State Activation

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News from the States

Passport to Success
Within the national debate on how to increase college graduates, a key actor is missing—the families of those students being served. Usually, the families are perceived as ‘obstacles’ in helping first generation students access and complete a post-secondary education.
Memebers of Congress during a State of the Union Address
So far, this year’s State of the State addresses reveals that, when it comes to education, leaders across the country will continue to prioritize workforce development. Here’s a look at five governors who specifically mentioned high school graduation rates in their speeches and how they plan to improve education for young people in their states.
End violence against children
“If the success of our efforts is tracked by numbers, we have lost the point completely and our children feel it. Before data, graphs, and systems there were relationships and community.” Alexis Goffe, GradMinnesota Director for Minnesota Alliance with Youth, learned this lesson when a student confided that some teachers seemed to care more about tracking attendance than the actual student. America’s Promise asked Goffe about his state’s effort to create a GradNation for all young people and the important role of caring adult relationships in this work. Here are his answers.
Mayor's office trick or treat
Mindy Sturm serves as the director of the Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Families (MOCYF) in Charleston, South Carolina. MOCYF focuses on improving the conditions for children, mobilizing resources in the community to work on their behalf, and developing strategies to support children, youth and families.

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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