Effective Dropout Prevention Teams: Meetings and Action Plans


  • April 12, 2013
  • Utah Professional Development Center
    230 West 200 South #1000
    Salt Lake City, UT 84101


REL West is supporting schools in the Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Schools with Disabilities to use data to reduce dropout. The event had two parts, a lunchtime session for all alliance schools, and an afternoon session for the five Cohort 1 schools.

The lunchtime session focused on developing or revising membership in an effective dropout prevention team and ways to hold effective meetings to systematically analyze evidence to minimize student dropout, particularly students with disabilities. A presentation on the research on the composition, role, and purpose of a dropout prevention team was followed by sharing ideas for holding school-site meetings aligned with a cycle of inquiry that includes reviewing evidence to identify students, identifying causes where possible, and assigning interventions.

During the afternoon session, Cohort 1 alliance schools used a common protocol to share their efforts to date to identify and address the needs of students at risk of dropping out, as outlined in their action plans. The presentations included work done based on data from key indicators, including attendance, course completion, grades, and behavior. After the school presentations, school teams and alliance lead organizations staff discussed common needs and challenges, and the appropriate support to address these needs.

For more information, please contact BethAnn Berliner, bberlin@wested.org, 510-302-4209.