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December 1, 2015
GradNation Wilmington Regional Community Summit

Grad Nation On Dec. 1, the Watson College will host the GradNation Wilmington Regional Community Summit, convened by UNCW’s Watson College of Education Dropout Prevention Coalition.

The summit is one of 100 that are being held around the country through 2016. The summits are co-sponsored by America’s Promise Alliance as part of its GradNation campaign, a national movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to raise the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020 and increase postsecondary enrollment and completion. In 2013 AT&T pledged $5 million over four years to support all 100 of the GradNation Community Summits. Like previous UNCW Dropout Prevention Coalition (DPC) events, the focus of the summit is on promoting successful programs in the region that enhance student success and help to increase high school graduation rates.

The keynote speaker is Darrell Scott from Rachel’s Challenge, a program that has been adopted by schools around the world including over 100 schools in Southeastern North Carolina. A lunch panel and 18 breakout sessions will feature successful programs offered in the region by area schools, government agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Join Live Webcast of the Wilmington Summit

Attendance at the event is full, but interested individuals can register to watch a live webcast of events including the keynote speaker and panel discussions with local community leaders. Please register by 8 p.m. on Nov. 30. You will receive an email with directions on how to access the webcast, which is password protected.

To see it you must register by November 30, 8pm at:

Darrell ScottKeynote Speaker: Darrell Scott from Rachel’s Challenge!

Darrell is Rachel’s father and the founder of the Rachel’s Challenge program. He has spoken to over five million people in live settings around the world, not counting the millions he has spoken to through programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, CNN, and the Today Show. He has authored or co-authored five books, and meets with politicians and educators regularly concerning issues of school violence.

Rachel’s Challenge includes a series of student empowering, educator motivating programs and strategies called the Awaken the Learner Five-step School Improvement Process that equips students and adults to create and sustain safe, caring and supportive learning environments essential for academic achievement. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. Trillium Health Resources:  has sponsored over 120 schools in our region to include Rachel’s Challenge in their schools.

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