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 40

A Look to the Future

Aired on: June 28th, 2012

The National Dropout Prevention Center and Network are entering a new era! Even as we have been celebrating our 25 anniversary, we were also planning for the future. Join us as we introduce to you our new National Dropout Prevention Center director, Dr. Beth Reynolds, as well as our new NDPC Fellows; our early ideas… Read more »

Episode 38

Closing the Gaps Through Afterschool and Summer Programming

Aired on: April 10th, 2012

•  Learn what good afterschool and summer programs have in common • Discover who the partners are in your community and beyond There is great potential for improving student success through afterschool and summer programming, filling gaps in students’ lives that significantly impact their school success. Learn about these gaps and how communities can consolidate… Read more »

Episode 37

Service-Learning Districtwide to Increase Students’ Academic Engagement

Aired on: March 13th, 2012

How can service-learning help make instruction more engaging and help increase the connection students feel to school? Join Michael VanKeulen, the National Youth Leadership Council’s Outreach Director, to discuss NYLC’s work with school district leaders and professional development models aimed at helping districts extend service-learning as a strategy connected to current district initiatives. This webcast… Read more »

Episode 36

Applications of the Reggio Emilia Approach to U.S. Early Childhood Education Classrooms

Aired on: February 14th, 2012

This webcast focuses on an international early childhood approach that is influencing practices in the United States and globally. Brought to the U.S. in the early 1990s, the Reggio Emilia Approach is a constructivist approach that places emphases on the capacity of the young child as a learner; the importance of the learning environment; relationships… Read more »

Episode 35

Developing Alternative Education and Innovative Schools

Aired on: November 29th, 2011

The presenters will share a step-by-step guide to designing and evaluating innovative schools with descriptions of effective programs for credit recovery and dropout prevention. The guide may be used to think “outside the box” about what schools could be and how they can support students as they progress toward a diploma. Resources: Presentation Slides  Alternative… Read more »

Episode 34

The 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention

Aired on: October 25th, 2011

Learn how the 15 Effective Strategies implemented collectively work together to enable all students attain school success. As we celebrate 25 years of the National Dropout Prevention Center, we will look at the 15 Effective Strategies that form a framework not only for good dropout prevention, but also for our Solutions programs. Over the years,… Read more »

Episode 33

School Climate: Why Is It Important?

Aired on: January 10th, 2012

Participants will be exploring the importance of school climate in dropout prevention and school improvement. School climate is the quality and character of school life.  It is reflected in the values, norms, beliefs and behaviors of students and adults engaged in education.  Research consistently demonstrates the impact of school climate on student development and performance… Read more »

Episode 32

CTE: Key to Education Reform, Preparing the Future Workforce

Aired on: May 10th, 2011

In this program, you will learn how Career and Technical Education (CTE) plays a role in dropout prevention and school reform. Listeners will hear how CTE provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the career pathway of their choice. Resources: Presentation Slides  Bottoms, G. (2008).  A Vision for High Schools: Joining Academic… Read more »

Episode 31

Dropout Prevention Through Data and Assessment Literacy

Aired on: April 12th, 2011

Data-driven decision making and data-driven instruction can be overwhelming for all educators, already stretched with all the challenges they face in their schools and classrooms each day. Yet knowledge and a real understanding of the different kinds of data—and it’s not just standardized tests—can help educators become the creators of the significant, student-centered learning at-risk… Read more »