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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.
As Country Grapples with Graduation Gaps, New Research on Mass. Students Whose First Language is Not English Suggests Youth-Led Path Forward for Educators, Policymakers

May 11, 2017

Youth whose First Language is Not English (FLNE) represent the fastest growing segment of the United States public school population. Despite evidence that FLNE students display high levels of optimism and motivation for academic advancement, they continue to graduate at lower rates than the national average.
Youth in Poverty Six Times More Likely to Experience Detrimental Levels of Adversity Than Higher-Income Peers

March 28, 2017

More than one-quarter of children living in poverty (28 percent) experience three or more reported adversities in their adolescence, a rate nearly six times that of their middle and upper class peers, according to a new report by the Center for Promise, the applied research institute of America’s Promise Alliance.
New Study Finds that for Every Seven More Adults in a Neighborhood, One Fewer Young Person Leaves School

October 10, 2016

The more adults in a community, the more young people stay on a path toward academic success, regardless of other factors that influence a young person’s educational trajectory, according to new research released today by the Center for Promise, the research institute of America’s Promise Alliance.
Center for Promise Report Shows Blended Learning Offers Promise as Strategy for Re-engaging Students

April 07, 2016

Blended learning programs, which combine in-person and online or virtual instruction and support, have emerged as a promising way to meet the needs of young adults looking for an alternative on-ramp to a high school diploma, according to a report released today by the Center for Promise, the Boston University-based research institute for America’s Promise Alliance.

Type: Press Release

promises: Effective Education

channels: Re-engaging Youth

campaigns & initiatives: Center for Promise

National Study Illuminates the Role Supportive Relationships Play in Young People’s Decisions to Stay in, Leave and Return to School

September 16, 2015

A new report released today by America’s Promise Alliance offers new insights – from the perspectives of young people themselves – into how support from adults and peers can help to close the remaining gap between those who graduate from high school on time and those who don’t.

Type: Press Release

TAG: Youth Voice

promises: Effective Education

channels: Re-engaging Youth

campaigns & initiatives: Center for Promise

America’s Promise Alliance, Boston University School of Education Join Forces to Better Understand What Helps Young People Thrive

August 14, 2015

The Center for Promise, America’s Promise Alliance’s research institute dedicated to understanding what young people need to thrive and how to create the conditions of success for all young people, is now housed at the Boston University School of Education. With a shared commitment to using research to find solutions that will improve outcomes for young people, this joint effort marks the first partnership between BU and America’s Promise.

Type: Press Release

TAG: Using Data

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: Center for Promise

Center for Promise Releases New Digital Learning Paper

March 11, 2015

Technology and digital media continue to represent a powerful pathway for advancing the goals of education, including raising academic achievement and preparing students for college and career, according to a new study released by the Center for Promise, the research arm of America’s Promise Alliance. In time for Digital Learning Day, the new paper, Wired to Learn: K-12 Students in the Digital Classroom, generously supported by the Cable Impacts Foundation, explores digital learning as a promising strategy for improving students’ educational experiences and highlights the efforts of five…

Type: Press Release

promises: Effective Education

campaigns & initiatives: Center for Promise

Three Case Studies on The Power of Collaboration in Revitalizing Communities for Youth Success

February 24, 2015

Today, America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest partnership of organizations, communities and individuals committed to positive outcomes for youth, and its research arm the Center for Promise, released a series of in-depth case studies highlighting collaborative efforts in the cities of Atlanta, Orlando and New Orleans that provide important lessons about how organizations and communities can work together effectively to create positive pathways to success for young people.
“Don’t Call Them Dropouts:” Report Tells Personal Stories of Those Who Don’t Graduate from High School; Sheds New Light on How to Help

May 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Students who leave high school without graduating say they do so not out of boredom or lack of motivation, but because they are overwhelmed by the effects of toxic living conditions on their daily lives, including homelessness, violent surroundings, abuse or neglect, catastrophic family health events, and the absence of caring adults who can help them stay in school, according to a report released today titled “Don’t Call Them Dropouts.”