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MSG wins award to provide Dropout Prevention Technical Assistance for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education has awarded a two-year contract to Manhattan Strategy Group (MSG) for Rural Technical Assistance support with a focus on Dropout prevention. The purpose of this contract is to provide technical assistance to SEAs, LEAs, and middle and high schools, especially those implementing HSGI grants, in designing and implementing programs and securing resources to implement effective school dropout prevention and reentry programs in rural communities.

“MSG has a history of successful partnerships to deliver best-in-class solutions to the U.S. Department of Education. Our team brings unique and proven capabilities that further our mutual goals in dropout prevention”, Shezad Habib, Managing Partner of MSG.

While many communities might benefit from Federal technical assistance in improving the graduation rate in this new era of more demanding college- and career-ready standards, the need is particularly acute among rural communities. Because of their remote locations and more limited resources, schools in rural communities often have less access to high-quality technical assistance than schools in other communities. For this reason, the Department is investing a significant share of the national activity resources available under the High School Graduation Initiative (HSGI) program in a new technical assistance initiative that is designed to help fill this technical assistance gap

Through this initiative, Manhattan Strategy will collaborate with and support the State educational agencies (SEAs) and current and prospective HSGI grantees in the 15 States in which a majority of schools are located in rural communities. This technical assistance could include, for example, working with an SEA to provide web-based professional development to principals of rural middle and high schools on the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports or assisting an SEA, district, or school in researching issues related to the development of an early warning system.

""MSG has designed a unique and innovative solution for the U.S. Department of Education, combining on-site and remote assistance that is completely driven by and tailored to the needs of the states. The firm has built a strong reputation in serving the needs of at-risk populations and we are excited to support this important initiative over the next two years"", stated Mike Arnold, Project Director, MSG. Other project partners include the Clemson University’s National Dropout Prevention Network, American Institute for Research and the National Rural Education Association.

For further information contact, Mike Arnold at