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Increasing Graduation Rates by Creating a System of Supports

Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest and its Dropout Prevention Research Alliance partnered with the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center, the Michigan Department of Education, and Voices for Michigan’s Children to host a one-day conference designed to increase the awareness of innovative, promising, and research-based dropout prevention interventions that school improvement facilitators and district specialists can implement in districts and schools.

This event featured a presentation by Ruth Curran Neild, Ph.D., Commissioner, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences (IES), who discussed her research on dropout prevention and the recommendations from the IES Practice Guide titled, Dropout Prevention: A Practice Guide, and how they apply to dropout initiatives in Michigan. Mindee O’Cummings, Ph.D., Principal Researcher, REL Midwest Dropout Prevention Research Alliance, American Institutes for Research, moderated a panel discussion among educators working on dropout initiatives. The panelists reacted to Dr. Curran Neild’s presentation and described the dropout prevention programs at their organizations, highlighting successes, challenges, and lessons learned from their own work.  The morning's keynote and panel discussions were followed by a series of breakout sessions. 

 

Presenters

 
Ruth Curran Neild, Ph.D.
Commissioner, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, IES
 
Mindee O’Cummings, Ph.D. 
Principal Researcher, REL Midwest Dropout Prevention Research Alliance, American Institutes for Research
 

Panelists

 
Neil Rochotte
Director of Student Services, Washington Local School District, Ohio
 
Melissa Ramirez
Assistant Principal, Central Middle School, Findlay City Schools, Ohio
 
Laurie Kruzynski
Data Coordinator, Scott High School, Toledo Public Schools, Ohio
 
Amy Szymanski
Technical Assistance Consultant, American Institutes for Research
 

Breakout Session Presenters

The following presentations are available upon request.  
 
Kathleen Miller
Executive Director of Instructional Services and Secondary Options, Shiawassee Regional Education Service District/Clinton County Regional Educational Service Agency
Presentation: Utilizing Data Systems to Identify of Students that Need Additional Support
 
Michele Corey
Interim President and CEO, Voices for Michigan’s Children
Presentation: Assign Adult Advocates to Students At Risk of Dropping Out
 
John Taylor
Michigan Department of Education, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Coordinator
Presentation: Provide Academic Support and Enrichment to Improve Academic Performance
 
Lauren Kazee
LMSW, Mental Health Consultant, Michigan Department of Education
Materials for Presentation: Implement Programs to Improve Students’ Classroom Behavior and Social Skills
 
Jill Griffin and Brandy Archer
Michigan Department of Education, Office of Education Improvement and Innovation
Materials for Presentation: Provide Rigorous and Relevant Instruction
 
Nancy Fahner
Executive Director, Michigan ASCD
Presentation: Personalize the Learning Environment and Instructional Process

 

Related Resources

Dynarski, M., Clarke, L., Cobb, B., Finn, J., Rumberger, R., & Smink, J. (2008). Dropout
prevention: A practice guide (NCEE 2008–4025). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. Retrieved from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practice_guides/dp_pg_090308.pdf
 
What Works Clearinghouse. (2008). Dropout prevention: What Works Clearinghouse topic
report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. Retrieved from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED502714.pdf