Building Bridges: A Dropout Prevention, Intervention and Reengagement System
The 2007 Washington State Legislature created “Building Bridges” (HB 1573) to support partnerships of schools and community agencies to develop locally defined dropout prevention, intervention, and reengagement programs. The program received funding for the 2011-13 biennia via HB 1599 (Pay for Actual Student Success) as well as proviso budget language and funding.
The Building Bridges Program awards grants to partnerships of schools, families, and communities and community agencies to build a comprehensive dropout prevention, intervention and reengagement system. This system will identify students at risk of dropping out of school and provide timely inventions and supports. In addition, the programs must work to reengage students who have already dropped out.
Enter Grant Participants Worksite
Building Bridges is currently funding 3 models of grants.
Building Bridges grantees that have developed action plans and are continuing to implement and refine strategies defined in previous work.
DEWIS Planning and Implementation (DPI) Model
School Districts building systemic capacity at the district level to increase graduation rates for ALL students. This is accomplished through the use of evidence-based dropout prevention practices and the incorporation of strategies for the interpretation and effective use of collected data.
Design and deliver high quality enquiry templates, tools and protocols focused on the context of dropout early warning prevention and intervention. This will be accomplished through asynchronous online systems, teleconferencing, and in person institutes.
Current Grant Recipients
- Demonstration Grants
- ESD 113
- Granite Falls School District
- DPI Grants
- Evergreen SD - ESD 112
- Longview SD - ESD 112
- Sultan SD - ESD 189
- West Valley SD (Yakima) - ESD 105
- Federal Way SD - PSESD 121
- Kent SD - PSESD 121
- Renton SD - PSESD 121
- Tukwila SD - PSESD 121
- DEWIS.EDU Institute Grant
History of grants – relation to GATE
In 2007, the Washington State Legislature directed OSPI to create the Building Bridges state-level workgroup (HB 1573) to make recommendation on the development of a statewide comprehensive dropout prevention, intervention, and retrieval system. This workgroup has produced the following legislative reports:
In 2010, Superintendent Dorn put forward request legislation, based on the recommendations of the workgroup, resulting in the passage of ESSB 6403. This law requires OSPI, in collaboration with the Building Bridges workgroup, to develop and report recommendations to the Quality Education Council (QEC) and the Legislature for the development of a comprehensive K-12 dropout reduction initiative and the development of an infrastructure for coordinating services for vulnerable youth.