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 30

Project-Based Learning: A Working Model for Student Engagement

Aired on: March 8th, 2011

Angela Wall, an instructor at Wayne Community College, and one of her students, Bernard Green, will explain to listeners what Project-Based Learning (PBL) is, why students benefit from it, how teachers can use it, and how to avoid pitfalls. The presenters will provide enough resources for teachers so they can conduct their own project. A… Read more »

Episode 29

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: What Does PBIS Have to Do With Prevention?

Aired on: February 8th, 2011

Establishing an effective positive schoolwide climate or culture is an important element of a successful prevention effort. Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is one prevention approach that emphasizes the adoption and implementation of evidence-based behavioral interventions to establish a positive school culture and enhance academic and social success for all students. In this webcast,… Read more »

Episode 28

Professional Learning Communities: An Infrastructure for Dropout Prevention and School Improvement

Aired on: November 9th, 2010

Professional learning communities (PLCs) is a term used with some regularity in describing teacher work groups in schools. In the next webcast, we will learn from experts from SEDL in Austin, Texas, what is and is not a professional learning community. Listeners will also be able to determine how schools that operate as PLCs use… Read more »

Episode 27

Beyond the Bully Pulpit: The Mayor’s Role in Dropout Prevention

Aired on: October 12th, 2010

How can elected officials, in particular mayors, be engaged in dropout prevention? What can school officials and citizens do to engage their elected officials? Dropout prevention is everyone’s responsibility. This webcast will focus on how communities can mobilize around a comprehensive dropout prevention planning process and how citizens and school leaders can engage their mayors… Read more »

Episode 26

Family Involvement Makes a Difference

Aired on: September 14th, 2010

In this broadcast, Pat Davenport, Chief Executive Officer of Families And Schools Together Inc. will address parent involvement in schools. She will talk about the importance of family involvement and highlight several key research findings about parent involvement. Davenport will  describe the various types of parent involvement and will feature a  multi-faceted evidence based program named FAST.  It was developed… Read more »

Episode 25

Successful Summers: The Role of High-Quality Summer Learning in High School Completion

Aired on: June 8th, 2010

How young people spend their time during the summer months has a proven effect on academic achievement, graduation rates, and preparation for college. The mission of the National Summer Learning Association is to connect and equip schools and community organizations to deliver quality summer learning programs to our nation’s youth to help close the achievement… Read more »

Episode 24

Lessons From the IDRA Coca-Cola Valued Youth Program

Aired on: May 11th, 2010

All children are valuable; none is expendable. But the fact is U.S. high schools lose more than one third of their students before graduation, and the cumulative impact of this attrition affects every person. But, schools can increase their “holding power” by transforming how they recognize students’ inherent value, their contributions, and their potential significance… Read more »

Episode 23

School Climate Through Students’ Eyes

Aired on: April 13th, 2010

Dr. William Preble and some of his student leaders will share the work that they have been doing to improve school climate and learning. They will show the importance of inviting disengaged students to serve as school climate experts and school leaders in the SafeMeasures School Climate Improvement Process. They will also share examples of… Read more »

Episode 22

Building the Foundation for School Success: Introducing The Parent-Child Home Program

Aired on: March 16th, 2010

Preparing children to enter school with the cognitive and social-emotional skills they need to be successful students is critical to bridging the achievement gap. The Parent-Child Home Program, a school readiness program replicated in communities across the country, successfully prepares two- and three-year-olds to enter school ready to learn. Working with parents and children together,… Read more »