Woodrow Wilson High School Principal Deb Dillon has been selected to receive the 2011 Crystal Star Award of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention, and Prevention by the National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC).
Dillon, who has worked in the District since 2004, has been instrumental in developing an approach to reach difficult students through a pyramid of interventions that include everything from classroom strategies to complex and varied pull-out programs. It has resulted in creating stronger student-staff relationships at Woodrow, and has spread beyond WWHS doors to the rest of the District.
For at-risk students, Dillon has worked to develop and implement alternative learning environments for at-risk students, and promoted and implemented professional development programs for educators focused on issues related to teaching and working with them. Her efforts have led to increased student performance, monthly post-high school preparation activities for juniors and seniors, and fostering an environment with a high level of student buy-in, where they self-direct their individual academic goals and have a voice in building-level discussions.
In addition, Dillon has worked tirelessly with community agencies and organizations to further the overall effort of dropout prevention. She has chaired and served on committees and boards, task forces, and driven cooperative efforts for alternative programming with the West Fargo Public Schools.
Dillon will receive the award at the NDPCs annual conference in October in Schaumburg, Ill.
NDPC and its network, outreach programs of Clemson University, serve as a clearinghouse on issues related to dropout prevention, and offer strategies designed to increase the graduation rate in America’s schools.