Michigan State Dropout Prevention Summit:
“Moving Students Up Not Out”

August 11–12, 2010
DoubleTree Hotel Detroit/Dearborn
Detroit, Michigan

Overview and Registration

The Michigan Department of Education, in collaboration with Michigan’s Children; Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals; Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth; Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators; REL Midwest; Great Lakes East Comprehensive Center; and State Farm Insurance, is planning a two-day Dropout Prevention Summit to be held August 11–12, 2010.

Day 1

In the morning of Day 1, Nettie Legters, Ph.D., Academy of Educational Development, will review the research related to high school dropout rates, the importance of the transition from middle school to high school, and the development of a comprehensive system of interventions and supports designed to prevent high school dropout. Educators who are putting research into practice will participate in a panel discussion to describe their programs as well as highlight successes, challenges, and lessons learned. Participants will have the opportunity to work in smaller groups to consider ways that community partners and parents can work collaboratively with schools and districts to decrease the dropout rate.

In the afternoon, Martha Mac Iver, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, will present research about early warning systems and the Diplomas Now pilot in Philadelphia. Following her presentation, facilitators will guide small-group discussions of the research and resources that were presented to help the participants reflect on how to systematically apply the research in their school or district context. Portions of America’s Promise Grad Nation Toolkit will be used to explore solutions and tools that schools and communities can employ to engage and support young people through high school in order to prepare them for college and careers.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan will recognize schools and districts that have participated in the Dropout Challenge at a reception at the end of Day 1.

Day 2

Day 2 will focus on using evidence-based practices to improve student outcomes and help school and district teams link application of evidence-based practices to research as a means of developing or refining school improvement plans to increase student achievement. School, district, and community teams will have the opportunity to choose to attend a session on the following topic areas:

  • Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision-Making
    Beth Brophy, Calhoun Intermediate School District

  • Assisting Students Struggling With Mathematics: Response to Intervention (RTI) for Elementary and Middle Schools
    Wexford Missaukee Intermediate School District Teacher Consultants; Kristine Gullen, Ph.D., High School Consultant, Oakland Schools

  • Assisting Students Struggling With Reading: Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tier Intervention in the Primary Grades
    Sandra Riley, Michigan Center for Instructional Consultation Teams; Melissa Heller and Instructional Coaches, Kalkaska Public Schools

  • Dropout Prevention
    Breaking Ranks II with Coalition for Essential Schools; Michele Corey, Michigan’s Children

  • Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices
    Put Readers First 4-5-6 and Reading Apprenticeship

  • Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for English Learners in the Elementary Grades
    Culturally Proficient Practices with Michigan Staff Development Council

  • Helping Schools to Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do
    Brandy Johnson-Faith, Michigan College Access Network

In the afternoon, school teams will have time to dialogue with other practitioners and develop or refine school improvement plans to increase student achievement. Teams are encouraged to include community partners.

To register for this event, click on the Register button at the bottom of this page. Please complete and submit this online registration form no later than July 30, 2010.

Space is limited. There is no registration fee.

View the preliminary agenda.

Event and Hotel Information

Wednesday, August 11–Thursday, August 12, 2010

The conference will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel Detroit/Dearborn. The hotel address is 5801 Southfield Expressway, Detroit, MI, 48228.

Hotel Reservations
The conference has reserved blocks of rooms for Tuesday, August 10, and Wednesday, August 11, for $65 per night. Participants are responsible for securing their hotel reservations and, if necessary, canceling those reservations. You will be asked to reserve the room with your credit card.

Room Reservations by Telephone: Please contact the Reservations Department directly. Mention that you would like a room under the Michigan Dropout Prevention Summit block.

Doubletree Hotel Detroit/DearbornRate: $65
5801 Southfield Expressway, Detroit, MI, 48228
Phone: 313-336-3340

Online Reservations: Reservations can also be made online at http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/DTTDBDT-MAI-20100810/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG.

Hotel reservations must be booked by July 30, 2010.

Please make your plans as soon as possible. If your plans change, be sure to cancel your travel and hotel reservations.