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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.
Say Yes to Education and America’s Promise Alliance Announce Leadership for Weiss Institute

September 08, 2017

The Weiss Institute, a new nationwide partnership that helps local communities expand their capacity to support students as they prepare for college and other postsecondary education, announced today that it has selected Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey to be its first president.
How to Find Out if Your High School Students Are Ready for Their Future

September 06, 2017

The world of education and work continues to shift, and so do student perceptions about these areas. That’s why the Research Consortium on Career Pathways & 21st Century Skills is collaborating on a survey research project focused on high school students’ perceptions of Career Paths and 21st Century Skills.
In Dallas, Complex Issues Require Dedicated Partnerships

July 31, 2017

The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas looks at problems in the same way it approaches solving them: Everything is connected. The organization’s mission is to tackle issues of education, health, and income in the Dallas area, and it works with businesses, governments, nonprofits, schools, families, and individuals to do it.
How One High School Defied the Odds to Have Every Graduate Accepted to College

June 22, 2017

Ballou High School in Washington, D.C., made national headlines when 100 percent of their 190 seniors applied to college and got accepted. School officials and students discussed the keys to their success at an event celebrating their success on June 15.
An Investment in Students is an Investment in Communities: Community Leader Spotlight with Nancy Leopold

June 19, 2017

Turning dreams of college into reality is the foundation of CollegeTracks’ work, a nonprofit organization that helps students manage the challenges of the college experience so they persist, graduate, and find a path that allows them to achieve independence, support families, and give back to the community. 
Youth Voice: When It Comes to Keeping Students in School, Colleges Could Learn a Lot from Job Training Programs

June 06, 2017

The first time I stepped foot on campus, I didn’t imagine my time there would be short-lived. Over the excited whispers of freshmen during orientation, I heard the dean say, “Look to your left. Look to your right. You will not see these same faces next year.” I mostly ignored him, because I knew it wouldn’t be me.
Say Yes to Education and America’s Promise Alliance Join Forces to Help Communities Prepare All Students For Higher Education

April 17, 2017

Say Yes to Education and America’s Promise Alliance, two nonprofit organizations with a half century of experience between them, today announced the formation of an institute that will bring together the best thinking, latest research and field-tested strategies to support communities seeking to help more students get on a path to success in higher education and beyond.
Don’t Tell Youth How You Can Help. Ask Them.

March 28, 2017

As someone focused on supporting immigrant youth, Dr. Robert Ponichtera says that even though the young people he works with have many reasons to be fearful, he is continually inspired by their resilience. 
Video: After Years of Loss, One Bronx Resident Finds Hope

March 16, 2017

When King Oquendo was in high school, he says he didn’t feel close to any of his teachers. So when he thought about dropping out, there was no one to stop him—except for his dad.