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When Dropouts Return to School: How an Early Warning System Can Help Identify and Support Reenrollees

Recorded on September 27, 2016

Students who drop out and later return to school, or reenrollees, are a subgroup especially at risk for dropping out again. However, few schools, districts, or states identify or track the progress of reenrollees as a subgroup in their early warning systems (EWS) or other data systems, even though these students may have been flagged in an EWS for attendance, course credit, or other problems prior to dropping out.

In order to deal comprehensively with the dropout crisis, educators need to know who these returning students are, how many are in local schools, what specific supports they need and receive, and their academic progress upon reenrolling.

This webinar, presented by the Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) at WestEd, makes the case for identifying these students in a district EWS or other similar data system when they return as reenrollees in order to provide the support they need to succeed.

Who Will Benefit

  • School, district, and state-level staff as well as broader education, social service, and rehabilitation communities that support the goals of decreasing dropout rates and increasing graduation rates

What You Will Learn

  • What is known about students who have dropped out of school and subsequently reenrolled, including data on risk factors and outcomes
  • Experiences and perspectives of students who drop out and reenroll
  • Promising practices for supporting reenrollees, including information about Washoe County School District’s (NV) efforts

This webinar is part of the REL Learning Series on Early Warning Systems. Learn more about this national learning series by visiting the IES Early Warning Systems webpage.

Webinar Presenter(s):

Jennifer Harris Washoe County School District (Nevada)
Noelle Caskey

Materials from the Webinar