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The Role of State Staff in Promoting
Student Persistence

Anaheim, California
May 4, 2005

(To view and print all of the training materials, click here)

 9:00 – 9:20 a.m.       Welcome and Introductions

                              Training Objectives -

                               View the PowerPoint
                               Activity Packet

 9:20 - 9:45  a.m.      So How Important is Student Persistence?

                               What Does the Research Tell Us?

  •   NCSALL’s Learner Persistence Study

  •   Activity 1:  Characteristics of Persistors

  •   B. Alan Quigley’s Three Barriers to Persistence

  •   Thomas Sticht’s Turbulence and Focus

  •    Research Implications

o       The three P’s

 9:45 – 10:30  a.m.   Examining the Practice

  • Introduction to Four Supports and Sample Strategies

  • Support 1:  Management of Positive and Negative Factors
                Handouts- Strategies

o       Student needs assessment

o       Sponsorships

o       Building a sense of community

o       Accessibility

  • Activity 2 Supporting the Management of Positive and Negative Forces

  • Support 2:  Building Self-Efficacy
                  * Handouts - Strategies

o       Student leadership

o       Assessment

o       Recognition and incentives

o       Learner-generated materials

  • Activity 3:  What is your state doing to build self-efficacy?

 10:45 – 11:35 a.m.

o       Intake process

o       Bridge to next steps

o       Goals in envelope

o       Assessment strategies

o       Conferencing

o       Dialogue journals

  • Activity 5:  Progress and the Three P’s

 11:35  a.m. – Noon Episodic Learning and Re-engagement

                                From Practice to Policy and Professional Development

 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.         It’s All About Program Improvement

o       Authority versus influence

  • Communication Channels

o       Program funding application

o       Integration into program improvement initiatives

o       Integration into professional development

  • Activity 6:  Creating the Expectation – What Are You Doing Now?

  2:30 – 3:30 a.m.     Building Resources to Support Adoption

  • Factors That Effect Adoption
    * STEPS

  • Changing Teacher Practice

  • Professional Development Options
    NCSALL's Study Circle

  • Piloting New Strategies

  • Activity 7: Integrating Research to Practice and Policy

 3:30 – 4:00 a.m.      Wrap Up

An Invitation to Participate


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