Dr. Sandy Addis, Chairman, National Dropout Prevention Center
Ray McNulty, President, National Dropout Prevention Center & Successful Practices Network
Thomas Hawkins, Manager of Content and Innovation, National Dropout Prevention Center

Student engagement is considered essential for attendance, learning, success, and graduation. Engagement has been hard to improve because it is complex and abstract. In this practice guide, the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) offers a practical working model for improving engagement and instruments that educators can use to assess engagement and select the best improvement strategies.

The practice guide defines student engagement as interest in and satisfaction with a school that produces voluntary attendance, willing cooperation, active participation, and learning progress toward graduation. NDPC suggests that educators address student engagement in three domain areas: engagement with people, activities, and instruction.

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