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Dropout Prevention Summit

April 20, 2009APA dropout prevention logo

Missouri Dropout Prevention Summit

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

22 regional sites statewide

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School District Information Areas to review:

  • Educational Performance Data,
  • Graduation Rates and Demographics,
  • Missouri KIDS COUNT

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The statewide broadcast portion of the Dropout Prevention Summit was recorded for future viewing.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will host a statewide Dropout Prevention Summit on Monday, April 20. The summit is designed to increase awareness, encourage collaboration and facilitate action in communities that want to improve their graduation rates.

Bob Wise photo


Gov. Bob Wise

Alliance for Excellent Education

Missouri’s summit has the following goals:

  1. to initiate local community or regional planning to reduce the dropout rate, and
  2. to identify and prioritize state strategies and activities that will assist the state in helping local communities address the dropout problem.

The summit will be held simultaneously in 22 locations across the state. The Department is inviting participation by districts with dropout rates in excess of four percent or with large numbers of dropouts. DESE is encouraging invited districts to bring teams from their community to participate. These teams will comprise of school officials, community organizations, businesses, political leaders and students. The number of participants will vary at each site based on site capacity. Overall, the summit may accommodate nearly 1,100 participants.

The regional locations will allow districts and community members to more easily attend and to work collaboratively. Each region will participate in a facilitated process with other districts and attendees to identify potential solutions to address the dropout problem.

The keynote speaker for the summit is Bob Wise, president, Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. Governor Wise is the author of the book, Raising the Grade: How High School Reform Can Save Our Youth and Our Nation. He is a sought-after speaker and advisor on education issues.

Additional summit presentations will focus on how communities can work together to address the dropout problem. In the afternoon, each site will hold a facilitated discussion to identify state and local issues, potential solutions and plans to address the dropout problem. 

Portions of the summit will be Web broadcast to 22 sites from the Missouri School Boards Association offices in Columbia, Mo.  The broadcast will feature the keynote speaker and state education and political leaders. Video conferencing technology will enable the sites to connect virtually.

Regional locations:

Arnold Joplin St. Louis - Parkway
Brookfield Kansas City Sedalia
Camdenton Moberly Springfield
Columbia Nevada Sullivan
Hannibal Portageville Waynesville
Independence St. Charles West Plains
Jackson St. Joseph  
Jefferson City St. Louis CSD  

The one-day summit is supported by the America’s Promise Alliance, founded by General Colin Powell. The Alliance is supported by a multitude of cross-sector partners including business, youth-serving organizations, elected officials, educators, funders and faith groups. Some of those organizations represented in Missouri include State Farm Insurance, Ford Motor Company, The Boeing Company, AT&T, United Way and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

For additional information about the summit please contact Erika Brandl, DESE community education supervisor, (573) 526-5395, or e-mail

Other America's Promise summits across the state: