Dropout Prevention

Dropout Prevention: Strategies for improving high school graduation rates

June 19, 2008

The 2008 Family Impact Seminar focused on strategies for decreasing the number of school dropouts across the state and increasing the graduation rate.
National experts addressed:

  • The conditions that push students out of school.
  • How to improve low-performing high schools.
  • How to build system capacity to improve high school graduation rates.

The seminar drew 118 legislators, legislative staff, agency officials, school board chairs, district superintendents and other education stakeholders.

The 2008 North Carolina Family Impact Seminar was made possible, in part, by generous financial support from The Warner Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and The Prentice Foundation.


Irving Hamer, Jr., Ed.D.
Executive Vice President for Client Services and Strategic Development, The Millennium Group :: View Slides

James Kemple, Ed.D.
Director of K-12 Education Policy Area, MDRC :: View Slides

Russell W. Rumberger, Ph.D.
Professor of Education in the Gervitz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Director, University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute; Director, California Dropout Research Project :: View Slides