Resources for Schools and Teachers During School Closings
School closures are traumatizing our students, families, and educators, presenting a new dropout risk factor and requiring us to develop immediate virtual solutions. The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) offers topical videos and virtual professional development to support schools and educators during current uncertain times.
Video 1: The Trauma of Pandemic School Disruption. John Gailer, developer of the Trauma-Skilled Schools Model, explores the far-reaching implications of trauma related to school disruption for students, staffs, families, and the community at large. View video here https://youtu.be/c0adDQH4Hro
Video 2: School Disruption as a Dropout Risk Factor. Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of National Dropout Prevention Center, discusses the short- and long-term effects of school disruption on the nation’s dropout rates. View video here https://youtu.be/jeoWYeQuAWo.
Video 3: Virtual Learning in a Time of School Disruption. Ray McNulty, President of Successful Practices Network and National Dropout Prevention Center, explores the advantages of capitalizing on virtual learning. View video here https://youtu.be/Y29CjY7NLRA.
Online Trauma-Skilled Courses: Online courses can deliver high-impact virtual professional development to educators who must work remotely during extended school shut down periods. NDPC offers five online courses in the Trauma-Skilled Schools Model, one course for each step of the model. Each of the three-hour interactive virtual courses addresses a component of chronic stress and trauma. Together, the five courses prepare an educator to implement trauma-skilled measures and to support other educators in their work with trauma-impacted students.
Online Effective Dropout Prevention Strategies Courses: NDPC offers 16 online courses focusing on one of each research-based dropout prevention strategy. Each two- to three-hour interactive virtual courses addresses a specific dropout prevention strategy and prepares educators to apply the strategy to improve graduation outcomes. Online effective strategy courses can deliver high-impact virtual professional development to educators who must work remotely during extended school shut down periods.
Free Virtual Professional Development
Hundreds of videos, archived broadcasts, and downloadable publications are available at no cost on the NDPC website. School systems are encouraged to access these resources and have staff members utilize them as professional learning tools during times of school closure. These resources may be previewed and accessed at www.dropoutprevention.org.
Online Professional Development Courses
Individuals, schools, and districts may purchase online courses for professional development. These low-cost courses make excellent no-travel options during shutdown periods and are available at https://dropoutprevention.org/15-effective-strategies-online-courses/ and https://dropoutprevention.org/trauma-skilled-professional-development/.
Connect: NY Trauma Informed Education.
Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center, recently participated in a panel discussion with host Susan Arbetter of PBS affiliate WCNY, that explores incorporating trauma-informed practices into the classroom, why trauma is affecting more children, and looks at the skills educators are adopting to help them cope. Watch Dr. Addis on Connect: NY “Trauma Informed Education.”
AR/VR’s Role in Increasing Student Engagement Featuring NDPC Innovation Partner zSpace
Join zSpace, one of the National Dropout Prevention Center’s Innovation Partners; Dr. Shanan Chappell Moots, Director for Research Analytics at Old Dominion University and NDPC Research Fellow; and Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center, as they discuss how using AR/VR technology as an engagement tool for students takes on a new and exciting role in dropout prevention. Watch Video.
NDPC Now Offers Virtual Program Assessment (VPA) for Alternative Schools and Programs
With school shutdowns and re-openings, alternative schools will become more important and leaders should consider virtually reassessing those programs. The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) now offers a Virtual Program Assessment (VPA) of alternative schools and programs. The NDPC Virtual Program Assessment provides expert analysis, consultation, and direction for the local school system to improve alternative programs at a lower cost than through an on-site Program Assessment and Review (PAR). The Virtual Program Assessment process consists of the following steps:
- Pre-visit consultation and planning with system and school leaders
- Pre-visit collection of data and contextual information
- Online pre-visit survey of program staff, leaders, and designated stakeholders on perceptions and activities relative to Focus Areas of Improvement
- Analysis of data and survey findings by NDPC alternative school consultant
- Virtual interviews with selected leaders to refine conclusions from online surveys
- Development of draft VPA Report to address findings, areas for further investigation, recommendations, and next steps
- Review of draft VPA Report with system leadership
- Delivery of VPA Report to address findings, areas for further investigation, recommendations, resources, and suggested next steps.
Read more here.
Grant Project Components
The National Dropout Prevention Center offers a variety of cost-effective project components and supports that can be written into grants to strengthen your proposal, increase the likelihood of project success, and achieve long-term sustainability beyond grant funding. Review our list of grant project components or contact the National Dropout Prevention Center for assistance.
Model Programs for Grants
The National Dropout Prevention Center's (NDPC's) Model Programs Database provides proven interventions for replication and inclusion in dropout prevention and school improvement grants. Proposals that replicate NDPC Model Programs are competitive and have high likelihood of achieving desired student outcomes. Visit the Model Programs Database or contact the National Dropout Prevention Center for assistance.
NDPC Support for Intermediate Units, RESAs, ESCs, and CESAs
The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) offers a variety of services that support the work of intermediate units such as RESAs, ESCs, and CESAs. These services include professional development, grant proposal assistance, and long-term initiatives to support member schools as they address post-pandemic issues and student trauma. As a national not-for-profit and as the nation’s oldest and most utilized dropout prevention resource, NDPC has successfully assisted dozens of intermediate units to create successful grants, offer credentialing programs, and deliver affordable regional summer professional learning events. As an example, NDPC recently partnered with Appalachian Intermediate Unit 8 in Pennsylvania to develop a funded grant proposal that supported the successful implementation of the Trauma-Skilled Schools Model across 15 rural school districts. See a video reviewing this initiative at the following link.
Specific services that NDPC offers intermediate units include:
- Low-cost, high-quality professional learning events
- Research-based dropout prevention strategies
- Grant proposal development
- The grant project partnership is a nationally-recognized service provider
- The National Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification Program
- The Trauma-Skilled Specialist Certification Program
- The Trauma-Skilled School Certification Program
- Alternative school analysis tools and improvement supports
- Virtual, face-to-face, or blended delivery of most services
Meet America's Certified Dropout Prevention Specialists
Join the growing number of practitioners who are Certified National Dropout Prevention Specialists by enrolling in the National Dropout Prevention Specialist (NDPS) Certification Program for educators and at-risk youth workers. Certified Dropout Prevention Specialists complete a professional learning program founded in the Center's 15 Effective Dropout Prevention Strategies, document their experience by completion of a job-embedded field project, and serve as a national resource for others who work with at-risk youth.
Practice Guide Addresses Pandemic’s Effect on At-Risk Students, Schools, and Graduation Rates
Anderson, SC (March 22, 2021)—In response to the pandemic’s effect on at-risk students, schools, and graduation rates, the National Dropout Prevention Center, a division of Successful Practices Network, announces the release of The Pandemic’s Effect on At-Risk Students, Schools, and Graduation Rates. The practice guide addresses pandemic-related issues and identifies opportunities for schools and districts… Read more »
National Dropout Prevention Center Awards Nation’s First Trauma-Skilled School Certification to South Carolina Alternative Program
For Immediate Release For Additional Information Contact: Lynn Dunlap National Dropout Prevention Center Phone: 864-280-2532 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org School District of Greenville County Alternative Program Completes Certification During National Dropout Prevention Month Anderson, SC (October 27, 2020)—The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) is pleased to award the nation’s first certification in the Trauma-Skilled Schools Model to… Read more »
National Dropout Prevention Center Offers Resources for Schools and Teachers During School Closings
Anderson, SC (March 24, 2020) — School closures are traumatizing students, families, and educators, presenting a new dropout risk factor and requiring schools to develop immediate virtual solutions. The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) has produced topical videos and virtual professional development to support schools and educators during current uncertain times. As an overview to the current… Read more »
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Why trauma-informed teaching relies on trust
Educators must excel at building healthy, supportive relationships
In adopting trauma-informed teaching strategies, Nampa’s leaders discovered what their colleagues in other districts have also learned over the last few years: Students have a greater chance of coping with traumatic childhood experiences and succeeding in class when they can turn to a trusted adult at school.
It is, therefore, important that educators excel at building healthy, supportive relationships with young people. In that sense, classroom management in an era of trauma-informed teaching must now incorporate elements of counseling, Russell adds.
Bud Carlson Academy: NH’s first ‘trauma-skilled’ school
ROCHESTER — “How many of you have been homeless?” was the question.
“My father was a drug addict and my mom was associated with bad people and was never really home,” said one student, who has attended eight different schools. “And then my parents were scattered all over the news. Kids picked on me. I was known for that at school, so I just started fighting people.”