National Dropout Prevention Center/Network staff members and a delegation of South Korean education and government officials spend time together during the NDPC/N’s 26th National At-Risk Forum in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The delegation was there to learn about dropout prevention efforts that can be taken back to their home country.

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network staff members and a delegation of South Korean education and government officials spend time together during the NDPC/N’s 26th National At-Risk Forum in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The delegation was there to learn about dropout prevention efforts that can be taken back to their home country.
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MYRTLE BEACH — A delegation of South Korean education and government officials attended the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network’s 26th National At-Risk Forum in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to learn about dropout prevention efforts that can be taken back to their home country.

The 21 South Korean guests experienced a variety of learning experiences during the Feb. 16-17 event, including presentations on dropout prevention strategies, sessions about NDPC/N dropout prevention services, and a lunch meeting with some of the forum’s keynote speakers, including 2009 National Secondary Principal of the Year Mark Wilson.

NDPC/N staff members also arranged additional experiences for the South Korean delegation, including trips to the Georgia Department of Education in Atlanta and several model alternative programs and schools in the Atlanta area and northeast Georgia.

“The causes of dropouts, the understandings about dropouts, and the strategies for reducing dropouts are similar for all cultures and countries,” said NDPC/N Associate Director Sandy Addis, “We believe that the accumulated research, resources and publications of NDPC/N may be valuable to South Korean dropout prevention efforts, and we believe that the mission of NDPC/N and Clemson includes our helping at-risk youth graduates to be successful around the globe.”

Housed at Clemson’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education, the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network is a clearinghouse for dropout prevention research and a provider of dropout prevention services to schools, districts, and state and national bodies. Its mission is to increase high school graduation rates through research and evidence-based solutions, Addis said.

– Mary Pat Kiser ’14