scale-up of Power Teaching Math in Middle Schools, U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, Investing in Innovation
She also serves as a member of the Regional Education Lab – Appalachia’s Southern Virginia College and Career Readiness Alliance and as an adjunct instructor in the Educational Foundations and Leadership department at ODU.
She previously served as an analyst for a randomized-controlled trial conducted by the Regional Education Lab – Appalachia, as Research Analyst in the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economics Research at the University of Memphis, as adjunct professor in the Computer Information Services and Computer Technology Services departments at the College of the Albemarle in northeast North Carolina, as Research Assistant for educational policy studies at the Old Dominion University Research Foundation, and as instructor in the Old Dominion University’s Darden College of Education. She has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and technical reports, including publications in the Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk, Preventing School Failure, and the NAASP Bulletin. She has experience teaching at the elementary level and as a Computer and Technology Skills curriculum designer. Her research interests include educational policy studies, teacher preparation programs, and educational technology initiatives.
Assistant Professor of Special Education
2011 – present: Assistant Professor
Department of Education and Human Development
Special Education Program
College of Education
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education and Human Development at Clemson University where I teach courses in the Special Education and Educational Foundations Programs. My research interests include improving educational and quality of life outcomes for students with high incidence disabilities, particularly those with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and those who are twice exceptional. My research within special education primarily focuses on the intersection of academic and social-emotional needs through the use of learning strategies, self-determination, and positive psychology. I also conduct research related to research methodology and analysis in the area of single-case designs.
Clemson University’s Graduate School
College of Education
Dr. Fleming is an expert at integrating subject matter content into out-of-school education programs for at-risk youth. As one of the 15 strategies for dropout prevention identified by the NDPC, before and after school as well as summer programs have great potential for addressing the needs of students in underperforming schools and underserved communities.
Dr. Fleming has taught at the elementary, high school, undergraduate and graduate levels and currently teaches research methods at Clemson. He has an extensive publication and presentation record and has secured over $4 million in externally funded grants to support his work. In addition, he has held leadership positions in professional organizations at the local, regional and national levels such as the Out-of-School Time SIG in the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE America) as well as volunteering with American Legion sponsored summer leadership programs.
Currently, Dr. Fleming is the Principal Investigator for GoalPOST (Goal-Oriented Performance in Out of School Time), a partnership between Clemson University and Anderson School Districts #1 and #4 and Pickens County School District. Among the emphases of GoalPOST is to integrate project oriented activities with goal-setting skills to improve academic achievement. The program also incorporates physical activity as a lifelong practice. The project involves over 450 elementary students and their families and is funded by the US Department of Education. The GoalPOST Project received the College Award of Excellence at Clemson University in 2012.
Senior Associate Dean, Division of Collaborative Academic Services
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Services and College of Education
Kathy Headley is a professor of reading education and a faculty member at Clemson University since 1987. Dr. Headley began her career as an elementary classroom teacher and reading specialist in Georgia before completing her doctorate in reading from Auburn University. In addition to her position as associate dean, Dr. Headley continues her collaboration with the Center of Excellence in Adolescent Literacy and Learning as the research director, having previously served as co-director of the center.
National VP and Superintendent of Schools
Former Chairman of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
Dr. Eurmon Hervey is National Vice President and Superintendent of Schools for Catapult Learning. He is an accomplished educational executive with a comprehensive blend of non-profit, government, and academic management experience. He has served in senior leadership positions in colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern geographical regions. In Washington DC, he served as Assistant State Superintendent and Deputy Chief State School Officer, where he worked directly with District of Columbia Public Schools. Dr. Hervey earned the Doctor of Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and the Master of Education from Harvard University. He also earned two degrees in pure mathematics; the Master of Science from Clark Atlanta University and the Bachelor of Science from Edward Waters College.
Associate Professor in the College of Teaching Learning and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University
My primary duties at Kent State University are to coordinate teacher education programs in Career-Technical Education. The program prepares teachers for secondary education teaching and we also offer an endorsement for teachers with academic licenses who wish to work with students identified as dropout potential. In addition, my scholarly interests are in workforce and economic development especially the role of literacy and life-long learning. As employers demand more of employees, students must be better prepared to meet the demands of the current and future workforce.
I view both areas as contributing to keeping students in school. Career-Technical Education has a long history of appealing to students who prefer more contextual types of learning. And, as the workforce becomes more sophisticated, entering employees will need greater academic skills which require improved literacy. We have infused instruction for Career-Technical teachers in how to support their student’s reading and academic abilities.
President of Cascade Educational Consultants, Bellingham, WA
Terry Pickeral is the president of Cascade Educational Consultants providing leadership in: youth engagement, school climate, service-learning, civic development, education policy, state and district leadership and other practices to sustain quality education reform focused on equitable student and community engagement.
He has worked with students from high-risk environments and those marginalized from quality education experiences. He is a senior consultant to the National Center for School Climate and the co-chair of the National School Climate Council, a national consortium advocating for policies and practices in support of quality, equitable and engaging learning environments. He is also senior education consultant to Special Olympics Project UNIFY, a national initiative on social inclusion in schools.
Sam Houston State University
Editor of the Journal of At-Risk Issues
Dr. Rebecca Robles-Piña is a professor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, in the Department of Counselor Education. Rebecca is a Certified Teacher, Certified School Counselor, Licensed School Psychologist, and Licensed Psychologist and in all of these roles has worked in schools teaching, conducting therapy, and performing assessment tasks.
Many are Rebecca’s research interests. For example, for more than nine years Rebecca has been the editor of the Journal of At-Risk Issues, a research publication of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network. She has also been chair of the Stress, Coping, and Resilience in Education SIG for the American Education Research Association. Further, Rebecca is the chair of the Outstanding Dissertation Committee for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and Education Testing Service (ETS). In that capacity three outstanding dissertations which impact Hispanic populations are selected from over forty dissertations that are submitted annually. In 2010, Sam Houston State University awarded her the Excellence in Research Award for her more than 65 publications of which more than 40 are in the area of at-risk populations who have endured bullying, who experience depression, and who are from underrepresented populations who experience social and emotional problems related to academic performance.
Rebecca’s teaching competencies are varied as well. For example, she teaches univariate and multivariate statistics and has recently written a textbook, A Template Approach: Simplifying Statistics for Research. Other courses she teaches are use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5 for Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, Methods of Research, and Mental Health Assessment.
Research Associate University of Minnesota
Little did I know more than 40 years ago when I started as a Reading Teacher at a high school in L.A. County working with students who were poor readers and hated school that I would spend the majority of my educational career dealing with all kinds of initiatives involved in dropout prevention and school change. I was involved with the Career Education movement in the 1970s and 1980s, the experiential education movement in higher ed/k-12 as Director of Field Studies at UCLA (and as a board member for the National Society for Internships and Experiential Education), and later as Director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse at the University of Minnesota.
Professionally, I am currently a Research Associate/Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota where I have taught courses on service-learning, experiential education, vocational and technical education, curriculum, and participatory evaluation. I am currently serving as the lead internal evaluator for the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education at the University of Louisville, have conducted more than 30 research studies on various topics, from service-learning and national service, to intergenerational programs, civic engagement initiatives, career and technical education, and youth led evaluation. I have published several books and more than 50 book chapters, articles, and monographs on a multitude of topics.
Almost all of my work has centered on two themes: student engagement and community connected learning. Overall, these are two of the most important topics related to dropout prevention and student retention in school and college. So, after all these years, I’m still working in the same issues I did when I began: making learning interesting, exciting, and meaningful for both students and the larger society.
Professor of Early Childhood Education
2001 – present: College of Teaching and Learning
Faculty of Teacher Education
College of Education
The academic success of students depends on the early foundations of education that take place in the preschool years. Research continually shows that children who engage in quality early childhood programs are more likely to succeed in their later academic efforts, particularly young children from low-SES homes or homes that are experiencing parental and life stressors. One of the 15 strategies for dropout prevention is early childhood education, and this strategy helps to set the stage for success in school attendance, school success, and long-term economic gains for both the student and society.