ORONO — More than 200 professionals who work with young people will gather at the University of Maine next week for a three-day conference geared toward keeping kids from dropping out of school.

The Maine Positive Youth Development Institute will be held Monday through Wednesday and will feature more than 30 interactive workshops offered by a range of presenters, including students.

The conference will highlight innovative research and practices to increase graduation rates, boost academic success and reduce dropout, expulsion and suspension rates.

“We want to give plenty of tools so people not only see the warning signs, but know right up front, what good engagement looks like,” said Shelley Reed, truancy and dropout prevention coordinator at the Maine Department of Education.

About 20 percent of Maine’s high school students don’t make it to graduation.

Among the speakers is Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow at Harvard University’s Technology & Entrepreneurship Center. He also will be a panelist in roundtable discussion focused on teacher preparation in higher education.