Webcast: Strategic Planning to Improve the Graduation Rate

Posted by on January 12, 2009

Mark your calendar for the next National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Radio Webcast on Solutions to the Dropout Crisis

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Strategic Planning to Improve the Graduation Rate

presented by

Ms. Deb Dillon

* Do you want to raise your school’s graduation rate but don’t know where to start?

* Systemic Renewal is one of the NDPC 15 Effective Strategies. Learn how one school system has used this process of planning and continuous review of results to help keep students in school.

The Fargo Public Schools, Fargo, ND, never suffered from the severely low graduation rates experienced in some areas of the country. However, in the upper Midwest, with an exceptional work ethic and high value placed on education, an 83%graduation rate was considered unacceptable. In 2003, the Fargo Schools contracted with the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University to conduct a Program Assessment and Review (PAR). PAR is a systemic assessment and planning process to assist schools and school districts to plan solutions for keeping students in school and improving graduation rates. The PAR provided the school district with ten recommendations, and the district has been building on those suggestions, bringing the graduation rate up to 90%. Deb Dillon, Fargo Public Schools Director of Alternative Programs, has been coordinating these efforts, and she will share the process the district has used.

Supplementary materials are now available online at http://www.dropoutprevention.org/webcast for this radio webcast. All necessary information about participating fully in this professional development opportunity is found on the Web site at http://www.dropoutprevention.org/webcast. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact the National Dropout Prevention Center at ndpc@clemson.edu or 864-656-2580.

Participation in this call-in radio webcast is free and no registration is required. The program will be archived in its entirety on the Web site. On the day of the webcast, link to the broadcast at http://www.dropoutprevention.org/webcast.

This webcast is produced with support from Penn Foster.

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