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How to Keep Young People at the Center

October 11, 2018

Finding ways to better help young people succeed in life is a constant pursuit for communities, practitioners, and policymakers, and one that requires us all to take what we at the Center for Promise call a youth systems approach.

Type: Opinion

promises: A Healthy Start

campaigns & initiatives: Center for Promise

In Roughly 1,300 High Schools Across America, On-Time Graduation Still Elusive

October 04, 2018

Number of Low-Performing Schools Continue to Decline, Targeted Approach Designed for the Highest Need High Schools Required for Further Progress Washington, D.C. – After more than a decade of progress in improving high school graduation rates, there remain about 1,300 traditional high schools in need of serious improvement and redesign, according to new research from the GradNation campaign. Among them are more than 800 low-graduation-rate high schools with an average graduation rate of 49 percent.
Reducing Suspensions Is Not Enough

October 03, 2018

[Some] students report they are still being removed from their classes, even if those removals are no longer being called suspensions. By simply eliminating suspension without providing anything in its place, students aren’t given access to any additional support or resources, and teachers lose autonomy and control over their own classrooms.

Type: Opinion

promises: Caring Adults, Safe Places

campaigns & initiatives: Center for Promise

What’s Working: Why Data Matters in the Fight Against Chronic Absence

September 28, 2018

A new report from Attendance Works highlights ways in which data can be a crucial tool in reducing rates of chronic absence, helping districts to design more effective, targeted, and equitable solutions.
Community Leader Spotlight with West Virginia’s Promise - The Alliance for Youth

September 26, 2018

West Virginia’s Promise is a statewide program that mobilizes partners to strengthen the capacity of local communities to develop and support young people.
This Back-to-School Season, Let’s Not Forget that Hope Matters

September 06, 2018

As millions of young people begin a new school year, many parents and adults are no doubt worried about how well they’ll fare. From concerns about screen time to college and career readiness, there are plenty of headlines that fret over the well-being of young people.
The Link Between Suspensions, Expulsions, and Dropout Rates

September 05, 2018

A preponderance of research shows that suspensions and expulsions do little to change behavior and can push students out of school altogether. For instance, being suspended just one time in the ninth grade is related to an increased risk of dropping out. Suspension can increase the chance of leaving school prior to graduation from 16 percent to a 32 percent.
Community Leader Spotlight with the Mobile Area Education Foundation

August 29, 2018

“Good is not great, and greatness is an expectation.” 
Getting Into College Is Tough for First-Generation College Students, So I’m Making It a Little Easier

August 29, 2018

As a first-generation college student, I found myself doing everything on my own, without any family support and knowing very little of what was entailed in both applying and getting into college.