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 12

Improving Graduation Rates through Virtual Schooling

Aired on: March 10th, 2009

In his 2008 book ‘Disrupting Class’, Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School professor and noted author on disruptive technology and innovation, suggests that within the next decade, U.S. high school students may be taking up to 50% of their courses virtually. While independent virtual schools have begun to proliferate outside of the traditional school system, Stuart… Read more »

Episode 11

Engaging Families in the Pathway to College

Aired on: February 10th, 2009

The flip side of dropout prevention is planning for a positive future. Families play a critical role in helping students set goals, navigate the system, and plan for post-secondary education and a career. What school staff do to inform and support families to play this role makes an enormous difference to student success. Learn what… Read more »

Episode 10

Strategic Planning to Improve the Graduation Rate

Aired on: January 13th, 2009

Systemic Renewal is one of the NDPC 15 Effective Strategies. Learn how one school system has used this process of planning and continuous review of results to help keep students in school. The Fargo Public Schools, Fargo, ND, never suffered from the severely low graduation rates experienced in some areas of the country. However, in… Read more »

Episode 09

Middle College High School: A Meaningful Option

Aired on: November 25th, 2008

Middle college high schools are small high schools for students with academic potential who are not succeeding in traditional high schools or who have already dropped out. These students tend to be disconnected from regular high school for a variety of reasons. These schools, located on college campuses, limit enrollment to 140 students or less,… Read more »

Episode 08

Pasco School District Teen Parent Program: Our Children Are Our Legacy

Aired on: October 28th, 2008

The program today will focus on the Teen Parent Program at New Horizons High School in Pasco, Washington. The goals of this program are to help teen parents complete high school; reduce subsequent pregnancies; and prepare young parents for self-sufficiency. For the past ten years, this program has been meeting these goals with a variety… Read more »

Episode 07

Connected Counseling: Connecting Students to Success

Aired on: September 23rd, 2008

Standards based high school educational reform movements led to the creation of the American School Counselors Association National Model: ‘A Framework for School Counseling Programs’. Saint Paul high school counselors across the district learned the model and created ‘Connected Counseling: A Strategic Plan to Restructure St. Paul’s High School Counseling Programs’ to raise graduation rates… Read more »

Episode 06

Technology and Dropout Prevention – Tools, Tactics, and Things You Should Know

Aired on: August 26th, 2008

Dr. Chris Peters will discuss positive ways that technology can be made part of any school’s dropout prevention strategy. Topics to be covered in this live discussion range from “big picture” issues such as developing realistic expectations of what technology can and can’t do, to spotlighting specific technologies that are both powerful and inexpensive. While… Read more »

Episode 05

Keeping Youth In School – How Service-Learning Can Help!

Aired on: June 24th, 2008

The National Dropout Prevention Center has long advocated service-learning as a teaching methodology with considerable potential to prevent dropouts. Today’s program will give you an overview of service-learning and just how to effectively incorporate specific strategies to promote youth engagement in the service-learning process in order to foster their resilience. Learn about the principles of… Read more »

Episode 04

Addressing Bullying in Schools: An Introduction to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

Aired on: May 27th, 2008

In this broadcast, Dr. Susan Limber of Clemson University will address bullying prevention in schools. She will discuss what bullying is (and isn’t) and highlight several key research findings about bullying that have particularly informed her work in bullying prevention. She will describe the wide variety of ways that school personnel in the US are… Read more »