The Washington School Counselor Association hosted a Dropout Prevention Summit on February 25, 2010 bringing together key K-12 stakeholders in dropout prevention, intervention, and retrieval including: Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington Guidance and Counseling Framework, Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board, Department of Health and Social Services, and other key stakeholders.
Provide key Washington State K-12 stakeholders the opportunity to meet to inform, discuss, and begin the process of building partnerships and coalitions within an overall state dropout prevention, intervention, and retrieval strategy;
a. Establish a common vision and identify clear goals to ensure that shared dropout prevention strategies have high sustainability in the K-12 system into the near future.
b. Align current stakeholder efforts to help all students within dropout prevention, intervention, and retrieval strategies as well as a comprehensive guidance and counseling program framework.
c. Begin the strategic planning that combines stakeholder perspectives, knowledge, and guidance toward development of a unified model for the State of Washington.
The Dropout Reduction Summit brought together 250 members of the state legislature, statewide experts, state agency representatives, researchers, policy makers, students and other stakeholders to generate solutions to curb our dropout crisis.
The goal of the summit is to mobilize stakeholders from across the state to build:
a. An awareness of the scope and impact of the dropout crisis on both individuals and society;
b. A shared vision across multiple sectors, including education, social and health services, community-based organizations, nonprofits, and businesses that are committed to the idea that all Washington youth can graduate from high school ready for college, work, and life;
c. A common understanding of systems policy recommendations and how they relate to the development of a coordinated dropout reduction framework;
d. A commitment to a long term strategy that is embedded in and coordinates the work of multiple systems that serve vulnerable youth; and e. Multi-system, regional action teams.