Maine Dropout Prevention Summit Closing Slideshow

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Pictures taken during the two-day summit July27-28 at the University of Maine in Orono.

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Maine Dropout Prevention Summit Closing Slideshow

  1. 1. Maine’s Dropout Prevention Summit 2009 What we learned
  2. 2. The New 3 R's Promising Schools Where Everyone Matters
  3. 3. The Voice of Maine’s Youth Don’t call me a dropout
  4. 4. I am not… • A Deadbeat • A loser • Someone who doesn’t care about my future • Someone who is going no where I am a person
  5. 5. Am I still a deadbeat? • I want to make something of myself • I do have drive • I don’t want to be just a number • Now I know I am going to college • I have a picture with me in my cap and gown holding my son, in a few years we will take another picture- this time my son will be wearing the cap and gown
  6. 6. The next time you hear the word dropout • Think of the person • Think of the situation • Do what ever it takes
  7. 7. President Obama • “… It will be the goal of this administration to ensure that every child has access to complete and competitive education, from the day they are born to the day they begin a career. That is a promise we have to make to the children of America.”
  8. 8. Weaving the strands of the summit together • America’s Promise Alliance 5 Promises: 1. Caring Adults 2. Healthy Start 3. Safe Places in and after school 4. Opportunity to give back 5. Marketable Skills • Listen to our youth • Honor youth and families history • Avoid Labels • Connect the dots: Create a plan
  9. 9. Maine joined with 49 other states • To make school completion a priority. You are part of a national movement to give all students the opportunity to graduate from high school, ready for college and work • You made history!
  10. 10. Words from the Children’s Cabinet • Multiple Pathways • Drop the Jargon • Cross system data sharing • Focus on strengths and assets of our youth and their parents/caregivers • Identify barriers (policy and practices) getting in way of success • Keep pushing us—we will back you up when its possible
  11. 11. Summit Weaving • Exhibitors share supportive youth practices • Participants figure out what Maine has and what it needs • The Maine Dropout Prevention Plan is committed to paper.
  12. 12. Supportive youth practices in the exhibit area • Basic Core Strategies • School and Community • Early Interventions • Making the Most of Instruction
  13. 13. It even “snowed” in July Workgroups identified • Strengths • Needs • Opportunities • Worries • Top priorities for the state and communities to tackle
  14. 14. • Giving up on students is not a productive solution for anyone-Robert Balfanz • If we knew what to do to support our youth would we do it? The Outliers, Malcom Getwell Will we do it?
  15. 15. You answered the call Are you ready to do • Whatever it takes • To get to 90% Graduation rate
  16. 16. Next Steps • Go back to your community • Start conversations with youth, parents, teachers, agencies, businesses • Hold a summit to rally your community to support positive youth development • Use data to identify priorities • Develop an effective plan • Build strong partnerships to make lasting change happen
  17. 17. Thank You • For your passion • For your commitment • For having faith and patience when the evidence of success takes time to see
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