Strategies and Resources to Raise Graduation Rates and Prevent Dropout

Graduation for All! According to current estimates, more than a quarter of all students do not graduate from high school on time. Getting and keeping all students engaged in learning and on track to graduate from high school and ready for post- secondary education and the 21st century work place is going to require wider, deeper and more systemic change. This two-day symposium with Chris Holmes (July 8) and Sandra Covington Smith (July 9) will provide strategies and resources to assist schools and communities with identifying students at risk of dropping out and provide the supports necessary to keep them on track to graduation.

About the keynotes: 
Chris Holmes has been the journalism teacher at Hazelwood West High School in suburban St. Louis County for nine years. During his tenure, he helped create West Writers Week, an annual five-day celebration of writing during which professional authors, journalists, poets and song writers share their experience; he led a group of student journalists to the U.S.-Mexico border to study immigration reform; he helped develop Project WALK, a nationally recognized dropout prevention program and in 2015, he was named Missouri State Teacher of the Year. But nothing has impacted him more – as a teacher, a father and a person – than his kids in the dropout prevention program.

Dr. Sandra Covington Smith holds a Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in behavior disorders from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Smith develops curriculum to be used by state education agencies, policymakers, local education agencies and parents. She coordinates and provides training and technical assistance to state education agencies to grad 4 alldevelop effective dropout prevention programs and interventions based on assessment of recipient needs.

For more information, including registration, click here.

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