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 has been sponsored by K12 Inc., Fuel Education, Penn Foster, and Clemson University Broadcast Productions. View a full list of episodes.

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Episode 62

Reducing the Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Schools

Aired on: May 12th, 2015

Dr. Ryan is a nationally recognized expert in the development of postsecondary educational programs for young adults with intellectual disabilities, in addition to teaching students with emotional and behavioral disorders. His experience includes K-12 instruction in educational settings including resource and self-contained classrooms, special day schools, and a residential treatment center. Dr. Ryan has over… Read more »

Episode 61

Data Analysis for Graduation Improvement

Aired on: April 14th, 2015

As a veteran educator for the past 24 years, David Riegel has been at the forefront of efforts to help students—and schools—transform. Prior to his current position, Riegel also served Franklin High School in Franklin, OH, as its principal, during which time graduation rates increased from 84% to 93%. Riegel’s graduation improvement strategy, which focuses… Read more »

Episode 60

Investing in Early Childhood Education: Making the Case for the 4K Program

Aired on: March 10th, 2015

Four-year-old kindergarten (4K) programs are becoming more common across the U.S. Designed as an enrichment opportunity prior to kindergarten, 4K incorporates play-based elements focused on nurturing the social, emotional, and early academic skills of four-year-old children. The importance and impact of 4K has grown based upon recent studies indicating that early childhood investments such as… Read more »

Episode 59

Competency-Based Learning

Aired on: February 10th, 2015

Ray McNulty is one of the nation’s leading experts in, and advocates for, competency-based learning. Instead of mastering skills through memorization and testing, competency-based learning allows students to achieve at their own pace, in addition to incorporating growth experiences outside the classroom, such as volunteering for a civic organization. According to McNulty, expanding opportunities for… Read more »

Episode 58

Using Social Media to Engage Learners

Aired on: January 20th, 2015

Student engagement is a challenging issue for all classroom instructors. Because the world outside operates at “warp speed” compared to the pace in the classroom, students tend to “power down” at the start of the school day. In this Using Social Media to Engage Learners webcast, literacy and social media experts Bill Kist and Patrick… Read more »