This program comes to you as a public service of the National Dropout Prevention Center. 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. Solutions to the Dropout Crisis is sponsored by K12 Inc. View a full list of episodes.

Episode 15

The Positive Effects of Mentoring

Aired on: June 16th, 2009

Mentoring is one of the most effective and certainly the most economical dropout prevention strategies. But in order to have positive effects, mentoring needs to incorporate the right elements, i.e., The Elements of Effective Practice. Kate Schineller will present a full program about mentoring, including who needs mentors; what the research says; and program design… Read more »

Episode 14


Aired on: May 12th, 2009

The mission of the Call Me MISTER (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) National Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the Nation’s lowest performing elementary schools. Resources: Presentation Slides¬† 100 Black Men of America, Inc.. African American Images.¬†(2010). Call Me MISTER…. Read more »

Episode 13

Dropout Prevention in the Digital Society

Aired on: April 14th, 2009

Being a teenager today is very different from when most of us reading this description were struggling with our own teen angst. Today students have no privacy, no “safe place,” and an audience that is truly, truly global. All with the click of a mouse. They are the ‘digital natives’…. Doris Settles, nationally recognized Digital… Read more »

Episode 12

Improving Graduation Rates through Virtual Schooling

Aired on: March 10th, 2009

In his 2008 book ‘Disrupting Class’, Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School professor and noted author on disruptive technology and innovation, suggests that within the next decade, U.S. high school students may be taking up to 50% of their courses virtually. While independent virtual schools have begun to proliferate outside of the traditional school system, Stuart… Read more »

Episode 11

Engaging Families in the Pathway to College

Aired on: February 10th, 2009

The flip side of dropout prevention is planning for a positive future. Families play a critical role in helping students set goals, navigate the system, and plan for post-secondary education and a career. What school staff do to inform and support families to play this role makes an enormous difference to student success. Learn what… Read more »

Episode 10

Strategic Planning to Improve the Graduation Rate

Aired on: January 13th, 2009

Systemic Renewal is one of the NDPC 15 Effective Strategies. Learn how one school system has used this process of planning and continuous review of results to help keep students in school. The Fargo Public Schools, Fargo, ND, never suffered from the severely low graduation rates experienced in some areas of the country. However, in… Read more »

Episode 09

Middle College High School: A Meaningful Option

Aired on: November 25th, 2008

Middle college high schools are small high schools for students with academic potential who are not succeeding in traditional high schools or who have already dropped out. These students tend to be disconnected from regular high school for a variety of reasons. These schools, located on college campuses, limit enrollment to 140 students or less,… Read more »

Episode 08

Pasco School District Teen Parent Program: Our Children Are Our Legacy

Aired on: October 28th, 2008

The program today will focus on the Teen Parent Program at New Horizons High School in Pasco, Washington. The goals of this program are to help teen parents complete high school; reduce subsequent pregnancies; and prepare young parents for self-sufficiency. For the past ten years, this program has been meeting these goals with a variety… Read more »

Episode 07

Connected Counseling: Connecting Students to Success

Aired on: September 23rd, 2008

Standards based high school educational reform movements led to the creation of the American School Counselors Association National Model: ‘A Framework for School Counseling Programs’. Saint Paul high school counselors across the district learned the model and created ‘Connected Counseling: A Strategic Plan to Restructure St. Paul’s High School Counseling Programs’ to raise graduation rates… Read more »

Solutions is produced by Clemson University Broadcast Productions in partnership with NDPC/N, with support from K12 Inc, and FuelEducation.

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