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The Early Warning System Programming Guide offers a structured process to identify, track and support students who are at risk of dropping out. Using proven “A, B, C” predictors of dropout – attendance, behavior and coursework – school personnel can monitor students and work with parents and communities on “first response” strategies to support at-risk students and address problems that can lead to dropout. The Guide begins with key discussion points about school dropout, defining what an EWS is and its importance, how to select and build an EWS based on country specific predictors of dropout, and how to select, train and monitor school and community EWS teams. The planning and design tools and illustrative examples from the four SDPP pilot countries are included with suggested design and training activities, based on best practices and lessons learned from the SDPP pilots.