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Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Supporting Students to Success!
A Student Services Symposium

May 17, 2010
7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Hilton Harrisburg

The Student Services Symposium will be held on Monday, May 17, 2010 at the Hilton Harrisburg, One North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. The Symposium is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, in partnership with the Center for Schools and Communities. The focus will be on components integral to developing resilience to enable each student to grow into an inspired, productive, fulfilled life-long learner and to become a responsible citizen.

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Video and Audio Highlights from the 2009 Student Services Symposium: Supporting Students to Success!

On Tuesday, May 19, 2009, the Pennsylvania Department of Education sponsored a one-day symposium entitled, "Supporting Students to Success". This was the fourth annual event to support Pennsylvania’s schools in the development of effective strategies to help students reach their educational and career goals.

The 2009 symposium focused on components integral to a resiliency approach that enable each student to grow into an inspired, productive, fulfilled life-long learner.

The keynote speaker was Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., Executive Director and Professor, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education of the Steinhardt Schools of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University in New York, NY. Dr. Noguera, a prolific writer and champion for issues relating to closing the achievement gap and ensuring equity and excellence for all students, provided “New Directions for American Education” which highlighted new approaches to educating children and managing schools and districts to bring about the necessary educational outcomes that our nation so desperately needs.

Click here to view the highlights of this event.



Toolkit on Student Attendance and Truancy Reduction

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has released a new resource – the Pennsylvania Toolkit on Student Attendance and Truancy Reduction. This web-based resource can be found at The toolkit contains: a new Basic Education Circular (BEC) on the subject of truancy, best practices in truancy reduction, sample letters and brochures, job descriptions for truancy officers in school systems, examples of truancy reduction technology and student attendance systems, and quick reference materials that can be used by anyone interested in addressing truancy, including magisterial district judges, schools, community-based organizations, and parents. Specific guidelines are provided that focus attention on truancy reduction at the earliest level in an attempt to curb absenteeism from the start of every child’s education.


Pennsylvania presents dropout prevention strategies at the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky

On October 30, 2007, at the 2007 national dropout conference Guiding All Students to the Winner's Circle: Rigor, Relevance, Relationships in Louisville Kentucky, representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Center for Schools and Communities, and Successful Students' Partnership grantee representatives from Shenandoah Valley and William Penn School Districts shared information about effective dropout prevention strategies currently being implemented in Pennsylvania. General information was given regarding dropout and truancy prevention efforts within the Commonwealth; the two school districts' focused their presentation on academic enrichment strategies - including tutoring, credit retrieval, summer enrichment, service learning, and a comprehensive district-wide reform approach. For more information about the National Dropout Prevention Network and upcoming professional development events, go to


Center for Schools and Communities presents at National Dropout Prevention Network Conference

Center for Schools and Communities Education Mentoring/Dropout Prevention Coordinator Lynda Long along with Pennsylvania Department of Education Student Services Advisor Drew Schuckman presented a workshop at the 18th Annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference.  The workshop session highlighted effective dropout prevention strategies being implemented in Pennsylvania with particular focus on high school reform, truancy reduction and facilitating youth-school-parent-community connections. The conference was held in San Antonio, Texas October 21-25, 2006.

The following resources were referenced or used during the workshop:


New Resources

"Diplomas Count: Ready for What?  Preparing Students for College, Careers, and Life After High School," released June 12, 2007, states that "today's high school graduates are entering a world in which they'll need at least some college to gain access to decent-paying careers."  The report draws on two national databases to examine the distribution of jobs nationally and within each state, as well as the related education and pay levels.  For more information, go to:  

In conjunction with Communities in Schools, Inc., the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network published "Dropout Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs: A Technical Report" in May 2007.  This extensive report, which included a literature review of 44 different studies related to school dropout, examines the key risk factors for school dropout and also provides information from exemplary programs and best practices.  The report can be found at: