Dropout Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery News From NDPC/N

Vol 18, no 6 November 2018

Dropout Prevention Update

From the National Dropout Prevention Center
November 2018—Vol. 18, No. 6

Register Your Team Today!
2019 At-Risk Youth National FORUM

February 17–20, 2019
Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation
Myrtle Beach, SC

2019 FORUM

Registration is open for the 2019 At-Risk Youth National FORUM. Submit a proposal to the 2019 At-Risk Youth National FORUM. Proposals are being accepted until November 30, 2018. Efforts to reach at-risk youth begin with CONNECTION. This year’s FORUM focuses on the skill of connecting. The conference offers breakout sessions and skill building workshops that help leaders build systems that are conducive to connections and demonstrate skills that assist youth practitioners in their efforts to connect.


2019 National Trauma-Skilled Schools Conference

June 23 - 26, 2019
Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South
Kissimmee, FL

2019 Trauma Skilled Schools

Registration is open for the 2019 National Trauma-Skilled Schools Conference. Trauma and stress impact the way individuals learn and behave, presenting a significant issue for educators and learners. In recent years, school systems and educators have worked at becoming aware and sensitive to this issue. Awareness of the issue, however, is not sufficient. The National Dropout Prevention Center has developed a framework that helps systems and schools prepare their workforce become skilled to help students excel in the classroom and life. The Trauma-Skilled Schools Model does not just accommodate or add additional activity, it looks at changing the way we do what is already being done.

The 1st Annual National Trauma-Skilled Schools Conference will provide insight and skills to help educators move beyond awareness and sensitivity. It is time we become skilled in dealing with this critical issue! NDPC’s Trauma-Skilled faculty will deliver breakout sessions on building resilience, culture transformation, community engagement, staff readiness, and academic integration.


2019 National Dropout Prevention Conference

October 5–8, 2019
Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center
Denver, CO

2019 NDPC

Registration is open for the 2019 National Dropout Prevention Conference. The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC), in partnership with The Colorado Department of Education, invites you to attend the 2019 National Dropout Prevention Conference, Gaining New Heights in Dropout Prevention, October 5-8, 2019. The conference is a valuable opportunity for superintendents, administrators, counselors, teachers, and any other stakeholder interested in the improvement of graduation rates in their system, school or community. Strategies and programs will be featured from across the country that have proven effective in engaging and sustaining students through graduation. The conference is designed to enhance the leadership skills of those seeking to strengthen interventions among school, community, and families, especially those in at-risk situations. The conference program will focus on current and innovative best practices, NDPC’s 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention, and trending topics and issues for the future.


See What You Missed at the
2018 National Dropout Prevention Conference

Have you ever wondered what a national conference is all about? Watch the conference video showcasing this great week.


Effective Strategies

Family Engagement

Family engagement has proven to have positive impact on dropout prevention, encouraging students to excel and providing the support needed to continue students’ success outside the classroom.

Using money from an anti-poverty grant, the Oswego City School District in New York purchased a series book for every student kindergarten through second grade that students take with them and keep at home to read with parents to boost parent engagement in the children’s early education. Each month students read a chapter so that they can answer trivia and write essays on the chapters. At Peach Plains Elementary School in Grand Haven, Michigan, nearly 90 families gathered for a family event centered on reading. The event shows student progress and involves parents of fourth grade students in selecting books for their children, providing the parents with a deeper understanding of what their child needs moving forward.

The five areas that The74, a non-profit non-partisan news site, suggest families should focus on with their students and the areas parents have the power to impact are attendance, data sharing, academic and social development, digital media, and transitions. This article expands on each of these areas of impact and describes what families can do to support and encourage their students to succeed.

Early Childhood Education

Effective dropout prevention measures begin early.

Psychologist Kate Gallagher, a family therapist in Missouri, says that any response to preverbal speech is positive as it teaches socialization. She explains that “serving and returning” with warm language is important for proper development in language skills. Another at-home practice to build oral language that was published recently builds on research around the difference between decodable and predictable children’s books. Simmone Pogorzelski looks at the disadvantage of traditional predictable books over time and why decodable books challenge children to draw on their accumulated knowledge of the alphabetic code rather than guessing.

A recent study shows that children with early exposure to art is associated with higher achievement in preschool to third grade classrooms. The study also looked at the effectiveness of fields trips for these groups to increase interest in the arts at an early age.

Service Learning

Teaching beyond the classroom is one of the strongest ways to increase student engagement. Two groups in Cleveland are using service learning to teach vital lessons outside of the classroom. At Gilmore Academy in Old Brooklyn, a class meets every day in a community garden to learn everything about how food gets to the table as they cultivate 33 plots and predict how much food will come from it. Additionally, with a first and second grade group, a charter school in Idaho followed a similar agricultural theme as they gleaned nearly 2,000 pounds of potatoes for a local foodbank.

At Greenwood Community High School in Franklin, Indiana, students practice service learning by going around and carrying out winterization projects in the local community. Everything from logistics planning to the labor itself the students are completely in control of what they do in improving over 30 homes in the area. Local businesses cover the cost of the projects, putting the entire community behind these service learning projects.


Grant Opportunities

Ezra Jack Keats Mini Grant
Deadline 3/31/2019
Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to public schools, libraries, preschools, and Head Start programs seeking additional funding for programs outside of the curriculum. Funds are for any public program within the United States.

ILA Nila Banton Smith Teacher as Researcher Grant
Deadline 3/15/2019
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to teachers who show outstanding leadership in translating theory and current research into practice in developing content area literacy. Teachers must be members of the International Literacy Association and be practicing K-12 teachers. Group and individual applications will be accepted.

Build It Yourself - Let's Play Community Construction Grants
Deadline 1/19/2019
Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded for the purchase of playground equipment. This is available for schools, communities, and non-profits that do not have any or have unsafe playground equipment. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Fund for Teachers Grant
Deadline 1/13/2019
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded for a teachers’ professional development. Teachers must have three years’ experience, spend at least 50% of their time directly providing instruction to students, and be returning to the classroom in the consecutive school year. Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 and teams may apply for up to $10,000.


NDPC Resources

The National Dropout Prevention Center offers a number of free or low-cost resources on our website www.dropoutprevention.org

Read NDPC’s quarterly newsletter at http://dropoutprevention.org/resources/ndpcn-quarterly-newsletters/

Access NDPC Dropout Prevention E-Newsletters at http://dropoutprevention.org/resources/e-newsletters/

NDPC journals are available at http://dropoutprevention.org/resources/journals/

Archived Solutions to the Dropout Crisis webinars are available at http://dropoutprevention.org/webcast/

NDPC offers a series of online courses based on the 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention. Each course is individually priced and is self-paced and interactive, including video clips and self-assessments. Go to http://dropoutprevention.org/15-effective-strategies-online-courses/ for more information.

Over 500 educators and practitioners have enrolled in the National Dropout Prevention Specialist certification program. The program is founded on NDPC’s research-based effective strategies, known youth risk factors, professional learning participation, and field implementation of acquired knowledge. The certification verifies and strengthens dropout prevention experience and expertise and facilitates networking with others equally dedicated to dropout prevention. Visit www.dropoutprevention.org/services-certifications/national-dropout-prevention-specialist-certification-program to register.


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