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.
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.
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.
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.’”
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.
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?
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.”
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.”
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.
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.