This Dropout Prevention Summit is part of American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, a public media initiative made possible by support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional resources contributed by the America's Promise Alliance and the Forum for Youth Investment's Ready by 21 south East Challenge enable United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and Jazz 91.9 WCLK, to host this event.
Georgia faces a growing high school dropout crisis that is part of a national problem. Dropout warning signals can occur as early as sixth grade. Across the nation, states and school districts are stepping outside of business as usual to create solutions that others can use! We know that programs and stakeholders can join together to maximize efforts in dropout prevention - if they all know what is being done, what works and what gaps exist. By attending this Summit, you can be a part of the solution in our community:
- Hear the latest statistics about the dropout crisis in Georgia and Atlanta
- Discuss statewide and local dropout prevention strategies and network with other organizations active in this effort
- Learn how effective models work in other states to help insure that young people are successful in school, work and life
Schedule of Events
Registration and Continental Breakfast, 8am - 8:25am
Plenary Session:Featuring Martha Reichrath, Deputy State Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, and Avis King, Superintendent of School Improvement, both of the Georgia Department of Education. Moderated by Maura Walz
Keynote Speaker:Joanna H. Fox, Deputy Director, Everyone Graduates Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University. Fox is co-author with Robert Balfanz of the Graduation Nation Guidebook and has more than 20 years of experience in leading school and community reform and improvement efforts. She will present research-based strategies with proven effectiveness in increasing high school graduation rates, spotlight examples of successful interventions, and discuss how a wide spectrum of engaged stakeholders can help interventions be successful.
Youth Panel:Moderated by Anderson Williams, Tennessee College Access and Success Network
Afternoon Breakout sessions - limited seating, please indicate your first and second choice when you RSVP
- Listening to the Voices of Tomorrow's Leaders, Today: strategies for effective youth engagement - Anderson Williams, Tennessee College Access and Success Network
- A Quiet Storm: Using the Gallup Student Poll as a Tool to Engage Community - Larry Pasti, Forum for Youth Investment
- Get Things Going: essentials for building developmental assets- Charmaine Godley, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta
- Quality Matters: A Look at Tools for Examining Out of School Time Program Quality (APAS/YPQA) - Staff, Forum for Youth Investment
Closing - Featuring a call to action that you DON'T WANT TO MISS!
RSVP by Thursday November 3, 2011 to:
Please indicate your first and second choices of breakout session in your RSVP; see above.
Questions? Call us at 404.614.1040