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Community Leader Spotlight: Citizens for Educational Excellence

June 18, 2018

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.”
Breaking through “the Code”: Five Steps for Unlocking Success in Young People

June 06, 2018

In January 2018, City Year Senior Vice President of Team Leadership Stephen Spaloss was invited to speak at a Mental Health in Schools conference of
2018 Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Raising High School Graduation Rates

June 05, 2018

Authored by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, and released annually in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education and America’s Promise Alliance, the Building a Grad Nation report examines both progress and challenges toward reaching the GradNation campaign goal of a national on-time graduation rate of 90 percent. AT&T, lead sponsor, has supported the report series since its inception through AT&T Aspire, the company’s $400 million commitment since 2008 to graduate more students from high school ready for college and career.…
What’s Working: Unlocking the Untapped Potential of Relationships

May 29, 2018

Relationships matter. So what can national, state, and local organizations do to increase the number and quality of caring adults in the lives of students? And how can those relationships help support efforts to increase the graduation rate?

Type: News

promises: Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: Caring Adult Relationships

What’s Working: How Arizona Helps Young People Reconnect to School and Work

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.
What’s Working: Four Factors Fueling the Rise of Graduation Rates

March 22, 2018

In September 2017, the GradNation campaign released the Acceleration Grant opportunity to fund state- and community-level proposals poised to graduate students who are currently less likely to graduate from high school. Out of 106 applications, we were encouraged to see that communities and states are using these four factors to inform their work.
Lesson from National Nonprofit: To Lift Children Out of Poverty, Empower their Parents

October 05, 2017

Research shows that programs make more progress when they involve parents or caregivers. Yet not every organization that wants to impact kids works with and for parents. Why not? Here’s a look at some of the challenges—and a few solutions.
The Next Phase of the GradNation Campaign

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.
What’s Working: Four Ways Policymakers Can Use Data to Improve Schools

July 26, 2017

Along with spotlighting states that can serve as examples to the rest of the country, Time to Act 2017: Put Data in the Hands of the People challenges leaders in education agencies, state boards, legislatures, and governors to prioritize the effective use of data in the following four ways.
How One High School Defied the Odds to Have Every Graduate Accepted to College

June 22, 2017

Ballou High School in Washington, D.C., made national headlines when 100 percent of their 190 seniors applied to college and got accepted. School officials and students discussed the keys to their success at an event celebrating their success on June 15.