Learning to Use Early Warning System Tools


  • October 29, 2012
  • Utah Personnel Development Center
    230 W. 200 S., STE 1000
    Salt Lake City, UT 84101


This two-part workshop, part of REL West's technical assistance to member schools in the Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities, focuses on the use of early warning indicators and data systems. Alliance members will receive technical training to adopt, adapt, and implement the early warning system tools for middle and high school developed by the National High School Center at AIR. The tools are designed to identify all students at risk of dropout and dropouts returning to school, monitor progress of schoolwide and targeted dropout interventions, and provide additional dropout-related information to the IEP process for students with disabilities.

On October 3, 2012, select staff at alliance schools participated in a webinar that provided an overview of the research on early warning system indicators and introductory training on how to upload school-specific data in the National High School Center's Early Warning System (EWS) Tools that will be used by alliance schools as part of their dropout prevention efforts.

On October 29, alliance school teams are invited to attend a full-day workshop at which attendees will learn more about the research behind early warning systems, receive in-depth training on how to implement an early warning system at their school sites, and have an opportunity to practice using the middle and high school EWS tools, which have been customized for the Utah context, using both example data and data from their own schools. This workshop and follow-up technical assistance will support alliance schools in their use of an early warning system to identify at-risk students, select and provide interventions, monitor progress, and make adjustments throughout the school year based on data.

Presentations and hands-on support will be provided by staff from REL West at WestEd, AIR, and the Utah State Office of Education.

For information on the National High School Center's Early Warning System implementation process, tools, and underlying research, see their website at http://www.betterhighschools.org/ews.asp

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