As we write this summit final report, on behalf of NH's youth, the Governor's Office, the NH Department of Education, and our co-sponsoring partners, the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (administered by Education Development Center in partnership with WestEd) and the New England Comprehensive Center, our sincerest thanks and appreciation to America's Promise for providing the initial funding for the Second NH Governor's Summit on High School Graduation. Approximately 300 key leaders from education, community and faith-based agencies, business, and students attended the summit sponsored by America's Promise on April 10, 2009 in Concord, NH.
Governor Lynch opened the session with his commitment to reducing the dropout numbers to zero by 2010. Commissioner Tracy underscored the Governor's goal with the need for all to consider the "whole child" when educating children. John Bridgeland, co-author of GradNation and The Silent Epidemic, provided the keynote address (Attachment A) for the summit. Paul Leather presented the Department of Educations plan (Attachment B) to reduce the dropout rate in New Hampshire through multiple pathways to graduation. The Vision for High School Redesign emphasizes the need for relevance, engagement, personalization, rigor and high standards, empowered educators and flexible learning time as necessary components for accommodating the needs of the at-risk student.
Morning breakout sessions provided opportunities for attendees to obtain information about topics such as Promising Practices in New Hampshire and Two High Schools' methods of tracking and supporting at-risk students. Presentations by the National High School Center on Early Warning Systems and the National Dropout Prevention Center on Dropout Prevention Practice Guide provided participants information on a national level. A sequential Webinair will occur on May 8.
Students, government, and business leaders presented a panel discussion on dropout prevention during lunch. Participants then broke off into one of the five regions of NH to brainstorm practices that are currently in place and to identify the gaps that still need to be addressed. The NH Department of Education will look closely at the information from these sessions to determine next steps.
Morning events including State Board of Education, Commissioner of Education and Governor's address were taped by the local television studio.
Keynote Speaker John Bridgeland's Materials
Senate Bill 18
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