This program comes to you as a public service of Clemson University. There is no fee, and no registration is required. You may listen to the program and view the supplementary materials using only your computer. Solutions to the Dropout Crisis airs on the second Tuesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, covering a variety of topics related to dropout prevention efforts. View a full list of episodes.

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Episode 71

Is Recess the Most Underutilized Opportunity in Schools Today?

Aired on: February 9th, 2016

Recess is an essential component for students to succeed and grow in school. Yet, many schools have cut back on recess time and frequency to focus on academic content. This presentation focuses on what the research says about the impact recess has on indirect factors such as academics and direct factors such as youth development…. Read more »

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Episode 70

Graduation Success Initiative: A Full Court Press Approach

Aired on: January 12th, 2016

  In 2011, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS)—one of the largest school districts in the state of North Carolina—developed and implemented the Graduation Success Initiative (GSI). It began as a student-centered districtwide approach to assess each senior’s status in meeting graduation requirements. While maintaining the student-centered focus, the GSI has evolved into an integrated and systematic tool—used… Read more »

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Episode 69

School Transformation Through a Social and Emotional Learning Based Freshman Seminar

Aired on: December 8th, 2015

Mr. R. Keeth Matheny, teacher, instructional coach, author, and speaker, Austin Independent School District (AISD), Austin, TX, is a Social and Emotional Learning Model Teacher and has been the driving force behind the creation, implementation, and promotion of AISD’s MAPS (Methods for Academic and Personal Success) program. The MAPS program is designed to support freshmen… Read more »

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Episode 68

Capacity Building: STEM to STEAM in South Carolina

Aired on: November 10th, 2015

By 2018, an estimated 81,000 STEM jobs will need to be filled in South Carolina. Despite an increase in STEM majors, however, students are not choosing STEM fields. Instead, they are selecting more “transdisciplinary” fields that include the arts. An innovative educational practice called STEAM (where “A” represents the arts) is helping students see the… Read more »

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Episode 67

The Emerging Scholars Program

Aired on: October 13th, 2015

Since 2002, the Emerging Scholars Program at Clemson University has helped students from low-income areas of South Carolina move forward to a brighter future after graduating from high school. In this special edition of Solutions to the Dropout Crisis, Emerging Scholars Program Director Amber Lange, and Assistant Director Jason Combs, will discuss the importance of… Read more »

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Episode 66

Reaching the Wounded Student

Aired on: September 8th, 2015

In the ongoing battle against dropout, Dr. Joseph Hendershott focuses on the “wounded” student: those traumatized by abuse, neglect, violence, bullying, poverty, and other societal ills. As founder of Hope 4 The Wounded Educational Seminars, Hendershott has dedicated his career to educating those who teach or work with marginalized students, sharing methods proven to ensure… Read more »

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Episode 65

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

Aired on: August 11th, 2015

Many communities in rural America are in major transition as leaders confront the realities of significant social, cultural, and economic shifts. Today, public schools are at a crossroads as they try to offer a modern education in the face of dwindling resources, changing school populations, and increasing accountability demands. With more than 12 million students… Read more »

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Episode 64

Youth Development Challenges in Kenya

Aired on: July 14th, 2015

This special Solutions presentation—”Youth Development Challenges in Kenya”—combines education and travelogue as two experts on Kenya share perspectives of their work and research in the country on youth development processes and opportunities, and the myriad challenges for students in Kenya’s K-12 educational system. Dr. Lawrence Allen, has visited Kenya seven times since 2010 as a… Read more »

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Episode 63

Family Engagement as a Dropout Prevention Strategy

Aired on: June 9th, 2015

As one of the country’s leading literacy organizations, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), since 1989 has focused on helping families make educational and economic progress by creating and improving family literacy programs. Literacy is at the root of a person’s ability to succeed and studies prove that family, home, and community are the… Read more »

Solutions is produced by Clemson University Broadcast Productions in partnership with NDPC/N, with support from Catapult Learning and Penn Foster.

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