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Back on Track: Journeys to a High School Degree

Tuesday, September 27, 2016                   Participant Agenda

6:00–8:00 p.m. CT                                        

172 4th Street E,

St. Paul, Minnesota, 55101


REL Midwest and its Dropout Prevention Research Alliance, along with Twin Cities Public Television, will host a screening of Back on Track: Journeys to a High School Degree. This public television program is designed to raise awareness of opportunities to reengage high school dropouts and at-risk students, with a focus on the research evidence and a program in Minnesota.


The public television program will share the stories of three students who dropped out or nearly dropped out of high school but reengaged through Minnesota's Early Middle College Program. The Early Middle College Program lets high school students at alternative learning centers earn their high school diplomas while also earning postsecondary credits. Experts from research and practice will connect these students’ experiences to the growing body of knowledge about strategies to reengage high school dropouts and at-risk students.


Screening attendees will have the opportunity to do the following:

  • Discuss ideas raised by the students and experts with individuals featured in the program in attendance at the screening.
  • Learn about research into dropout prevention and reengagement strategies and about policies and practices that show signs of success.
  • Meet other stakeholders in Minnesota working to improve outcomes for students who dropped out or nearly dropped out of high school.

This event is designed to address the U.S. Department of Education’s priority area of college readiness, access, and completion. 


Who Should Attend?


District and school administrators, school counselors, representatives from institutions of higher education, researchers, policymakers, and others interested in dropout prevention and reengagement.  


Related Resources


Hynes, M. (2014). Don't Call Them Dropouts: Understanding the Experiences of Young People Who Leave High School Before Graduation. Washington, DC: America’s Promise Alliance, Center for Promise. Retrieved from