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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Invitation to Participate in Missouri Model Schools Dropout Prevention Project

Source: Barb Gilpin, Assistant Director, Effective Practices

Intended Audience: District and School Administrators, School Counselors, Special Education Directors, General and Special Education Teachers

Date: August 1, 2013

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is taking applications from high schools and feeder middle schools to participate in the Missouri Model Schools Dropout Prevention Project.  This initiative is designed to develop, increase, and transfer knowledge in the area of dropout prevention.  The Missouri Model Schools Dropout Prevention Project is focused on increasing graduation rates for ALL students through the use of evidence-based practices.  Furthermore, the implementation of evidence-based strategies will increase positive in-school experiences and positive post-school outcomes for all students.

A Three Tier Model will be implemented to assist districts in improving dropout rates.

Tier 1 ? Primary

(Note: All districts are welcome to apply.) Districts will receive a membership in a dropout reduction webinar series, e-newsletters, listserves, and access to a Community of Practice, print resources, and other materials.

Tier 2 ? Targeted

(Note: Available to receive technical assistance from within Tiers 1 and 2.) For districts and/or schools which generally exhibit a dropout rate of 3.3% to 3.9% for general education and/or students with disabilities.  Schools which do not meet this % criterion may still request targeted assistance.  Tier 2 districts may receive individual consultations, a review of programs, capacity building forums and trainings, and the opportunity to participate/present at relevant state and national conferences.

Tier 3 ? Intensive

(Note: Available to receive technical assistance from within Tiers 1, 2, and 3.) At Tier 3, school teams have been identified as having a dropout of 4% or above for general and/or students with disabilities.  Schools which do not meet this % criterion may still request targeted assistance.  These schools will receive ongoing technical assistance to include, but not limited to, a membership in a dropout reduction webinar series, e‐newsletters, listserves, Community of Practice, and access to print resources and materials.  In addition, Tier 3 schools will receive assistance with the development of individualized dropout prevention initiatives, assistance with reviewing and analyzing data relevant to school retention, intensive training, and the option of becoming a Model Dropout School site.

If your district/school is interested in participating, please complete and return the “2013-2014 Participation of Request” form to Dana Desmond at dana.desmond@dese.mo.gov or fax: 573-526-5946, no later than September 15, 2013.

The application and more information can be found at http://dese.mo.gov/se/ep/dropout.htm.   You will be notified of your status and the next steps of the process by September 20, 2013.  A statewide kickoff meeting will be held October 7, 2013.  More information about the kick-off meeting will be provided at a later date.

If you have further questions, please contact Barb Gilpin at 573-751-7661 or John Stains at 573-751-0225.