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  • Early Childhood Education

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    Birth-to-five interventions demonstrate that providing a child additional enrichment can enhance brain development. The most effective way to reduce the number of children who will ultimately drop out is to provide the best possible classroom instruction from the beginning of their school experience through the primary grades.

    Birth-to-five interventions demonstrate that providing a child additional enrichment can enhance brain development. The most effective way to reduce the number of children who will ultimately drop out is to provide the best possible classroom instruction from the beginning of their school experience through the primary grades.

    Learning Objectives

    Learner will identify specific strategies that enhance brain development in children from birth to five years of age.

    Learner will identify five effective strategies that enhance classroom instruction to decrease dropout rates. 

    Learner will create a successful program using best practices identified through research.

    Learner will define Early Childhood Education and explain how the strategy impacts dropout rates.

    Learner will create one example of the effective use of the strategy.


    Instructed By: Dr. Sandy Addis

    Est. Time: 02:450hrs

    Introduction: Play Video

  • Early Literacy Development

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    Early literacy interventions to help low-achieving students improve their reading and writing skills establish the necessary foundation for effective learning in all other subjects. Literacy development focus should continue P-12.

    Early literacy interventions to help low-achieving students improve their reading and writing skills establish the necessary foundation for effective learning in all other subjects. Literacy development focus should continue P-12.

    Learning Objectives

    The learner will explain why early literacy development is important to the development of general reading skills.

    The learner will create a literacy program based on best practices and elements of a high-quality literacy program.

    The learner will identify components of high-quality early literacy programs.

    The learner will investigate examples of community and corporate-supported early literacy programs that contribute to increased graduation rates.

    The learner will explain how early literacy development impacts school graduation rates.

    The learner will investigate literacy development opportunities for non-English speaking students regardless of age.



    Instructed By: Dr. Sandy Addis

    Est. Time: 03:20 hrs

    Introduction: Play Video


  • Educational Technology

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    Instructional technology can effectively enhance and transform teaching and learning while engaging students in meaningful, current, and authentic efforts; addressing multiple intelligences, and adapting to students’ learning styles. Technology can be utilized to differentiate and individualize instruction based on specific student needs. The effective use of technology also includes transformational teaching approaches such as flipped and blended learning as appropriate. These approaches further prepare students for college and careers that will require them to acquire information to make decisions and solve problems.

    Instructional technology can effectively enhance and transform teaching and learning while engaging students in meaningful, current, and authentic efforts; addressing multiple intelligences, and adapting to students’ learning styles. Technology can be utilized to differentiate and individualize instruction based on specific student needs. The effective use of technology also includes transformational teaching approaches such as flipped and blended learning as appropriate. These approaches further prepare students for college and careers that will require them to acquire information to make decisions and solve problems.

    Learning Objectives

    The learner will explain how utilizing technology to enhance instruction and engage students can impact the graduation rate.

    The learner will transform a mundane lesson plan into an engaging one with at least one educational technology tool or app.

    The learner will address a chosen technology implementation barrier by proposing a solution.

    The learner will choose a technology app that enhances student engagement, utilize it in the classroom, and reflect on the observed student engagement impact.

    The learner will create a plan to continue learning and using one educational technology tool or app every two months that will positively impact student engagement.

    The learner will illustrate and explain SAMR and its importance in utilizing educational technology in the classroom.

    The learner will explain how blended and flipped learning can benefit student engagement and academic achievement.


    Instructed By: Dr. Sandy Addis

    Est. Time: 02:30 hrs

    Introduction: Play Video



  • Family Engagement

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    Research consistently finds that family engagement has a direct, positive effect on youth’s achievement and is one of the most accurate predictors of a student’s success in school. Critical elements of this type of collaboration rely on effective, ongoing, and multi-dimensional, two-way communication as well as ongoing needs assessments and responsive family supports and interventions.

    Research consistently finds that family engagement has a direct, positive effect on youth’s achievement and is one of the most accurate predictors of a student’s success in school. Critical elements of this type of collaboration rely on effective, ongoing, and multi-dimensional, two-way communication as well as ongoing needs assessments and responsive family supports and interventions.

    Learning Objectives

    The learner will explain how family engagement impacts graduation rates.

    The learner will cite at least 3 examples of high quality family engagement.

    The learner will identify a typical barrier to family engagement and develop or locate a solution for the barrier listed.

    The learner will identify effective and ineffective family engagement strategies being utilized in a local school district and analyze why they are not effective.

    The learner will create a video explaining to parents several ways to engage in their student’s learning.


    Instructed By: Dr. Sandy Addis

    Est. Time: 02:45 hrs

    Introduction: Play Video



  • Mentoring/Tutoring

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    Well implemented mentoring and tutoring programs have worked wonders for many students to put them back on track for graduation. Find out how you can implement a high-quality program for struggling students who may easily derail to dropout status.

    Well implemented mentoring and tutoring programs have worked wonders for many students to put them back on track for graduation. Find out how you can implement a high-quality program for struggling students who may easily derail to dropout status.

    Learning Objectives

    The learner will explain how an effective mentoring/tutoring program can impact graduation rates.

    The learner will investigate 2 different mentoring/tutoring programs and compare/contrast them with essential program elements.

    The learner will create a job description for the ideal candidate to operate and manage a new mentoring/tutoring program. The learner will create a job description for the ideal candidate to operate and manage a new mentoring/tutoring program.

    The learner will design the ultimate mentoring/tutoring program for a local community or school based on available state testing data within a provided budget.

    The learner will design and arrange a room to house an ideal mentoring/tutoring program.

    The learner will design a rubric to use in measuring the quality of their mentoring/tutoring program.


    Instructed By: Dr. Sandy Addis

    Est. Time: 02:45 hrs

    Introduction: Play Video


  • Personalized Learning

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    Learning experiences can be individualized, differentiated, or personalized. In an environment that is fully personalized, the learning objectives, and content as well as the method and pace may all vary.

    Learning experiences can be individualized, differentiated, or personalized.  In an environment that is fully personalized, the learning objectives, and content as well as the method and pace may all vary.

    Learning Objectives

    The learner will explain how individualized instruction impacts the graduation rate.

    The learner will explain how blended instruction and personalized learning can be used to provide individualized learning opportunities.

    The learners will describe how personalized learning can be utilized to motivate students in regular schools.

    The learners will investigate the barriers of preparation and management and how technology can be harnessed as a solution.

    The learner will explain the differences between differentiated instruction, individualized learning, and personalized learning.

    The learner will transform a whole group lesson into a personalized learning lesson.

    Instructed By: Dr. Sandy Addis

    Est. Time: 03:00 hrs

    Introduction: Play Video



  • Professional Development

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    Adults who work with youth at risk of dropping out need to be provided ongoing professional learning opportunities, support, and feedback. At-risk youth whose teachers and mentors receive appropriate professional development and apply their learning to their work with youth are more likely to graduate on time.

    Adults who work with youth at risk of dropping out need to be provided ongoing professional learning opportunities, support, and feedback. At-risk youth whose teachers and mentors receive appropriate professional development and apply their learning to their work with youth are more likely to graduate on time.

    Learning Objectives

    Learner will identify at least five characteristics of effective professional development.

    Learner will explain why it is important that professional development align with school and district improvement plans, teacher performance standards, and evaluation tools.

    Learner will create a successful professional development plan that encompasses at least two different kinds of professional development.

    Learner will define professional development and explain how the strategy impacts dropout rates.

    Learner will provide a cost analysis for their professional development plan.


    Instructed By: Dr. Sandy Addis

    Est. Time: 03:40 hrs

    Introduction: Play Video



  • Safe Learning Environments

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    Everyone needs to be in a safe environment in order to thrive.

    Everyone needs to be in a safe environment in order to thrive.

    Learning Objectives

    The learner will explain what a safe learning environment is and how it contributes to increased graduation rates.

    The learner will design a model safe learning environment based on researched best practices.

    The learner will create a video example of relationships, language, and supports typically found in a safe learning environment.

    The learner will develop a plan for improving the safety of the learning environment of their students.

    The learner will cite the potential benefits and barriers to implementing and sustaining a safe learning environment.

    Instructed By: Dr. Sandy Addis

    Est. Time: 03:15 hrs

    Introduction: Play Video



  • School-Community Collaboration

    Contains 3 Product(s)

    This strategy focuses on the power of an engaged and responsive community where everyone in the community is accountable for the quality of education, resulting in a caring and collaborative environment where youth can thrive and achieve. Critical elements of this type of collaboration rely on effective, ongoing, multidimensional communication so that dropout prevention is a community-wide and ongoing effort.

    This strategy focuses on the power of an engaged and responsive community where everyone in the community is accountable for the quality of education, resulting in a caring and collaborative environment where youth can thrive and achieve. Critical elements of this type of collaboration rely on effective, ongoing, multidimensional communication so that dropout prevention is a community-wide and ongoing effort.

    Learning Objectives

    The learner will explain how school-community collaboration impacts graduation rates.

    The learner will create a series of steps involved in bringing schools and communities together.

    The learner will develop a plan for local school-community collaboration to promote high school graduation and preparation for college and career.

    The learner will design an invitation and an agenda for a collaborative meeting of community stakeholders.

    The learner will design a graduation motto that local community and school stakeholders would most-likely support.

    The learner will explore a model of successful school-community collaboration and retell their story of success in a short video.


    Est. Time: 02:45 hrs

    Introduction: Play Video



  • Section 3: Key Implementation Considerations- Early Literacy Development

    Contains 16 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Cite key implementation considerations about your center and how you plan to address them.

    Dr. Sandy Addis Director, National Dropout Prevention Center

    Cite key implementation considerations about your center and how you plan to address them.