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 17

Improving Reading for Academic Success: Strategies for Enhancing Adolescent Literacy

Aired on: October 6th, 2009

If your students can’t read, they cannot learn science, math, or history and are more likely to become dropouts. Dr. Pat O’Connor and Dr. Bill Bintz from Kent State University will be joined by Renee Murray of the Southern Regional Education Board as they share their expertise on the critical topic of adolescent literacy. Educators… Read more »

Episode 16

Graduation and Collaboration Coaches: Working Effectively Together

Aired on: September 8th, 2009

Learn how Graduation and Collaboration Coaches have contributed to an increase in Georgia’s graduation rate. Learn about the roles of these Graduation and Collaboration Coaches. This radio webcast will address a framework for dropout prevention that has been effective in Georgia-the state’s Graduation Coach program provides early intervention services to students at risk for dropping… Read more »

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 »

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

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