Five Diplomas Now high school students have formed a strong partnership with the nonprofit College Summit, which is providing a curriculum and training to prepare students for college and careers. College Summit also is providing resources to help students apply to and enroll in colleges and is organizing events that promote a college-going culture.
Robert Balfanz recently presented his findings at the Grad Nation Summit, where he highlighted results showing fewer dropout factories and big gains in graduation rates by black and Hispanic students and that we’re on track to meet a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020.
City Year and the Everyone Graduates Center have released a report titled, “Overcoming the Poverty Challenge to Enable College and Career Readiness for All,” which explores the dire need for enhanced student supports from schools, nonprofits and the community.
Diplomas Now’s Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences of Philadelphia was honored last month by a visit with Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett, who said the initiative is “vital to keep students engaged and focused on their futures.”
In October 2012, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., paid an afternoon visit to Broadmoor Middle School in East Baton Rouge and commended the DN effort.
On March 19 and 20, Bob Balfanz and Doug Elmer of Diplomas Now were featured speakers at the 2012 Building a Grad Nation Summit. The summit is the premier event of Grad Nation, a 10-year campaign by America’s Promise Alliance to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce.
Diplomas Now congratulates partner Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle, WA, for winning the national title in the 2011 Get Schooled Fall Attendance Challenge. Aki Kurose led the pack of nearly 80,000 students at 73 schools in 17 states this fall and through the challenge, its students improved their attendance by a remarkable 3.7 percent.
Watch video testimony provided before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Education and the Workforce, during a hearing on the Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act, “Re-Authorizing ESEA: The Need for Federal Guideposts, Guardrails, and Catalysts.”
Diplomas Now is pleased to announce the winners of the first Big Ideas mini-grants competition among its school sites who were full of creative ideas to boost students’ ABCs – attendance, behavior, and course performance.