The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network recently hosted a webcast that focused on how communities in rural America are in major transition as leaders confront the realities of significant social, cultural, and economic shifts.
Their August 11 episode, “Public Schools at the Crossroads: Addressing the Dropout Challenge in Rural America,” focused on how public schools today are at a crossroads as they try to offer a modern education in the face of dwindling resources, changing school populations, and increasing accountability demands. It highlighted these questions:
- Where is the rural dropout problem most prominent in the U.S., and why are there high concentrations of dropouts in certain rural areas;
- What risk factors fuel dropping out of school in rural areas; and
- How can partnerships help confront challenges for implementing promising dropout practices in rural areas.
Background materials and all the recorded webinars in the series Solutions to the Dropout Crisis can be found at the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network website.