Department announces upcoming Diploma Institute aimed at dropout prevention

The Maine DOE in collaboration with Clemson University’s National Dropout Prevention Network will hold a two-day Diploma Institute for selected schools. The event will be hosted by Wayfinder School in New Gloucester and will feature national experts in the area of dropout prevention who will provide training and technical assistance to assist in the development of comprehensive dropout prevention plans.

Since inception, the National Dropout Prevention Network has worked to improve opportunities for all young people to fully develop the academic, social, work, and healthy life skills needed to graduate from high school and lead productive lives. The work of the Network and its members has made an impact on education from the local to the national level by promoting awareness of successful programs and policies related to dropout prevention.

The National Dropout Prevention Network is the only entity that offers a strategic planning event geared specifically to graduation rate improvement for school teams and also the only national dropout prevention entity that provides a combination of research, strategies, and field technical assistance to SEAs and LEAs.

In 1986, the National Dropout Prevention Network began to serve as a clearinghouse on issues related to dropout prevention and to offer strategies designed to increase the graduation rate in America’s schools. Over the years, the National Dropout Prevention Network has become a well-established national resource for sharing solutions for student success. It does so through its clearinghouse function, active research and evaluation projects, publications, and through a variety of professional development activities. The National Dropout Prevention Network and their Diploma Planning Institutes are founded in their 15 Effective Dropout Prevention Strategies that are utilized to help schools improve graduation rates.

For more information about the Diploma Institute, please contact the Department’s Jacinda Goodwin at jacinda.goodwin@maine.gov or 624-6637.