Policies and Practices Related to Student Failure and Dropping Out: Tools and Resources

Students and teachers know how student success in school can be maximized. A few basic tools used locally can bring forward the ideas of local teachers, students and others to achieve exemplary status in dropout prevention. This Webcast will provide the tools you can use immediately.

Prior to the broadcast, it is advisable to download and print the first five resource documents. Dr. Morley will be referring to them during the webcast, and they are the resources and tools that can be used after the session.


Presentation Slides pdf.

A Framework for Learning Alternatives Environments in Iowa pdf(2008).

Alternative Learning Environments: A Checklist of Quality Indicators(2008).

Flowchart Depicting Student Learner Progress(2008).

Iowa Department of Education (1996).  Inventory of Policies and Practices Related To Student Failure and Dropping Out pdf.

Iowa Association of Alternative Education. http://www.iaae.net/site/. (2008).

Morley, R. E. (1995).  Restructuring Education Through Listening To And Involving Our Children pdf.

The International Association for Learning Alternatives(2010).


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.


Presentation Slides  pdf

100 Black Men of America, Inc..

African American Images(2010).


National Middle Schools Association (NMSA)(2010).

Schott Foundation for Public Education.

Franco, R. W. (2000).  The Community College Conscience: Service-Learning and Training Tomorrow’s Teachers pdf

McKinsey & Company (2009).  The Economic Impact of the Achievment Gap in America’s Schools pdf

UCLA Civil Rights Project.

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (2009).  Video: The Need for Positive Role Models for African American Males, the Late Bernard Gill

Improving Reading for Academic Success: Strategies for Enhancing Adolescent Literacy

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 at the middle and high school levels will learn techniques to assist their struggling readers in learning important reading skills, no matter what content area they teach.


Presentation Slides pdf.

6 Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension pdf(2007).  Quick Click.

Carnegie Corporation of New York(2010).

Encouraging Reading For Reluctant Readers pdf(2008).

O’Connor, P., Bintz, W., & Murray, R. (2009).  Improving Reading for Academic Success: Strategies for Enhancing Adolescent LiteracyEffective Strategies.

International Reading Association(2010).

National Council of Teachers of English(2010).

Southern Regional Education Board(2010).

Talking Points – Select Quotes on the Importance of Reading pdf(2009).

Ten Points All Teachers Should Know About Reading pdf(2009).

The Big Six Reading Skills Linked to Literacy Across the Curriculum pdf(2009).

Time to Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success pdf(2010).   New York, NY : Carnegie Corporation of New York.

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (2009).  Video: Pat O’Connor discusses the challenges of literacy in our society.

Building Authentic Relationships with Youth At Risk

Authentic relationships between students and educators are important in the process of learning. Building these relationships with disengaged or “at-risk” students can be difficult at best. This webcast presents an overview of an approach to building authentic relationships based on the experience, insights and educational background of the presenter.

Gayle McGrane is a principal at two schools in Forest Lake, MN, one being an alternative secondary school. As well as being an educational https://dropoutprevention.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/C.W.-Gardenhire-pic.jpgistrator, Ms McGrane is a clinical social worker, and approaches building relationships with students from her background in social work. Building trust as a means to building relationships is presented as the base of this approach. The theory behind it and the five essential strategies to building trust are also presented.


Presentation Slides pdf.

40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents pdf(2006).

Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory pdf(2009).

McGrane, G. (2010). Building Authentic Relationships with Youth At RiskEffective Strategies. Clemson, SC : National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.

McGrane, G. (2011).  Building Authentic Relationships With Youth At Risk. Professional Development Series.

Benard, B. (1991).  Fostering Resiliency in Kids:Protective Factors in the Family, School, and Community pdf.

National Storytelling Network.

School Climate and Learning pdf(2004).  Best Practice Briefs

The Comer School Development Program(2010).

The Search Institute(2010).

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (2009).  Video: Building Relationships Through Storytelling in Action.

McGrane, G. (2010).  Who Am I? pdfIn  Building Authentic Relationships with Youth at Risk. Clemson, SC : National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.

Promoting Powerful Professional Learning to Advance Student Achievement

The National Staff Development Council’s (NSDC) purpose calls for improving student learning by ensuring every educator engages in effective professional learning every day. Examine the vision and definition NSDC advocates to achieve this purpose. Review how nationally supported standards for staff development support professional development planning. Consider five leadership strategies and many resources to guide effective professional development in schools.


Presentation Slides  pdf

Hirsh, S. (2009).  A New DefinitionJournal of Staff Development, 30(4), 10-16.

A Powerful New Definition for Professional Development(2010).

About the Standards for Staff Development(2010).

Consider These Critical Questions to Strengthen Your School Improvement Plan. http://www.nsdc.org/news/jsd/hirsh274.pdf. (2006).  Journal of Staff Development, 27(4), 59-60.

Mizell, H. (2001).  How to Get There from HereJournal of Staff Development, 22(3)

National Staff Development Council (NSDC)(2010).

NSDC Has a Brand New Purpose(2007).

NSDC Policy Points – An Online Newsletter on Professional Development and Its Relevance to Policy Making(2009).

Presentation Handouts: Promoting Powerful Professional Learning to Advance Student Achievement pdf(2010).

Status of Professional Learning(2010).

The Role of the Principal in Dropout Prevention

Tune in for the first radio Webcast produced by Clemson Radio Productions in partnership with the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University. This live radio call-in program, broadcast over the Internet, is an opportunity for you to learn from and ask questions of a national expert in dropout prevention solutions.

Dr. Steven W. Edwards will discuss the Seven Key Principles that will provide principals with low-cost yet effective ways to encourage all students to stay in school. Based on his latest publication, The Role of the Principal in Dropout Prevention: Seven Key Principles, the live discussion will center on solutions that can be implemented immediately. While focused on the principal’s role, the program will hold interest for teachers, parents, and community members.


Presentation Slides pdf.

Kronick, R. F. (1997).  At-Risk Youth: Theory, Practice, Reform.

University of Minnesota College of Education (2010).  Check and Connect.

National Education Association. http://www.nea.org/dropout/index.html. (2008).

The National High School Center(2010).

Edwards, S., & Edwards, R. (2007).  The Principal’s Role in Dropout Prevention: Seven Key PrinciplesEffective Strategies.

U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (2008).  What Works Clearinghouse: Dropout Prevention. http://www.ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/reports/dropout/topic/index.asp. (2008).


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