AIR Expert to Discuss Early Warning Systems for Dropout Prevention at National Governors Association and National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Conferences

Washington, D.C. – Susan Bowles Therriault, a senior researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), will discuss her work with early warning systems (EWS) to identify students in danger of dropping out of school when she appears at conferences separately hosted by the National Governors Association and the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network in October.

Therriault, a researcher and technical assistance provider with over 15 years’ experience, is currently a technical assistance liaison for AIR’s National High School Center and has co-led that project’s development of a high school EWS tool and an upcoming middle grades early warning system tool and intervention monitoring system.

On October 3-4, 2011, Therriault will talk about lessons learned when developing and implementing an early warning system for dropouts when she appears at the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices policy forum at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. NGA’s “Policy Forum on Early Dropout Prevention” will focus on middle school dropout prevention research, practices, policies, and supports.

Therriault will also discuss her work at the 23rd Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference, "Systems Together Advancing Youth," October 9-12, 2011, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Chicago, IL. Her October 11 presentation, “Implementing an Early Warning System to Identify Students At Risk for Dropping Out of High School and Monitoring Their Response to Intervention,” will demonstrate the National High School Center’s seven step implementation process and EWS tool. When implemented by a state, district, or school, early warning systems, using a set of pre-defined indicators, help monitor whether or not a student is on track to graduate from middle or high school.

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