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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

What State of the State Speeches Reveal about the State of Education

February 07, 2018

So far, this year’s State of the State addresses reveals that, when it comes to education, leaders across the country will continue to prioritize workforce development. Here’s a look at five governors who specifically mentioned high school graduation rates in their speeches and how they plan to improve education for young people in their states.

Type: News

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

Action Platform: Pathways

How One School Came to Be at the Center of the Grad Rate Debate

February 01, 2018

If you work in any field even remotely related to education, odds are you’ve come across a headline about D.C.’s Ballou High School at some point in the past few months. Here’s a quick rundown and reminder of everything we know so far.
What’s Working: Closing the Hispanic/Latino Student Completion Gap in Higher Ed

January 25, 2018

As America’s Promise reported a few months ago, Hispanic/Latino students may be enrolling in college at higher rates, but they’re significantly less likely to finish their degrees than their peers. A recent study from The Education Trust shows that the right on-campus factors can turn the tide for these students, while examples from across the country and other studies offer various approaches for improving graduation rates. Here are a few recommendations for colleges to help their Hispanic/Latino populations succeed.
Community Leader Spotlight: Minnesota Alliance With Youth

January 18, 2018

“If the success of our efforts is tracked by numbers, we have lost the point completely and our children feel it. Before data, graphs, and systems there were relationships and community.” Alexis Goffe, GradMinnesota Director for Minnesota Alliance with Youth, learned this lesson when a student confided that some teachers seemed to care more about tracking attendance than the actual student. America’s Promise asked Goffe about his state’s effort to create a GradNation for all young people and the important role of caring adult relationships in this work. Here are his answers.
Convener and Catalyst: Community Leader Spotlight with the Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Families

December 12, 2017

Mindy Sturm serves as the director of the Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Families (MOCYF) in Charleston, South Carolina. MOCYF focuses on improving the conditions for children, mobilizing resources in the community to work on their behalf, and developing strategies to support children, youth and families.

Type: News

TAG: Using Data

promises: Caring Adults

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign, GradNation State Activation

Action Platform: Non-Academic Factors