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Community Leader Spotlight with Illinois Valley High School

July 19, 2018

“Every student has a story and every student has their own hurdles and individual challenges. And often it takes an individual person to help them overcome these roadblocks to success.”

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.
In Wake of School Shooting, Students and Advocates Say Armed Guards Are Not the Answer

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.
What’s Working: Linked Learning’s Pathway to Success for 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.”