Franklin Schargel Headshot
Report a problem with this profile
[email protected]

Franklin Schargel    

Internationally Recognized Speaker on Education and Dropout Prevention

Franklin Schargel is an internationally recognized speaker and author. He has presented over 200 workshops to educational, community and business groups throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Latin America. His workshops are designed for all those interested in building globally competitive schools, raising graduation rates, preventing school violence, lowering dropout rates and narrowing the educational achievement gap.

Franklin Schargel has been nominated for the Brock International Prize in Education for “demonstrating clear evidence of success in dropout prevention and for retaining students in alternative education environments.“ He has been previously been awarded the Individual Crystal Star Award by the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) and the International Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention honored Mr. Schargel with its “Program of the Year Award.” Mr. Schargel’s career spans over 30 years of high school classroom teaching, school counseling and school supervision and administration. Franklin’s success in dramatically enhancing the learning process in his inner-city school, expanding parental engagement, increasing postsecondary school attendance and significantly lowering the students’ dropout rate has been well documented in 25 books, 55 newspaper and magazine articles and 5 internationally released videos (including a PBS special). The United States Department of Education, Fortune Magazine, Business Week, National Public Radio, Public Broadcasting System and the New York Times have recognized his work. The 15 Effective Strategies that Mr. Schargel helped develop in conjunction with the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University have been acknowledged by the National Education Goals Panel as “the most effective strategies to help solve our school dropout problem.”

The titles of his books include: "The Dropout Prevention Fieldbook, From At-Risk to Academic Excellence: What Successful Leaders Do"; "Creating School Cultures That Embrace Learning: What Successful Leaders Do"; "Strategies to Help Solve Our School Dropout Problem"; "Dropout Prevention Tools"; "Helping Students Graduate"; "Best Practices to Help At-Risk Learners"; "152 Ways to Keep Student in School: Effective, Easy-to Implement Tips for Teachers"; and "Transforming Education Through Total Quality Management: A Practitioner’s Guide."

His latest book, "Creating Safe Schools: A Guide For School Leaders, Teachers, Counselors and Parents" has been called, “A clear, concise, practical manual full of direction, research and recent resources to tackle safety issues and is a must read for individuals creating a proactive plan to support a safe and positive learning environment."

In addition, he has written more than 100 articles published in leading educational journals and business magazines.


Speech Topics

Violence Prevention Workshop

Students, parents and school staff want, need and deserve a safe learning environment and schools are supposed to be places where children are safe and secure. Yet recent headlines have shown the vulnerability of schools. Upwardly mobile parents had the incorrect belief that they were leaving school violence, drugs, and gangs and bullying behind. School violence had been happening in inner-city schools for a long time. Some people felt that since school crime and violence were confined to the inner cities and their ethnic populations, it was not their problem. Obviously, many were wrong. Imaginary boundary lines delineating the inner city, suburban or rural communities, whether school or societal, do not stop violence, gangs, guns and drugs. As incidents in Columbine, CO and West Paducah, KY indicate violence has occurred in rural as well as suburban communities. Who could have predicted a violent school incident on an Indian reservation (Red Lake High School in Red Lake Minnesota) or in an Amish community (West Nickel Mines School, a village in Bart Township of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania? It has taken place in colleges and universities (Virginia Tech, Oikos College, and the Texas Tower shooting). No community, large or small is immune. It is even taking place in foreign nations. School violence takes a variety of forms. This workshop will address school violence issues including bullying, suicide, gangs, and gun violence.

Leading School Cultures To Academic Excellence

If we wish to improve schools we need to improve school cultures so that they support student learning, students, parents and staff. What do successful leaders of high performing, high minority, highly successful schools (“90-90-90 schools”) do to create a positive learning environment so that all students can and will learn? We sent surveys to the leaders of high performing, high minority, highly successful schools and asked them to identify what the school culture was before they arrived, what the existing school culture is today and what they envision the school culture will be in three-five years.

This session is designed for all people desiring to improve their school culture including teachers, school support personnel, administrators, parents and community members.

Helping Students Graduate: Tools and Strategies to Prevent School Dropouts

Today, over one-third of our K-12 students never graduate increasing the likelihood of their imprisonment, single parenthood, poverty and the use of alcohol and drugs. Yet the demands of No Child Left Behind, will inevitably increase the likelihood of children leaving school prior to graduation.

Dropout Prevention is Everyone’s Responsibility.

Educators realize that dropping out is a process and not an event. Few dropouts sail through their school career without problems. Most became at-risk for dropping out of high school long before then – some as early as the third grade. This workshop identifies 15 dropout prevention strategies which the National Education Goals Panel says are “the most effective strategies to help solve our school dropout problem. The workshop will not only deal with “what to do” but “how to do it” as well.

Using the 15 effective strategies developed by the National Dropout Prevention Center and tools developed as best practices by some of America’s outstanding schools and programs, workshop participants will not only learn what to do but how to aid at-risk youth to graduate. The strategies have been recognized by the National Education Goals Panel and the United States Department of Education as “the most effective strategies to help solve our school dropout problem.” (NEGP Monthly, August 2001 and

Professional Development: Where The Rubber Hits The Road

We know that we are teaching a visual generation. Thanks to video games, television, movies and the Internet, more of our students and our faculty watch and interact with visual stimulation. This interactive workshop focuses on the utilization of visual media to improve classroom performance.

From At-Risk to Academic Excellence: What Successful Leaders Do

Educational Leadership: Strategies for the 21st Century

There is a major concern in the United States about the loss of 2.2 million teachers in the next ten years; the rate of retiring supervisors and administrators will be greater. This presentation will focus on identifying the qualities that our educational leaders will need in the 21st century and how their leadership will impact on teachers, students, and parents. We asked 200 school leaders of high minority, high poverty, high achieving schools why they have been successful when most schools dealing with this population are unsuccessful.


The Real Reasons Children Drop Out of School | Franklin Schargel

Franklin Schargel. Former Teacher, School Counselor and School Administrator. GET UPDATES FROM Franklin Schargel. Like. 9 ...

Bullying: What Schools, Parents and Students Can Do | Franklin ...

Franklin Schargel. Former Teacher, School Counselor and School Administrator. GET UPDATES FROM Franklin Schargel. Like. 9 ...

Revisiting Bullying and Cyber-Bullying

Despite tremendous national attention, statewide anti-bullying laws, and schools adopting anti-bullying programs, the problem of bullying and cyber-bullying remains a major issue for our schools...

Related Speakers View all

More like Franklin