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When Youth Feel Unsafe: Brief Insights on the Cognitive and Academic Effects of Exposure to Violence

February 22, 2018

This Point of View brief from the Center for Promise provides research insights on a particularly timely topic - violence in America's schools - that is impacting young people in America. Learn more about this topic by reading this brief
Funding Opportunities

February 22, 2018

The following grants and funding opportunities are currently accepting applicants. These grants are not offered through America's Promise Alliance, but they each relate to our Five Promises.
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

Action Platform: School Climate

In the Full Story of Graduation Rates, Ballou is Only a Chapter

February 21, 2018

For those of us who have worked on the GradNation campaign, the Ballou coverage has challenged us to reflect and question our own role in this story. What are the unintended consequences of setting an ambitious goal? How can we do better? What does this story, and the story of other schools now being investigated, mean for the broader story of our national progress?
This Type of Tragedy Should Never Happen

February 17, 2018

We must all be willing to take the necessary steps to protect our most valuable and vulnerable resources or risk failing our young people.  
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.
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

Action Platform: Pathways