What should teachers do if they suspect a student might be homeless? What about non-educators? Better yet, what can governors and legislators do to fight youth homelessness on a broad scale in their states and communities?
All his life, Anthony Lloyd was told that he wouldn’t graduate high school. “Teachers, principals, just people everybody thought I was going to fail and end up in the streets. It was told to me so much I almost believed it.”
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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STATE ACTIVATION INITIATIVE
The GradNation State Activation Initiative, a three-year collaboration between America’s Promise Alliance and Pearson, works to increase high school graduation rates by leveraging statewide change in three ways: by encouraging statewide innovation and collaboration, by sharing knowledge to accelerate adoption of proven strategies, and by developing successful models all states can replicate.
How states were selected
Grantees were selected from a diverse pool of 41 applicants in 26 states. All applicants – along with other organizations working to increase statewide graduation rates – were invited to join a new GradNation Activation Online Community, a hub for sharing strategies and successful practices, asking questions and sparking conversations.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is creating a state-level coalition and providing seed funding to 10 school districts to improve graduation rates for students whose first language is not English. Read more>
WestEd, a research, development, and service agency is working with the Arizona Mayors' Education Roundtable to support cross-sector partnerships to increase graduation rates in 15 cities across the state. Read more
The Minnesota Alliance With Youth is supporting GradMinnesota, an initiative to increase the state's graduation rate to 90 percent, with a focus on increasing grad rates for students of color, low-income students, English-language learners, and students with disabilities. Read more >
The State Activation Initiative is possible thanks to the generous support of Pearson.
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