Christopher Hottel, Superintendent    Michelle L. Papanicolau, Director of Adult EducationMay 13, 2009                    ...
Dropout Intervention Overview   I. Introduction: Dropout Data and Nashua’s           Success   II.     Context: What is th...
Dropout Data and Nashua’s SuccessMay 13, 2009                    3
May 13, 2009   4
Context: What are the Challenges?  Identifying priorities for District       Support through District policies and proce...
Special Education and Student Services           Budget Allocation                                                        ...
Free and Reduced School Lunch ParticipationMay 13, 2009                              7
Number of ELL Students Serviced                    Over 5-Year PeriodMay 13, 2009                                     8
Reasons for Success            Reorganization            Follow the Child            Curriculum alignment            D...
Reorganization    District Office       Curriculum Director       Accountability Director       Student Services Direc...
Reorganization                High Schools                   Principal leadership                   Guidance Directors ...
Initiatives and Specific Programs                21 Century Programs                5th Block                Nashua Com...
Advanced PlacementMay 13, 2009                        13
Coordination with City Agencies        Nashua Adult Learning Center           Clearway High School           GED Progra...
21 Century Programs                 st                            •   District operating budget                           ...
Fifth Block Classes                            •   5th Block is funded by the                                Dropout Preve...
• Organizational focus on                 leadership in adult and                 community education                 begi...
Adult Education Student Age Breakdown                               •   Of the 250 students                               ...
Secondary Summer School                               •   Middle school students                                   taking ...
The Road Ahead: The Challenges We Face     Persistent Problem: Currently facing 114 dropouts; 26        of whom will not ...
Four Cornerstonesfor Educational Improvement          1. Building Leadership          2. Shaping Belief          3. Creati...
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Dropout Prevention Presentation to NH State School Board

  1. 1. Christopher Hottel, Superintendent Michelle L. Papanicolau, Director of Adult EducationMay 13, 2009 1
  2. 2. Dropout Intervention Overview I. Introduction: Dropout Data and Nashua’s Success II. Context: What is the Challenge? III. Reasons for Success IV. Initiatives V. The Road AheadMay 13, 2009 2
  3. 3. Dropout Data and Nashua’s SuccessMay 13, 2009 3
  4. 4. May 13, 2009 4
  5. 5. Context: What are the Challenges?  Identifying priorities for District  Support through District policies and procedures  Ensure flexibility  Coordinating in-district programs and services with out-of- district programs, services, and agencies  Fiscal challenges/unfunded mandates  Identifying at-risk factors:  Poor literacy skills  Poor academic performance  Lack of parent involvement  Alcohol/drug abuse; mental health issues; teen pregnancy  Gang violence  PovertyMay 13, 2009 5
  6. 6. Special Education and Student Services Budget Allocation Special Services $18,373,863 Student Services Others $65,270,927 $4,827,473 Special Services $18,373,863 20.8% Student Services $4,827,473 5.5% Others $65,270,927 73.8% Total: $88,472,263 100.0%May 13, 2009 6
  7. 7. Free and Reduced School Lunch ParticipationMay 13, 2009 7
  8. 8. Number of ELL Students Serviced Over 5-Year PeriodMay 13, 2009 8
  9. 9. Reasons for Success  Reorganization  Follow the Child  Curriculum alignment  Dedicated funds  Training and leadership  Data management and integration of systemsMay 13, 2009 9
  10. 10. Reorganization  District Office  Curriculum Director  Accountability Director  Student Services Director  Grants and Community Development  Systems Data Analyst  Adult and Community Education Director  Adult Education High School Diploma Program  Summer School (Elementary and Secondary)  Transitional Coordinator for Alternative Placement  Curriculum and Professional Development CouncilMay 13, 2009 10
  11. 11. Reorganization  High Schools  Principal leadership  Guidance Directors  Assistant Principals – Year-round leadership  Coordinated services between schools  Student Information Coordinator  ELL Outreach Coordinator  Phoenix ProgramMay 13, 2009 11
  12. 12. Initiatives and Specific Programs  21 Century Programs  5th Block  Nashua Community Adult School  Secondary Summer School  Coordination with City Agencies  My Turn  GED  NH Scholars  Dual Credit Opportunities  Project Running Start  Project Lead the Way  Advanced PlacementMay 13, 2009 12
  13. 13. Advanced PlacementMay 13, 2009 13
  14. 14. Coordination with City Agencies  Nashua Adult Learning Center  Clearway High School  GED Program  Get Ready for College Program  Nashua Youth Council  Student Assistance Program (SAP) Counselors  Intervention programs for middle schools  Mental health services  Teen pregnancy services  Bridges (domestic violence intervention)  District CourtMay 13, 2009 14
  15. 15. 21 Century Programs st • District operating budget contributes $125,000 • Curriculum aligned with State standards • All teachers are highly qualified • Population served includes the Title I eligible schoolsMay 13, 2009 15
  16. 16. Fifth Block Classes • 5th Block is funded by the Dropout Prevention Grant • Student include those who have failed courses during the traditional school day • All teachers are highly qualified • Courses include core classes, CTE courses, and extended learning opportunitiesMay 13, 2009 16
  17. 17. • Organizational focus on leadership in adult and community education beginning in 2007 • Adult and community education program coordinates alternative educational opportunities • Strategic communication with potential dropouts in and out of school • Coordination with high schools, guidance administration and counseling servicesMay 13, 2009 17
  18. 18. Adult Education Student Age Breakdown • Of the 250 students enrolled in courses, 57% are taking academic classes for high school credit including, but not limited to, Nashua High School students • 18% are non-traditional learners needing more than 4 years to complete a traditional high school diploma • 25% are students needing pre-requisite classes for post secondary educationMay 13, 2009 18
  19. 19. Secondary Summer School • Middle school students taking courses in Literacy and Mathematics • High school students in credit recovery • Academic core classes and electives, including CTE (i.e., Marketing, Desktop Publishing)May 13, 2009 19
  20. 20. The Road Ahead: The Challenges We Face  Persistent Problem: Currently facing 114 dropouts; 26 of whom will not reach age 18 by September 1, 2009  Nashua’s Strategic Plan 2009-2014  Fiscal challenges: Continued need for funding resources  Demographic trends  Tough Choices or Tough TimesMay 13, 2009 20
  21. 21. Four Cornerstonesfor Educational Improvement 1. Building Leadership 2. Shaping Belief 3. Creating Achievement 4. Celebrating SuccessMay 13, 2009 21

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