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2010 Dropout Prevention Institute Kicks off in Orono

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ORONO – Over 250 educators, school administrators, afterschool staff, and youth will come together at the University of Maine at Orono for the three-day 2010 Youth Development Institute formerly known as the Dropout Prevention Summit. Relationships, Relationships, Relationship (R3): The Key to Success in Schools and Communities will be held July 26, 27, 28, 2010 at the University of Maine.

Based on the 2009 Dropout Prevention Summit recommendations, the conference purpose is to enable adults who work with youth to expand their understanding of the methods, theory, and research that support effective student engagement and overall youth development as the most effective and sustainable way to reduce dropout rates.

In addition to two days of hands-on, interactive workshops that demonstrate best practices in effectively engaging students in learning and school-connectedness, five national experts in their fields of research, youth development and outcome-based youth policy development will provide plenary and keynote sessions.

The national presenters include:
Dr. Peter Benson, President and CEO of the Search Institute in Minnesota, Dr. Karen Pittman, Co-Founder, President, and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment in Washington, DC, Gil Noam, Harvard faculty and researcher in youth resiliency, Dr. Ross Greene, founder of the Collaborative Problem Solving Initiative, faculty of Harvard Medical School , Nate Eklund, Senior Consultant with the Search Institute will present with youth leaders, and Karen Williams, writer, speaker, and founding member of the Brain Trust Alliance will present a half-day training on adolescent brain development on the final day.

Over 30 workshops will be offered by youth, educators, school administrators, afterschool program providers, and community leaders with exemplary practices and strategies in engaging and educating Maine students, especially those with various challenges and barriers to school success.

The Youth Development Institute comes at the same time that the Maine Department of Education is completing its state application for over $5 million dollars to partner with Maine schools to increase graduation rates.

Monday’s morning Plenary from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. will be held at D.P Corbett Hall (Business Building) next to the Collins Center for the Arts and in the afternoon workshops will be at Wells Conference Center.

The Institute was co-sponsored by the Maine Governor’s Children’s Cabinet. The Maine Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Maine Afterschool Network, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Lauren Sterling or David Connerty-Marin

Telephone Number: (207)465-5228

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