Dropout Prevention Update June 1, 2009 — Volume 8, Number 12 -- National Dropout Prevention Center/Network
Top Stories | Sound Connections | Video | Funding Sources | Policy Updates | International Notes | Students With Disabilities | Effective Strategies | Resources and Tools | Feedback
Online registration is now open for the 21st Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference in
This updated report focuses on the “beyond school” factors that round out our understanding of academic achievement gaps. Parsing the Achievement Gap II has been published by Educational Testing Service.
Meet Joe and Judy Pauley, two of the individual winners of the 2008 Crystal Star Award of Excellence.
The recession has been particularly brutal for those without a college education. Teens can dramatically improve their shot at a job by getting training in high school. Listen to the story at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104527844
Materials are ready now for the June 16th broadcast of Solutions to the Dropout Crisis. On that day, at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, you may listen to and participate in this live radio webcast by connecting to the Internet. Kate Schineller, Vice President of MENTOR, will provide an overview of mentoring, and then focus on a program where mentors are working with the children of prisoners.
Turning the Tide, a video produced by
Second Chance Juvenile Mentoring Initiative offers grants of up to $625,000 for 3 years to support evidence-based programs that match mentoring pairs during youth’s confinement and that end with successful community reintegration.
Deadline: June 15, 2009.
National Association of Elementary School Principals/MetLife Foundation Sharing the Dream Grants let principals test ideas about involving and engaging their communities to build greater ownership for the work of their school. Maximum award: $3,000.
Deadline: July 8, 2009.
As part of AmeriCorps Week, the Corporation for National and Community Service today announced $85 million in Recovery Act grants to put 10,000 AmeriCorps members in distressed communities to meet critical social needs resulting from the economic crisis.
State of the World’s Mothers, from Save the Children, highlights the urgent need to reach 75 million children in developing countries who fail to complete primary school as well as the 2.5 million fourth graders in the
Students With Disabilities
Career-Focused Services for Students with Disabilities at Community Colleges—This study from the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth and the
Career and Technical Education
In pockets around the country, a retooling of classes in career and technical education aims to give students job training, exposure to new technologies, and windows into different careers.
Learning Supports and Small Schools presents the challenges of small schools and offers recommendations.
This newsletter from the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement focuses on the important transition from middle school to high school.
RMC has produced a new resource, K-12 Service-Learning Project Planning Toolkit. You will see ways to ensure that your program meets the Standards and Indicators for K-12 Quality Service-Learning.
Resources and Tools
The Coalition for Student Achievement says, “The federal government's unprecedented $100 billion investment in our nation's public schools through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform public education.” See Smart Options: Investing the Recovery Funds for Student Success.
The Schott Foundation for Public Education has released a new 50-state report on the opportunity to learn in
Dropouts in the Denver Public Schools: Early Warning Signals and Possibilities for Prevention and Recovery shows that Denver students who get at least one failing grade on their report cards, even in sixth grade, are at higher risk of dropping out of school later.
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