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A Powerful Generation

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.

Type: News

TAG: Youth Voice, Safe Schools

promises: Safe Places

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: School Climate, Non-Academic Factors

Food for thought: Students’ test scores rise a few weeks after families get food stamps

March 27, 2018

Families receiving food stamps get their benefits once a month. A few weeks later, kids’ test scores tick up. The pattern, revealed by a new study of thousands of North Carolina families, suggests that the additional access to healthy food helps students do better in school.
Can Jobs Make Chicago Safer?

March 22, 2018

For many young men, joining a gang is their best option to survive. That’s why Chicago CRED works to provide “a pathway from the streets and into the legal economy” to combat gun violence in the city.

Type: News

TAG: Safe Schools

promises: Safe Places

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: Youth Re-Engagement

Community Leader Spotlight: ImpactTulsa

March 13, 2018

Alex Paschal, Manager of Community Engagement for ImpactTulsa, is “motivated by the vision of ensuring all students are guaranteed a high-quality education and a pathway to thrive.” That’s why Paschal and the team at ImpactTulsa are helping more students finish high school prepared with the resources they need for postsecondary success.
Trauma-Informed Care Initiatives Show Promise for Improving Practice in the Child Welfare System

March 06, 2018

Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) provides children’s care teams with the tools and knowledge they need to better care for children, as well as a common language for addressing trauma.
How States Are Leading for Equity

February 22, 2018

What can states do to ensure that every student receives an effective education? What does a real commitment to equity look like? A panel of experts tackled these questions in their discussion of a new report, States Leading for Equity: Promising Practices Advancing the Equity Commitments. Here are the takeaways.
When Students Say #MeToo, Schools Don't Always Listen

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?

Type: News

TAG: Healthy Schools

promises: Safe Places

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: School Climate

Community Leader Spotlight: Families In Schools

February 15, 2018

Within the national debate on how to increase college graduates, a key actor is missing—the families of those students being served. Usually, the families are perceived as ‘obstacles’ in helping first generation students access and complete a post-secondary education.

Type: News

promises: Caring Adults, Effective Education, Safe Places

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Seven Young Leaders Making Black History Today

February 08, 2018

Young people across the country are improving media representation for people of color, promoting literacy education, speaking out against bullying, and much more. In honor of Black History Month, we compiled a list of seven African-American young leaders who are raising their voices, advocating for their causes, and fighting for a better future.
What’s Working: Two Approaches that Help Students with Disabilities Succeed

February 07, 2018

Here’s a troubling fact: students with disabilities are 50 percent more likely to be chronically absent—and research shows that chronic absenteeism is a better predictor of whether a student will drop out than test scores. A recent webinar offered tips for how educators can help students with disabilities overcome these odds and succeed in the classroom.

Type: News

promises: Caring Adults, Opportunities to Help Others

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign