On May 3, the U.S. Department of Education and Jobs for the Future will be hosting a webinar focused on dropout prevention and recovery in rural communities. Entitled "Utilizing the Village: Building Community Support for Dropout Prevention and Recovery Work in Rural Communities," this webinar will present information about the nature of the rural dropout problem as well as two strategies for building community support to address it. This is the first webinar in a three part series focused on solutions to problems facing rural communities.
Resident engagement is a key part of any effort to address a community problem. Talking to residents, including them at the decison-making table, and enlisting them to take action can help your community to better understand the extent and causes of the problem, craft effective solutions, and build the public support necessary to sustain your efforts.
Participants in this webinar will come away with resources for starting a dialogue around dropout prevention in their community as well as examples of successful practices used in rural areas. The event will feature two speakers: Doris Terry Williams, Executive Director of the Rural School and Community Trust, and Linda Carillo, Principal of the College, Career, and Technology Academy in the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo School District.
The webinar will be held on Thursday, May 3 from 1:30 to 3:00PM (EDT). If you are unable to attend the webinar, a recording will be available after the conclusion of the event. To register for the webinar or sign up to receive notification once the archived webinar is available, please go here.
If you would like more information on engaging residents and other aspects of community wide change efforts, check out “Making a Difference in Your Neighborhood: A Handbook for Using Community Decision-Making to Improve the Lives of Children, Youth and Families,” which was released by CSSP in the fall and featured on our blog here.