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Leaders Tackle Challenges, Solutions in Latest Building a Grad Nation Report

June 14, 2018

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. Furthermore, there are now 39 states above 80 percent.
Youth Warn Against More Law Enforcement in Schools at School Safety Listening Session

June 13, 2018

In the months following the shooting in Parkland, 23 state legislatures 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.
What’s Working: Linked Learning’s Pathway to Success for High School Students

June 13, 2018

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.
A Michigan Grads Program Sets Its Sights High

May 30, 2018

“They might go to math class and wonder, ‘Why am I learning algebra?’ But if the career you want to pursue in, say, construction, will have you using those skills every day, you think about it differently. We get them to understand how the work they’re doing in school is related to what’s coming next.”
The Economic Upside to Increasing Grad Rates

May 29, 2018

Importantly, the Alliance for Excellent Education maps the positive impacts that a 90 percent high school graduation rate would have on local economies, breaking the data down by state, metropolitan area, and demographic group so that it can be useful for local community leaders, policymakers, educators, parents, and others.
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

Community Leader Spotlight: Communities In Schools of the Nation’s Capital

May 22, 2018

Ashley Lyles attributes her success in life to the teachers, family, and mentors that have supported her along the way—which is why she has dedicated her own life to paying it forward and working with youth so they may have hopes for a bright future. 

Type: News

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Youth Speak Out at the Atlantic Education Summit

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.
Michelle Obama Advises Future Freshmen: If You Fall Behind, Ask for Help.

May 10, 2018

At a loud and energetic College Signing Day in Philadelphia, celebrities, athletes, and politicians joined former First Lady Michelle Obama to celebrate graduating high school seniors who have chosen to continue on to higher education.

Type: News

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

New Reports Reveal Extreme Discipline Disparities for Students with Disabilities

April 30, 2018

As Autism Awareness Month comes to a close, three new reports show that students with disabilities are subjected to school discipline at severely disproportionate rates, resulting in chronic exclusion and lost learning opportunities.