Rural Dropout Prevention Resources

The National Dropout Prevention Center is pleased to offer a collection of films, tools, Webinars, slide presentations, and articles that are designed specifically to assist practitioners who work to improve graduation rates in rural schools and communities. We invite you to review these resources and utilize them to support our work.

Many of these resources were developed by the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC), the American Institute for Research (AIR), and the Manhattan Strategy Group (MSG) for the US Department of Education to support the High School Graduation Initiative’s (HSGI) Rural Dropout Prevention Project (Contract No. ED-ESE-13-C-0069). The video products were developed by NDPC, AIR, and MSG in partnership with Clemson Broadcast Productions at Clemson University.

 

 

 

rdvp-multistateRural Dropout Prevention Videos

 

 

 


Increasing Support Systems for High Potential At-Risk Learners in Rural Areas
Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

 

 

 

Public Schools at the Crossroads: Addressing the Dropout Challenge in Rural America
Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

 

 

 

 

Addis, S., Bales, S., & Krise, R. (2017). The Rural Principal’s Guide To Dropout Prevention.
Identifies key dropout prevention practices, such as early identification of at-risk students, policy and procedure analysis, community engagement, social isolation and grade transition. The guide takes into account the multiple duties and limited resources typically experienced by rural principals.

 

 

 

 

Bales, S., & Addis, S. (2017). Recovery and Reengagement Initiatives in Rural Contexts.

Addresses the challenge of finding, reenrolling and reengaging dropouts in rural communities. Educators often need to evaluate and improve these programs but lack resources for external evaluation and technical assistance. The resource adapts research-based recovery program criteria to the rural context and yields a rating of the local program that can then be used to focus change efforts.

 

 

 

 

Bales, S., & Addis, S. (2017). A Guide for Rural High School Graduation Coach Implementation.
Addresses building support for a graduation coach program, funding the initiative, selecting the right personnel and developing the job description. It also includes a readiness assessment, task checklists and budget planning worksheets. The guide was authored by Dr. Sandy Bales and Dr. Sandy Addis.

 

 

 

 

The Local School Board’s Role in Dropout Prevention (Standard Screen)
Offers school district superintendents a guided resource that can be edited to include local data and information. The resource serves as a prompt for discussion of dropout rates by school board members.

 

 

The Local School Board’s Role in Dropout Prevention (Widescreen)
Offers school district superintendents a guided resource that can be edited to include local data and information. The resource serves as a prompt for discussion of dropout rates by school board members.