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Episode 84

Approaching Teacher Retention the Call Me MiSTER ® Way

Aired on: March 14th, 2017

How can retention rates for new teachers be increased, allowing for that all-important sense of continuity all students need to maintain the degree of engagement in school that leads to increased graduation rates?  Join Solutions to the Dropout Crisis as Dr. Roy Jones discusses the impact and success of Call Me MiSTER® (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective… Read more »

Episode 83

Introducing Solutions to the Dropout Crisis Magazine

Aired on: February 14th, 2017

Join Solutions to the Dropout Crisis webcast host Marty Duckenfield as she introduces Solutions to the Dropout Crisis Magazine, a 30-minute series created to complement the National Dropout Center/Network’s hour-long free professional development webcast Solutions to the Dropout Crisis. Marty introduces two Solutions to the Dropout Crisis Magazine episodes, each hosted by NDPC/N Director Dr…. Read more »

Episode 82

“Alternative Education: ‘Setting a Trend, Breaking a Trend’”

Aired on: January 10th, 2017

Director Randolph Dillingham and 1SG Rodney McCullough discuss the model for the Anderson County Alternative School (ACAS) in South Carolina. Since 1996, ACAS has established itself as a place where students in grades 6-12, some of whom have been expelled or removed from public school or have been court ordered to attend, can get back… Read more »

Episode 81

A Systems Approach to Dropout Prevention

Aired on: December 13th, 2016

Join Kelly Tonsmeire and Daniel Walker as we explore dropout prevention in the Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD), the largest Rural Education Attendance Area in Alaska in terms of number of schools and number of students. Encompassing an area the size of the state of West Virginia (21,000 square miles), the district runs 27 schools… Read more »

Episode 80

Systemic and Professional Development Approach to Dropout Prevention

Aired on: November 8th, 2016

The Bering Strait School District is located in western Alaska and serves 15 small, isolated communities comprised of an Alaska Native population. In 2010, Bering Strait School District’s graduation rate was 48%. Stakeholders in the district came together, applied for, and received a grant from the Alaska Native Education Equity Program through the U.S. Department… Read more »

Episode 79

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

Aired on: October 11th, 2016

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… Read more »

Episode 78

Getting It Right: Wise Policy Makes for Effective Dropout Prevention

Aired on: September 13th, 2016

When do school policies lead to unintended consequences that can hurt some students rather than help? When is a policy review at the school level warranted to determine when a policy might be doing more harm than good through these unintended consequences? Dr. Susan Bon, JD, Higher Education Program Coordinator for the  Department of Educational… Read more »

Episode 77

Resiliency: The Missing Piece in Early Warning Systems

Aired on: August 9th, 2016

Many school districts use attendance, behavior, and coursework (ABC) data as the key indicators in their early warning systems. Now, with the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) legislation, we must also look deeper at the nonacademic indicators of achievement and improvement. So, what if we could add resiliency and social, emotional data to develop… Read more »

Episode 76

The 21C Workplace

Aired on: July 12th, 2016

Meeting 21C workplace needs for both employers and employees requires not only an awareness of the role our nation’s workforce plays in the current global economy, but also requires planning and implementation of initiatives designed to ensure that future workplace needs can be met. Young people can also be more engaged in school when they… Read more »