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Episode 48

Improved School Nutrition: A Strategic and Moral Imperative

Aired on: June 18th, 2013

Dr. Ann will make the compelling case for improved school nutrition and wellness as both a strategic educational imperative and a moral imperative. There is much to learn today about the impact of good nutrition on school success. Tune in to find out about solutions to this problem. There is ample evidence that poor health… Read more »

Episode 47

Engaging Families and the Community as an Alternative to Expulsion: An Innovative Approach to Dropout Prevention

Aired on: May 7th, 2013

There is a large body of research that supports the importance of the family to the child’s or adolescent’s success in school. There is also growing awareness of the importance of providing prevention and intervention strategies for students who are at risk of being suspended, expelled, or of becoming disengaged from the educational process for… Read more »

Episode 46

The Power and Promise of Integrative STEM Education

Aired on: March 26th, 2013

No other area of education can turn so many ideas into realities and few have had such a direction and positive effect on the everyday lives of people than integrative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. Integrative STEM education is inherently practical, creative, and concerned with human welfare, while at the same time being… Read more »

Episode 45

Using Parent and Family Engagement as a Dropout Prevention Strategy

Aired on: February 27th, 2013

Family participation in education is a much more significant predictive of students’ academic success than family socioeconomic status. The more intensely parents are involved, the more beneficial the achievement effects. The more parents participate in schooling, in a sustained way, at every level—in advocacy, decision-making and oversight roles, as fund-raisers and boosters, as volunteers and… Read more »

Episode 44

Creating the Schools and Learning We Need—In Class and Online

Aired on: January 23rd, 2013

Are you ready to re-imagine learning? How do we go from “best” practices to “next” practices? Education insiders and outsiders are calling for improvement in the way we educate students. There seems to be synergy on all sides for change, so why isn’t it moving faster, and where are the results? We are told we… Read more »

Episode 43

Career-Focused Education as a Statewide Mandate: Eight High Schools in South Carolina

Aired on: December 5th, 2012

Learn how a statewide career-focused education reform affected some aspects of Career and Technical Education in the sample schools. Hear about some of the challenges schools faced in implementing a comprehensive career-focused education reform. Hear about how the reform had an impact on many students, across various groups. Our featured experts will be Dr. Cathy… Read more »

Episode 42

Expecting Success From Pregnant and Parenting Students: The Law and Promising Practices

Aired on: October 18th, 2012

Learn about specific recommendations for removing and reducing barriers for pregnant and parenting students. Hear about examples of promising practices that schools are already using to support pregnant and parenting students. Far too many pregnant and parenting students are pushed out of school as a result of discriminatory practices that violate Title IX, the federal… Read more »

Episode 41

Poverty and School Success: Challenges and Opportunities with Under-Resourced Students

Aired on: September 18th, 2012

Current research is clear that poverty can negatively impact brain development and that the achievement gap between children of poverty and their wealthier peers continues to widen. Under-resourced children score far lower on virtually every standardized test, statewide or national, than their more economically advantaged peers, and the dropout rate for low-income students is five… Read more »

Episode 40

A Look to the Future

Aired on: June 28th, 2012

The National Dropout Prevention Center and Network are entering a new era! Even as we have been celebrating our 25 anniversary, we were also planning for the future. Join us as we introduce to you our new National Dropout Prevention Center director, Dr. Beth Reynolds, as well as our new NDPC Fellows; our early ideas… Read more »