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Six Steps to Implementing Restorative Practices

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.
What Advice Would You Give Yourself as a College Freshman?

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.  

Type: News

promises: Caring Adults, Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Community Leader Spotlight with Illinois Valley High School

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.

Type: News

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign, National Alliance

Five Youth Quotes on What It’s Like to Be Suspended or Expelled

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.’”
Seven Questions About Title IX, Answered

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.

Type: News

TAG: Safe Schools

promises: Safe Places, Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: School Climate

Youth Share Three Ways to Fight Homelessness

June 26, 2018

What should teachers do if they suspect a student might be homeless? What about non-educators? Better yet, what can governors and legislators do to fight youth homelessness on a broad scale in their states and communities?
High School Students Get a Jump on College in Baltimore

June 26, 2018

All his life, Anthony Lloyd was told that he wouldn’t graduate high school. “Teachers, principals, just people everybody thought I was going to fail and end up in the streets. It was told to me so much I almost believed it.”

Type: News

TAG: Career Pathways

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation State Activation, GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: Pathways

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.”
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, according to the latest Building a Grad Nation report.
Youth Warn Against Law Enforcement in Schools at Listening Session

June 13, 2018

Twenty-three states 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.