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REL West Event: When Dropout Return to School: How an EWS can Help Identify and Support Re-enrollees
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September 27, 2016

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST

Location: Webinar

Description: Dropouts who return to school, or re-enrollees, are a subgroup of students especially at risk for dropping out again. However, few schools, districts, or states identify or track the progress of re-enrollees as a subgroup in their early warning systems (EWS) or other data systems, even though these students may have been flagged in an EWS for attendance, course credit, or other problems prior to dropping out.

Knowing who these returning dropouts are, how many are in local schools, what specific supports they need and receive, and their academic progress upon re-enrolling is critical to dealing comprehensively with the dropout crisis. This webinar will make the case for identifying these students in a district EWS or other similar data system when they return as re-enrollees in order to provide the support they need to succeed.

As a result of their participations, attendees will:

  • Hear from a nationally known researcher about what is known about students who have dropped out of school and subsequently re-enrolled, including data on risk factors and outcomes;
  • Understand more about the experiences of students who drop out and re-enroll; and
  • Learn about promising practices for supporting these re-enrollees.

This webinar will feature an overview of quantitative and qualitative research pertaining to the re-enrollee experience, including student perspectives. Jennifer Harris of the Washoe County School District in Reno, NV will share about her district’s efforts to support re-enrollees through targeted interventions and tracking systems.

Research Alliance: N/A; Part of the IES learning series on Early Warning Systems

Audience: LEA Staff, Principals, and other school-level administrators


  • Vanessa Barrat, REL West at WestEd
  • Noelle Caskey, REL West at WestEd
  • Kenwyn Derby, REL West at WestEd
  • Jennifer Harris, Washoe County School District
Kenwyn Derby
(415) 615-3279
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