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In all the talk about the importance of reducing suspensions and other exclusionary discipline practices in schools, one question looms large for most educators and administrators: What do we do instead? For many people, part of the answer lies in restorative practices.
Funding Opportunities
The following grants and funding opportunities are currently accepting applicants. These grants are not offered through America's Promise Alliance, but they each relate to our Five Promises. If you have questions about these opportunities, please follow the links provided in each item.
College kids
If you could go back in time and give just one piece of advice to yourself as a college freshman, what would it be? That’s the question the staff here at America’s Promise answered.
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At a recent Town Hall event, leaders of the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative shared three key principles for closing the persistent opportunity gaps for boys and young men of color.
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On July 12th, students and communities across the country celebrated National Summer Learning Day, meant to prevent “summer slide” by promoting learning opportunities and health for young people while they aren’t in school.
2018 Grads of IVHS
Gene Merrill was born and raised in the rural Southern Oregon community of Cave Junction.
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National partners share the belief that youth and children are our nation’s top priority. Organizations that join the Alliance come from many fields and sectors, such as nonprofits, foundations, institutions, corporations, associations, faith-based groups, and more. They are committed to working collaboratively to ensure all children have all Five Promises.
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“All you got to do is to get suspended one time and you’re labeled. I see it, like they follow the same kids around, like everybody knows, ‘Hey, those are the bad kid.’”
Woman holding up sign for support of Title IX
Although sexual misconduct remains alarmingly pervasive in K-12 education, many schools, students, parents, and organizations aren’t aware of their responsibilities and individuals’ rights under Title IX. Here’s an overview on how Title IX applies to K-12 programs.
Malcolm Davis, outgoing youth leader speaking at 2018 leadership convening
Outgoing board member Malcolm Davis recently made an important point about youth leadership: “My voice is not only valid when I sing the praises of the board. It’s valid when I speak against it and disagree with something.” We couldn’t agree more.
Youth discussing
What should teachers do if they suspect a student might be homeless? What about non-educators? Better yet, what can governors and legislators do to fight youth homelessness on a broad scale in their states and communities?
Students and teacher at Bard
All his life, Anthony Lloyd was told that he wouldn’t graduate high school. “Teachers, principals, just people everybody thought I was going to fail and end up in the streets. It was told to me so much I almost believed it.”
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Dr. Janet M. Cunningham believes that, “as educators we should encourage all students to find their strengths, pursue post-secondary education, and utilize their strengths in finding a satisfying career.”
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In 2001, the national high school graduation rate stood at 71 percent. Today, no state in the nation has a high school graduation rate below that number, according to the latest Building a Grad Nation report.
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Twenty-three states have moved to pass legislation to increase the number of law enforcement officers in schools. But at a recent listening session on school safety, young people explained why this is a bad idea.
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Linked Learning started in California but a similar approach is now used in schools across the country…which emphasizes technical instruction, work-based learning, and wrap-around support services to help students stay on track.