Past Events & Presentations

2016 At-Risk Youth National Forum

The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network has a wonderful annual At-Risk Youth National Forum every February in Myrtle Beach and the Watson College of Education, Dropout Prevention Coalition is a co-sponsor. For more presentations, visit their website >


GradNation Wilmington Regional Community Summit

More than 250 educators, community leaders, parents and students attended the GradNation Wilmington Regional Summit held at the Watson College on Dec. 1. The event was convened by UNCW's Watson College of Education Dropout Prevention Coalition to showcase programs in the region that are helping to enhance student success and raise graduation rates. Read more about the event >

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Media Coverage of the Summit

'Stopping the School to Prison Pipeline' Event Draws Standing-Room-Only Crowd at UNCW

More than 150 school leaders, law enforcement officials and representatives of government and community agencies gathered at UNCW's Watson College of Education (WCE) on Thursday, December 11, to hear regional experts including Chief District Court Judge J.H. Corpening II and District Attorney Ben David discuss programs underway to stop the School to Prison Pipeline. Read more >

2014 National At-Risk Youth Forum Presentations

2013 National At-Risk Youth Forum Presentations

2012 Dropout Prevention Regional Symposium

The Watson College of Education at UNCW and the Dropout Prevention Coalition of Southeastern North Carolina held an Education Symposium on December 5th from 1 to 4:30 pm at the Watson College of Education in Wilmington, NC. The Symposium, entitled "Innovative Ways to Engage Students in Learning", was designed to promote best practices in education and showcase success stories from our region.

The Symposium began with a keynote address by former North Carolina Senator Howard N. Lee, founder of the Howard N. Lee Institute for Equity and Opportunity in Education. The event featured four roundtable discussions with panelists from 15 successful regional school programs and community agencies. The panelists shared effective strategies on a wide range of topics including career and technical education, student mentoring, fostering student engagement through innovative use of technology and participation in the arts.

Final Program >

2012 Presentations

2012 National Dropout Prevention Conference Materials

Students Graduate from the Youthbuild Program at UNCW

In collaboration with the Wilmington Housing Authority, UNCW, and the Dropout Prevention Coalition, more than 30 students graduated the Youthbuild program. more...