May 31, 2018
To make matters worse, coaches and peers encouraged me to continue playing sports because it could pay for my education. So I spent countless hours and days training and practicing in different sports, hoping to land an athletic scholarship…which took away from any participation in extracurricular activities and volunteering experience that aligns with my current career aspirations.
May 21, 2018
“I’ve always thought that we need to prepare our students for the world, but I’m learning so quickly that we need to prepare the world for our students,” said Christina Cody, a science teacher and founder of the youth health initiative FIT2gether, at the recent Atlantic Education Summit.
April 06, 2018
In the spirit of collaboration and to support the current movement to create and preserve schools as safe places for young people, America’s Promise Alliance, along with two other partner organizations working together as part of the Together for Healthy and Successful Schools initiative, have sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy Devos and the Federal School Safety Commission to inform the
April 05, 2018
A new report from the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable projects that high school non-completion and disconnected youth will cost the state upwards of $100 billion. Here’s how three Arizona communities are keeping young people on track towards completion, connection, and prosperity.
April 04, 2018
Though students at Thurgood Marshall Academy see the recent March for Our Lives rally as a symbolic moment, they know that long-term change takes time. After all, their school gets its name from the man who helped make school segregation illegal and challenged the separate but equal doctrine on which it stood for more than half a century.
February 28, 2018
Much has been written about the problems with zero-tolerance discipline policies, but there’s another practice in Minnesota that contributes to school pushout without the attention: suspending or expelling students for “discretionary violations.” Under Minnesota Law, educators can dismiss youth if the “willful conduct...significantly disrupts the rights of others to an education.” There are a few major problems with this.
When Youth Feel Unsafe: Brief Insights on the Cognitive and Academic Effects of Exposure to Violence
February 22, 2018
This Point of View brief from the Center for Promise provides research insights on a particularly timely topic - violence in America's schools - that is impacting young people in America. Learn more about this topic by reading this brief
February 21, 2018
More than half of young people say they have experienced some form of sexual harassment in high school, yet schools often report zero instances of harassment—a figure experts say is “statistically impossible.” Why the disconnect between the data?
September 18, 2017
How can we help young people dealing with violence and trauma at home succeed in the classroom? As we enter the final stretch of the GradNation campaign, where should we focus most of our energy? The answers can be found in the new GradNation Action Platform, a set of six action areas for states and communities to raise graduation rates and support student success.
September 21, 2016
For years now, we’ve known that suspensions hurt students more than they help. Instead of changing students’ behavior, suspensions only put them at higher risk of dropping out. It’s also no secret that harsh discipline policies tend to disproportionately impact students of color.