Essential Safety Nets to Increase Graduation Rates

Essential Safety Nets to Increase Graduation Rates

This one-day NISL institute is intended for District level administrators; elementary, middle and high school principals and assistant principals; counselors/ dropout prevention coaches; and athletic directors.

The good news about Mississippi (as well as the USA) graduation rates is that the graduation rate is at the highest level since 1974; however, many students still are not completing high school.  In this NISL institute participants will strategically plan to increase the graduation rates in their district as well as each individual school.

Often schools within a district have their own Dropout Prevention Plan instead of one that unifies a school district and includes feeder middle and elementary schools.  The institute and follow-up will guide leaders to work together to gain a higher graduation rate (which leads to higher accountability rating) as a district, as well as in each school. The institute guides leaders through strategic collaboration focusing on improved graduation rates that builds unity.

Learning Objectives:  By the end of this training module, participants should be able to:

  • Assess their current data and key indicators to identify students most at-risk of dropping out or most in danger of failing to achieve acceptable levels of academic achievement (whether educationally and/or economically indicators)
  • Assess present plans and fidelity to those plans to increase the graduation rate including objectives, strategies, and activities
  • Examine process of identification of students at-risk of dropping out, opportunities for all students to be engaged in school at all grade levels, reduce risk factors associated with dropping out of school, strengthen the Home-School-Community Partnership
  • Enhance the present plan by including a comprehensive safety net program that outlines the opportunities of all school and community team members to support all students’ achievement.
  • Begin revision and development of a district strategic initiative to support on-time graduation beginning in the elementary school and continuing through middle and high school.


Back in the participants’ schools, we would like to see:

  • Principal leadership guiding stakeholders to insure policies and programs set forth in the Dropout Plan are followed
  • Leadership prioritizing needs to address dilemmas and collaboration to meet short-term goals (i.e. increasing academic performance, improving attendance, reduction of discipline referrals, increase passage rate on 3rd grade reading summative assessment, etc.)
  • A comprehensive program, which leadership collaborates with elementary, middle and senior high school for the district to improve graduation rates.
  • Partnerships with families, community, and school committed to graduation of all students
  • Increased existing district graduation rate and individual high school graduation rates


This session is reserved for only teachers and administrations from:

  • (Hinds County) Carver Middle School

  • (Hinds County) Utica Middle School

  • (Jackson Public) Lanier High School

  • (Jackson Public) Wingfield High School

  • Hinds Community College

If you are not in one of those five institutes, you are not permitted to attend.

Date Time Session Instructor Faciliator Venue
Tue, Oct 23, 2018 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM All Day Julia Cole Susan Scott Clyde Muse Center, Hinds Community College-Rankin Campus
Special Accomodations
Disabilities If you have a disability that would need an accommodation (wheelchair, visual impairment, etc.), please contact us so that we can best accommodate you.
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