Applying NDPC/N’s 15 Effective Strategies Through a DPI (Diploma Planning Institute)

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Aired on: October 11th, 2016

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Our Guest(s) This Week

Dr. Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is in his fifth year as a educational consultant, leadership coach, principal academy facilitator, and conference keynote speaker. Dr. Wilson works with school leaders (principals, assistant principals, and future, teachers, and system leaders to encourage, support and develop those who work in our schools. Prior to his current work, Mark has been a teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal. While he was the Principal of Morgan County High School in Madison, the good work of his teachers, students, and their parents led to his selection as the National Principal of the Year. Dr. Wilson leads a series of Principal Academies across his home state of Georgia, presents at conferences from one side of the nation to the other, and is the author of Do This. Not That! A Practical Guide to Successful School Leadership.

Dr. Lateshia Woodley

Dr. Lateshia Woodley, author and former alternative education student, is now a high school specializing in working with at-promise students and turnaround school transformation initiatives. Since 2008, Dr. Woodley has worked as a turnaround leader to help bring about positive changes in some of Georgia’s lowest performing schools. As the Principal of McClarin Success Academy, Dr. Woodley is leading implementation of a community-school model to assist students in overcoming barriers to successful completion of high school graduation requirements.

Dr. Alicia Dunn

Dr. Alicia Dunn, a native of Savannah, GA, is the Coordinator of School Counsel­ing, Supervisor for School Social Work, and the ChildTec Dropout Prevention Pro­gram in Clayton County Public Schools, GA. A former high school teacher and school counselor, Dr. Dunn has 23 years of experience educating and sup­porting the success of all students.

This Week's Topic

Join Dr. Sandy Addis, Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, as he presents a brief introduction to NDPC/N’s 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention. Then, to illustrate effective application of the strategies, Dr. Addis interviews three individuals who have been a part of a Diploma Planning Institute that presents the strategies as a means of increasing graduation rates. During the interviews,

• Dr. Mark Wilson, education consultant and 2009 National Principal of the Year, presents the need for focused dropout prevention initiatives designed to address schools’ and districts’ specific needs.

• Dr. Alicia Dunn, Guidance Coordinator for the Clayton County (GA) School District, provides firsthand insights into the organization, effort, and buy-in from stakeholders necessary to implement an effective plan to increase graduation rates.

• Dr. Lateshia Woodley, Principal of McClarin Success Academy, an alternative school that is a part of the Fulton County School System in Atlanta, GA, discusses her team’s journey in taking their school’s graduation rate from 19% to over 60% in three years.

Just as no two students are alike, no two schools or districts are alike either. This Solutions to the Dropout Crisis webcast presents a means to address graduation rates by tailoring the 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention  to specific situations. You’ll learn that while there truly is no one size fits all for dropout prevention, there are success stories that provide the inspiration when stakeholders are willing to provide the perspiration!


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