Clemson, S.C. (March 4, 2016) – The National Dropout Prevention Center/ Network (NDPC/N) announced a collaborative partnership between the NDPC/N and the National Alternative Education Association (NAEA) to address dropout prevention and recovery strategies. The announcement was made by Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, and Ms. Kay Davenport, President of the National Alternative Education Association, at the At-Risk Youth National FORUM in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The NDPN–NAEA partnership will inform stakeholders in both organizations on mutual capabilities in dropout prevention and recovery and will feature collaborations on regional and national forums and conferences dedicated to sharing effective dropout reduction strategies.
“The National Alternative Education Association membership has always valued the work of NDPC/N. The new partnership established between NAEA and NDPC/N is an exciting one and a natural fit. Both organizations will be strengthened as we share resources and offer joint membership,” noted Davenport. “I am most excited about NDPC/N’s creation of the National Dropout Prevention Specialist Certification Program which includes many elements consistent with NAEA’s approach to providing alternative learning environments for students and helps put the inherent value of alternative education in the forefront of dropout prevention efforts. Alternative education programs are specifically tailored to meet the needs of students who may be struggling or are at risk of dropping out. Together we can ensure that every young person may find a path to the educational goals of the community,” she continued.
“Because both the NDPC/N and the NAEA share a common goal and mission in dropout prevention and recovery, the stakeholders of both organizations will reap the benefits of the partnership,” stated Addis. “We’re excited about the opportunity to share resources, research and best practices with the many like-minded members of NAEA. Through our work together, we can broaden dropout prevention, remediation and recovery resources and increase distribution of those resources so that even more practitioners and other stakeholders have access to cutting edge research, information and opportunities for collaboration. The opportunities for collaboration are tremendous and I look forward to exploring them as the NDPC/N continues our mission to increase graduation rates through research and evidence-based solutions.”
Established in 1986 as a national center and network to bring research to practice and provide solutions for engaging and supporting at-risk students and reducing the dropout rate, the NDPC/N has become the country’s leading resource for proven dropout prevention strategies and programs. The NAEA is committed to best practice, resource sharing, research and networking to benefit youth and children through alternative learning options.
About the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N)
Established in 1986 as a national center and network to bring research to practice and provide solutions for engaging and supporting at-risk students and reducing the dropout rate, the NDPC/N shares solutions for student success and dropout prevention through its clearinghouse function, active research and evaluation projects, publications, and a variety of professional development activities and conferences. The organization’s website—www.dropoutprevention.org—is the nation’s leading resource in providing effective, research-based solutions to engaging students and reducing dropout. The NDPC/N is housed in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.
About The National Alternative Education Association
The National Alternative Education Association (NAEA) is made up of teachers, counselors, para-professionals, crisis workers, administrators, school resource officers, board members and others who are interested in and committed to best practice, resource sharing, research and networking to benefit youth and children through alternative learning options. NAEA offers membership and affiliation opportunities, professional development opportunities and current research in addition to public policy advocacy efforts. For more information, go to www.the-naea.org.