Category: NLC Reengagement Network

March 25, 2016

Fifth Annual NLC Reengagement Plus! Convening, Dubuque, IA, March 16-18, 2016

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Last week, co-director Greg Emmel and I were in Dubuque, IA, for the fifth annual National League of Cities Reengagement Plus! Convening. This year’s host, Reengage Dubuque, is a partnership between the Dubuque Community School District, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), and Project HOPE (through the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque). We got to see these reengagement efforts in action through site visits (Dubuque Senior High School, Hempstead High School, Alternative Learning Center, and Reengage Dubuque at NICC), presentations, and discussions. Dubuque provides an excellent example of partnerships making a real impact. Best of all we got to hear from several students themselves about how Reengage Dubuque has helped them make positive changes in their lives.

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January 22, 2015

New Re-engagement Guide from U.S. Department of Education

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A new re-engagement guide (PDF), “Bringing Students Back to the Center: A Resource Guide for Implementing and Enhancing Re-Engagement Centers for Out-of-School Youth,” has been posted on the U.S. Department of Education website (PDF). The publication was funded by the U.S. Department of Education and was conducted by the Millennium Group, LLC and Johns Hopkins University Everyone Graduates Center. The D2 Center was one of ten sites included; sites “were selected based on the priorities of geographic diversity, length of established operation, demonstrated student and program success, and variation of organizational models.” Page 15 in the study is the profile of the D2 Center.

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December 15, 2014

Reengagement Network Meeting, Portland, OR, Dec. 10-11, 2014

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The 2014 Reengagement Plus Convening was held in Portland, Oregon on December 10 and 11. The gathering of 250 people from 38 communities in 22 states included site visits to Portland’s Reconnection Center as well as a variety of alternative schools in the Portland School District.  D2 Center Board President Jerry Bexten provided the welcome to the group at the opening session and Andrew Moore of the National League of Cities provided the keynote address. A variety of topics were discussed at the convening including best practices for reengagement centers, governance, funding, data, partnerships, and integration of employment and training, to name a few. The blurry photo shows Portland Mayor Charlie Hales addressing the group at City Hall as Andy Moore of the National League of Cities looks on.  Also attending from the D2 Center were Executive Director Greg Emmel and Intake Specialist and Youth Academic Navigator Netta Prince.

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January 16, 2014

Dropout Re-engagement Network Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 11-13, 2013

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In mid-December, D2 Center co-director Greg Emmel, YAN Alberto Gonzales, Jerry Bexten from The Sherwood Foundation and I attended the annual Dropout Re-engagement Network meeting, the “Re-engagement Plus Convening,” in Los Angeles. This is the third such conference Greg and I have attended, and the number of attendees has grown every year – this time there were about 150 attendees.

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