Why Dropout Prevention is Everyone’s Business
Meet Instructor Cynthia Strain

Why Dropout Prevention is Everyone’s Business

When Cynthia Strain went from teaching to counseling high school students, she wanted a greater understanding of dropout prevention.

An educator for nearly 30 years, Strain spent a decade as a counselor at Las Flores Independent Study School in the Elk Grove Unified School District. She earned the Dropout Prevention Specialist certificate at the College of Continuing Education in 2009 and was instrumental in clarifying strategies and revising policies to help her students feel connected to their education and improve their attendance. 

“Successfully completing high school requires students to experience rigorous and relevant curriculum, rewarding relationships with adults and resiliency.” – Cynthia Strain 

“Knowing what contributes to students dropping out and what strategies, programs and supports are necessary to ensure that students earn a diploma is the goal of dropout prevention.”

As an instructor in the program, she shares her insights as a counselor for at-risk students as well as preventative measures that extend beyond the classroom to the entire school staff, parents and community members.