Opinion

Insights from thought leaders working to improve the lives of America’s Youth

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Learn more about our 2015 Promise of America Award recipient Wes Moore.

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Learn more about our 2015 Promise of America Award recipient Anthony Welters.

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As we boarded the busses to travel the few blocks to the downtown hotel, no one knew quite what to expect. We were headed to Grad Day 4 Tampa Bay, a GradNation Community Summit that we spent more than a year planning. A student group from Jefferson joined my group of students from Blake High School, and we were all eager to see Armwood and Durant students again. Students from these four high schools created a survey asking students what we needed to succeed; afterwards, we all got together and shared our results with each other. We hadn’t seen each other since, and we were all excited to share the work we had done in the last few months.
Eva Harder
Writer and Editor, America's Promise Alliance
Can we talk about what we don’t test? “The evidence is overwhelming that, whatever they’re called, skills beyond those captured by test scores play a critical role in supporting student success in school and in life,” Brookings fellow and Harvard professor Martin West said this week at an event sponsored by the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings.

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Confidence is a skill that is as valuable as any ‘hard skill’ our young girls may learn. Though many of the odds may be stacked against girls, we can teach them to harness their resilience and focus it on a positive future.
Vickie  James With Kids

Vickie James

Creator and National Director Healthy Kids Challenge (HKC)
Who hasn’t heard that as a nation we aren’t eating well or getting enough physical activity?

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When you plan an event there is a special moment that happens just before the curtains rise.
Rachel Martone

Rachel Martone

Public Allies AmeriCorps
On Friday, March 6th, over 200 educators, afterschool providers, parents, community leaders, and policy makers gathered at the University of Pittsburgh to attend a day-long summit focused on increasing school attendance in Allegheny County. 
President & CEO, America's Promise Alliance
President & CEO America's Promise Alliance
A few years ago, I had the chance to spend a few hours with Bob Putnam at his house in New Hampshire.  We talked about a book he was working on, which he had actually delayed his retirement to write.

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We’re here because our superintendent said we’re going one-to-one with tablets next year,” the technology director of a Midwestern school district told me during a tour of technology-savvy Miami-Dade

Carol McCormack

president & CEO United Way of South Hampton Roads
In South Hampton Roads, VA, we have 21,000 children living in extreme poverty. Education is the way out of poverty. And poverty is the enemy of education.

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Today, I am pleased to help host a GradNation Community Summit called “Grad Day 4 Tampa Bay.” The summit will be an opportunity for students from my high school, Armwood, and three other schools in Hillsborough County - Blake, Jefferson and Durant - to present work we have been doing to raise high school graduation rates.