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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

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.
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.
Six Steps to Implementing Restorative Practices

August 14, 2018

In all the talk about the importance of reducing suspensions and other exclusionary discipline practices in schools, one question looms large for most educators and administrators: What do we do instead? For many people, part of the answer lies in restorative practices.
Youth Voice: Detention Never Stopped Me from Cutting Class. Here’s What Did.

August 08, 2018

For youth to succeed in education, we need a shelter over our heads, we need food in our bodies, and we need a community. So make sure a student’s basic needs are met before you send them to detention or punish them.
Youth Voice: Redefining the Meaning of Intervention

July 31, 2018

Harsh discipline practices focus on assigning guilt, but restorative justice works to identify why something happened and what the student and the community needs in order to move forward. It allows young people to be viewed as the holistic individuals they are, and it builds a better foundation to start conversations around relationship-building.
Five Youth Quotes on What It’s Like to Be Suspended or Expelled

July 12, 2018

“All you got to do is to get suspended one time and you’re labeled. I see it, like they follow the same kids around, like everybody knows, ‘Hey, those are the bad kid.’”