Susan Therriault Discusses Early Warning Systems to Identify Potential Student Dropouts During the Building a GradNation Summit

Washington, D.C.Susan Bowles Therriault, a principal researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and an expert on student dropout prevention, discussed early warning systems to help identify students who may leave school before they graduate during a panel discussion at the Building a GradNation Summit in Washington D.C.

Therriault joined the panelists in examining best practices, emerging solutions and the future of early warning indicator and intervention systems (EWS) increasingly being used in schools and districts by teachers, counselors, and school and district administrators.

The annual summit is part of GradNation, a campaign of the America’s Promise Alliance aimed at helping more of the nation’s youth graduate from high school on time and ready for college and careers.

Other panelists included: Kay Atchison Warfield, Education Administrator, Alabama State Department of Education; Linda Filley Bentler, Program Manager, Puget Sound Educational Service District in Renton, WA; Ayeola Fortune, Director, Education Team, United Way Worldwide; and Joanna Hornig Fox, Deputy Director, Everyone Graduates Center, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University.

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