What’s Working: Four Factors Fueling the Rise of Graduation Rates

March 22, 2018

In September 2017, the GradNation campaign released the Acceleration Grant opportunity to fund state- and community-level proposals poised to graduate students who are currently less likely to graduate from high school. Out of 106 applications, we were encouraged to see that communities and states are using these four factors to inform their work.
Youth Voice: The Hidden Practice Pushing Students Out of School

February 28, 2018

Much has been written about the problems with zero-tolerance discipline policies, but there’s another practice in Minnesota that contributes to school pushout without the attention: suspending or expelling students for “discretionary violations.” Under Minnesota Law, educators can dismiss youth if the “willful conduct...significantly disrupts the rights of others to an education.” There are a few major problems with this.
Youth Voice: I am Not Your Good Immigrant

November 14, 2017

I am not better nor am I worse than the other 10.2 million undocumented immigrants that were not granted this protection in the first place. I am not the “Good Immigrant.” I am not the “Dreamer.” Our parents, our families, those who made the decision to come to a country in which they are criminalized, they are the original dreamers. Not us.
The Next Phase of the GradNation Campaign

September 18, 2017

How can we help young people dealing with violence and trauma at home succeed in the classroom? As we enter the final stretch of the GradNation campaign, where should we focus most of our energy? The answers can be found in the new GradNation Action Platform, a set of six action areas for states and communities to raise graduation rates and support student success.
Youth Voice: Students Should be Able to Use “Sick Days” for Mental Health Too

August 02, 2017

Adults aren’t the only ones struggling with mental illnesses, and as the research below shows, young people may even have more to lose. But allowing students to use “sick days” (or excused absences) for their mental health could go a long way in creating a culture of health in the classroom that can help them stay on track to graduating.
Youth Voice: Three Ways Schools Can Better Prepare Students for College

July 27, 2017

I am afraid I am not ready for college. I just graduated high school, and a statistic I recently found worries me: 70 percent of Americans will study at a four-year college this year, but less than two-thirds will graduate.

Type: Opinion

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: GradNation Campaign

What’s Working: Minnesota’s Commitment to Empowering Civically Engaged Youth

April 27, 2017

This article is part of the “What’s Working” series, which highlights promising practices for helping to close the graduation gap in communities and states across the country.
Youth Voice: The Meaning of Wellness Has Changed. The Community Needs to do the Same.

February 09, 2017

What are the biggest barriers to wellness young people face? The findings of a new five-city Center for Promise study of young people—by young people—might surprise you. Here’s one Philadelphia youth researcher’s perspective.
How Learning About Black History Changed My Future

February 08, 2017

In honor of Black History Month, a former teaching assistant reflects on the role that courses and films on African American history played in shaping his outlook on education. This story is part of the “90 for All” series, which examines the challenges facing traditionally underserved students, particularly low-income and homeless students, English language learners, students of color, and students with disabilities.
A Year of AmeriCorps: Change is Possible

January 23, 2017

Eliminating poverty and raising the high school graduation rate to 90 percent — these two goals are daunting. However, they’re the goals of the GradMinnesota initiative, as well as goals I am committed to working toward over the next seven months.