This program comes to you as a public service of the National Dropout Prevention Center. There is no fee, and no registration is required. You may listen to the program and view the supplementary materials using only your computer. Solutions to the Dropout Crisis airs on the second Tuesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, covering a variety of topics related to dropout prevention efforts. Solutions to the Dropout Crisis has been sponsored by K12 Inc., Fuel Education, Penn Foster, and Clemson University Broadcast Productions. View a full list of episodes.

Episode 21

Promoting Powerful Professional Learning to Advance Student Achievement

Aired on: February 16th, 2010

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… Read more »

Episode 20

Making the Connection: Advanced Technological Education and Dropout Prevention

Aired on: January 12th, 2010

Often overlooked, a dropout prevention partner in your neighborhood is your local two-year technical or community college. More specifically, those two-year colleges who work with the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program will definitely have programs and resources you can use and a desire to share them. The ATE program is designed to… Read more »

Episode 19

Service-Learning: A Dropout Prevention Strategy and MORE!

Aired on: December 3rd, 2009

Real, relevant, engaging – an excellent formula for students to move toward success. How does service-learning bring together best teaching strategies to create authentic education, provide meaning and purpose, and motivate youth to be involved? And why do these elements keep our youth in school and move them from surviving to thriving? Across this country,… Read more »

Episode 18

Building Authentic Relationships with Youth At Risk

Aired on: November 10th, 2009

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… Read more »

Episode 17

Improving Reading for Academic Success: Strategies for Enhancing Adolescent Literacy

Aired on: October 6th, 2009

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… Read more »

Episode 16

Graduation and Collaboration Coaches: Working Effectively Together

Aired on: September 8th, 2009

Learn how Graduation and Collaboration Coaches have contributed to an increase in Georgia’s graduation rate. Learn about the roles of these Graduation and Collaboration Coaches. This radio webcast will address a framework for dropout prevention that has been effective in Georgia-the state’s Graduation Coach program provides early intervention services to students at risk for dropping… Read more »

Episode 15

The Positive Effects of Mentoring

Aired on: June 16th, 2009

Mentoring is one of the most effective and certainly the most economical dropout prevention strategies. But in order to have positive effects, mentoring needs to incorporate the right elements, i.e., The Elements of Effective Practice. Kate Schineller will present a full program about mentoring, including who needs mentors; what the research says; and program design… Read more »

Episode 14


Aired on: May 12th, 2009

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. Resources: Presentation Slides¬† 100 Black Men of America, Inc.. African American Images.¬†(2010). Call Me MISTER…. Read more »

Episode 13

Dropout Prevention in the Digital Society

Aired on: April 14th, 2009

Being a teenager today is very different from when most of us reading this description were struggling with our own teen angst. Today students have no privacy, no “safe place,” and an audience that is truly, truly global. All with the click of a mouse. They are the ‘digital natives’…. Doris Settles, nationally recognized Digital… Read more »