State Activation

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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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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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“I’ve always thought that we need to prepare our students for the world, but I’m learning so quickly that we need to prepare the world for our students,” said Christina Cody, a science teacher and founder of the youth health initiative FIT2gether, at the recent Atlantic Education Summit.

STATE ACTIVATION INITIATIVE

How states were chosen for GradNation's 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.

How states were chosen for GradNation's state activation initiative

Massachusetts Grantee: Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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>

Arizona Grantee: WestEd

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

Minnesota Grantee: Alliance With Youth - GradMinnesota

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 >

Grad Nation and Pearson

The State Activation Initiative is possible thanks to the generous support of Pearson.

STATE REPORTS & RESOURCES

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