The 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention Online Courses

  • Systemic Approach

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    An “all systems on board” approach provides alignment and change required for a school and community to work together in making sure all students graduate. A systemic approach is an ongoing process focused on continuous improvement across all grade levels and among all stakeholders through a shared and widely communicated vision and focus, tightly focused goals and objectives, targeted research-based strategies and intervention, ongoing monitoring and feedback, and data-based decision making. It also requires the alignment of school policies, procedures, practices, and organizational structures. Finally, continuous monitoring of a systemic approach’s effectiveness is essential to maintaining consistency and for building capacity through change over time.

  • Educational Technology

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    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.

  • Alternative Schooling

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    Alternative schooling does meet the variety of student and family needs and the social behaviors required for youth in today’s world. Alternative schooling also offers school and community leaders the opportunity to fulfill their legal responsibility to provide equal access to education for all students.

  • Career & Technical Education (CTE)

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    Quality CTE programs and related career pathways and guidance programs with P-20 orientation are essential for all students. Youth need workplace skills as well as awareness and focus to increase not only the likelihood that they will be prepared for their careers, but also that school will be relevant to what is next.

  • Early Childhood Education

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    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.

  • After-School/Out-of-School Opportunities

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    Many schools provide after-school, before-school, or summer options for academic, enhancement, and enrichment during which students benefit from tutoring, credit recovery, and support. These options are often high-interest options of learning and discovery for students and fill the “gap time” during which much learning can be lost. Such experiences are especially important for at-risk students because the time is filled with constructive and engaging activities and/or needed academic support.

  • Early Literacy Development

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    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.

  • Section 3: Key Implementation Considerations- Early Literacy Development

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

  • Active Learning

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    Active learning embraces teaching and learning strategies that engage and involve students in the learning process. Students find new and creative ways to solve problems, achieve success, and become lifelong learners when educators show them that there are different ways to learn.

  • Mentoring/Tutoring

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    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.

  • Professional Development

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    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.

  • Safe Learning Environments

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

  • Service-Learning

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    Service-learning connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning. This teaching/learning method promotes personal and social growth, career development, and civic responsibility and can be a powerful vehicle for effective school reform at all grade levels.

  • Family Engagement

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    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.

  • Personalized Learning

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    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.

  • School-Community Collaboration

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    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.

  • 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention Overview Course

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    National Dropout Prevention Center’s 15 Effective Strategies to increasing the graduation rate are based on the center’s 30 years of research. Recognized nationally and internationally, these strategies, when applied in a strategic manner, have increased graduation rates in districts around the country. This course provides an overview and introduction to those 15 strategies. Shorter courses providing a deeper dive into the key implementation considerations for each of the strategies is also available through NDPC’s website: