August 14, 2018
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.
August 09, 2018
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. As millions of young people prepare to enter their freshman year of college this summer, we wanted to reflect on what we wish we had known. So here are a few pieces of meaningful advice we would give ourselves —and by extension, to all the nervous and excited soon-to-be college freshmen out there right now.
August 08, 2018
For youth to succeed in education, we need a shelter over our heads, we need food in our bodies, and we need a community. So make sure a student’s basic needs are met before you send them to detention or punish them.
August 07, 2018
Students began listing the names of teachers who had left in the middle of the year, all of them white. Ninety-eight percent of students were children of color, mostly Latino, and 86 percent qualified for free or reduced-priced lunch. It had not escaped them that the majority of teachers who had quit did not look like them.
July 31, 2018
Harsh discipline practices focus on assigning guilt, but restorative justice works to identify why something happened and what the student and the community needs in order to move forward. It allows young people to be viewed as the holistic individuals they are, and it builds a better foundation to start conversations around relationship-building.
July 26, 2018
It took one of my kindergarten students, Andrew, to help me figure out how to handle my toughest teaching challenge.
July 24, 2018
If you want to know what young people need to succeed, it turns out you should just ask them. They’ll tell you. And they’ll make it clear that neither miracles nor miracle workers are required to help more students graduate from high school and be prepared for the future.
July 19, 2018
Gene Merrill was born and raised in the rural Southern Oregon community of Cave Junction. Both of his parents dropped out of school after 8th grade, and he was the first person in his family to achieve a high school diploma. Today, he is the college and careers coordinator at the school he graduated from, Illinois Valley High School, part of Three Rivers School District.
July 12, 2018
“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.’”
July 12, 2018
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.