NDPC Fellows Program

In 2012, Dr. Sam Drew, Interim Executive Director of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) announced the inauguration of the NDPC/N Fellows Program. The goal of the NDPC/N Fellows is to contribute to the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University and the National Dropout Prevention Network in achieving their mission to increase the high school graduation rates through research and evidence-based solutions.

“These Fellows will broaden the impact of the Center/Network through efforts such as collaborative research projects, public speaking including keynotes and serving on panels, and the development of practical resources for the field,” stated Drew. “Indeed, their initial plans include providing a regular meta-analysis of the latest research on dropout risk factors and effective programs, building on the NDPC’s 2007 report, Dropout Risk Factors and Exemplary Programs, and an Annual Report that will highlight the latest in effective strategies.”

The Fellows program will expand to include a Practitioner Fellows program. Those individuals selected as Practitioner Fellows will provide practical outreach, based on the Fellow’s research findings and their own work in dropout prevention efforts.

Stuart Udell, CEO of Catapult Learning, Inc., and Chairman of the NDPC/N Board, added this endorsement. “Speaking for the Network Board, we are enthusiastic about this new direction for both the Center and the Network. We believe that the strength of these concerted efforts in dropout prevention will provide greater use of the Center’s outstanding resources and a more widespread dissemination through this growing Network.”

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Current Fellows

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Shanan Chappell

Dr. Shanan Chappell

Research Assistant Professor, The Center for Educational Partnerships, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA
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Jennie Farmer

Dr. Jennie Farmer

Assistant Professor of Special Education
Clemson, SC
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Kathy Headley

Dr. Kathy Headley

Clemson, SC
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Health, Education and Human Development
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Eurmon Hervey

Dr. Eurmon Hervey

Catapult Learning
Jacksonville, FL
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Patrick O’Connor

Dr. Patrick O’Connor

Associate Professor in the College of Teaching Learning and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University
Kent, OH
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Terry Pickeral

Mr. Terry Pickeral

President of Cascade Educational Consultants
Bellingham, WA
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Robert Shumer

Dr. Robert Shumer

Research Associate University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
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Dolores Stegelin

Dr. Dolores Stegelin

Professor of Early Childhood Education
Clemson, SC
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