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Edgenuity Offers Free National Dropout Prevention Network Memberships

Edgenuity has partnered with the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) in an effort to help increase graduation rates across the country.

As a result of the partnership, all Edgenuity customers are eligible for a free year-long membership with NDPN, the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network's (NDPC/N) outreach arm. "NDPN members receive access to NDPC/N's wide range of resources to assist educators and other practitioners concerned about at-risk youth," according to a news release. "Through the Network, they can build relationships with other educators and organizations joined in dropout prevention efforts."

Building on Edgenuity's efforts to help retain at-risk students through use of technology, the new partnership aims to "promote a dialogue about effective dropout prevention strategies and provide stakeholders with resources, research and best practices," according to information released by the organizations.

"Advances in education technology have created more options for a student to receive a quality education than ever before. However, nearly one in five students annually — over 700,000 children — are still leaving school without a diploma," said Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity and NDPN board member, in a prepared statement. "By sharing best practices and research-based solutions, we can increase engagement and inspire students to stay in school. NDPC/N fosters collaboration among educators, and we are excited to offer our partner schools and districts the opportunity to join in that conversation."

At Henrico County Public Schools, students who are failing their first semester fo ninth grade are provided targeted online courses paired with in-person instruction in an effort to better support credit recovery.

"We want to do everything we can to help our students believe in themselves and to understand that they have an opportunity to earn their high school diploma," said Justine Jordan, extended learning specialist at HCPS, in a prepared statement. "Edgenuity has enabled many of our students to come back into the fold, realize their potential and take control of their future."

Edgenuity members can sign up for their free NDPN membership at edgenuity.com/ndpcn.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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