U.S. Department of Education and Jobs for the Future Sponsor Webinar on Supporting Dropout Prevention in Rural Areas

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The U.S. Department of Education and Jobs for the Future (JFF) will conduct a webinar on dropout prevention in rural areas on Thursday, May 3 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. “Utilizing the Village: Building Community Support for Dropout Prevention and Recovery Work in Rural Communities” will present the scope of the dropout problem in rural localities and features two community mobilization strategies that have been effective in building support for addressing the issue. The webinar will provide participants with new ideas for launching or strengthening local reengagement efforts; practical resources to plan community conversations to build a shared focus on dropout prevention; and examples of model practices and considerations for working with rural communities to share with colleagues.

This webinar will be the first of three in a Rural Webinar Series sponsored by the Department and JFF. The other two webinars are tentatively scheduled for early October 2012 and early 2013. JFF identifies, develops, and promotes education and workforce strategies that expand opportunity for youth and adults who are struggling to advance in America today. In more than 200 communities across 43 states, JFF improves the pathways leading from high school to college to family-sustaining careers.

The presenters of the webinar will be Doris Terry Williams, executive director, Rural School and Community Trust, and Linda Carrillo, principal, College, Career, and Technology Academy, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo School District in Pharr, Texas.

*** The webinar is currently full and has a waiting list. To be added to the waiting list, please register at http://ruraldropoutprevention.weebly.com. Anyone who is registered but unable to join, please contact Monica Melville, [email protected]. Those on the waiting list will receive an email notifying them when the recording of the webinar is posted on the Web, where they will also be able to download resources mentioned in the webinar.