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Dr. Janet M. Cunningham believes that, “as educators we should encourage all students to find their strengths, pursue post-secondary education, and utilize their strengths in finding a satisfying career.”
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In the months following the shooting in Parkland, 23 state legislatures have moved to pass legislation to increase the number of law enforcement officers in schools. But at a recent listening session on school safety, young people explained why this is a bad idea.
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Linked Learning started in California but a similar approach is now used in schools across the country…which emphasizes technical instruction, work-based learning, and wrap-around support services to help students stay on track.
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“They might go to math class and wonder, ‘Why am I learning algebra?’ But if the career you want to pursue in, say, construction, will have you using those skills every day, you think about it differently. We get them to understand how the work they’re doing in school is related to what’s coming next.”

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Maggie Wiley

Maggie Wiley

Intern, America's Promise Alliance
As students across the country have graduated from high school, we know that the transition into the “real world” can be a challenge. Here are 10 tips that will help make the transition a little easier.
Maggie Wiley

Maggie Wiley

Intern, America's Promise Alliance
I was diagnosed during my sophomore year of high school with dyscalculia, a disorder that prohibits those who have it from understanding arithmetic. The discovery of my disability was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing, because I finally knew why I never matched up with my peers in math classes. A curse, because my high school is focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Stephen Spaloss, Senior Vice President, Team Leadership, City Year

Stephen Spaloss

SVP, Team Leadership, City Year
In January 2018, City Year Senior Vice President of Team Leadership Stephen Spaloss was invited to speak at a Mental Health in Schools conference of social workers, guidance counselors and teachers or

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In 2001, the national high school graduation rate stood at 71 percent.
Homelessness (ICPH), Civic Enterprises and America’s Promise Alliance launched Education Leads Home, a first-of-its-kind national campaign focused exclusively on addressing the needs of the 1.3 million homeless students enrolled in America’s public schools.
America’s Promise Alliance, with generous support from AT&T, announced today the selection of five states and communities as GradNation Acceleration Grant recipients, as part of the GradNation campaign to raise the high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020. The chosen grantees represent programs whose efforts are focused on accelerating progress for more young people to high school graduation and post-secondary success.