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How a Tulsa ‘failure factory’ turned around its graduation rate in three years
The Christian Science Monitor, December 5, 2017

Increasing Graduation Rates in Our Nation’s Public High Schools
Healthy People, July 20, 2017

Early Warning Signs of Dropping Out
Education Talk Radio, May 22, 2017

How identifying struggling students in middle school can keep struggling students from dropping out of high school
The Hechinger Report, March 14, 2017

How Boosting Education Research Could Revolutionize US Schooling
Stanford Social Innovation Review, March 14, 2017

Arne Duncan: Obama Should Focus On Our Kids
TIME, January 18, 2017

With data, and helping hands, a school turns around its dismal dropout trend
Miami Herald, November 5, 2016

6 Ways the Next President Can Improve Education
TIME, October 28, 2016

Rethinking high-poverty schools: An interview with Dr. Robert Balfanz
NewsWorks, October 14, 2016

‘Diplomas Now’ Program
ABC Philadelphia, October 14, 2016

Missing School Matters
Phi Delta Kappan, September 27, 2016

The Education of Omarina
PBS Frontline, September 13, 2016

Chronic absenteeism hinders students
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, September 6, 2016

How U.S. schools are combating chronic absenteeism
The Christian Science Monitor, September 6, 2016

What it Takes: Two high-poverty schools chase better graduation rates
American Public Media, September 1, 2016

Clinton Middle School uses 20-day challenge to encourage attendance
ABC Tulsa, August 29, 2016

Early impact of Diplomas Now
School Leadership 2.0, July 12, 2016

Diplomas Now Helps Keep Kids in School
Black Enterprise, July 8, 2016

Can ‘early warning systems’ keep children from dropping out of school?
Washington Post, June 21, 2016

Diplomas Now i3 Project: Early Monitoring Protects At-Risk Students
Education Week, June 21, 2016

Not Good Enough on Graduation
U.S. News & World Report, May 9, 2016

Scouts, Hospice of BR, Teach for America, others losing Capital Area United Way funding; 100 Black Men, 17 others added
The Advocate, April 26, 2016

Capital Area United Way to dole out $4.74M to 51 nonprofits
Business Report, April 26, 2016

At Clinton Middle School, a Diplomas Now turnaround from ‘insane asylum’ to ‘warm and supportive’
LA School Report, March 21, 2016

The ‘Diplomas Now’ Way: Better Identify At-Risk Kids, Do Whatever It Takes to Get Them to Graduation Day
The 74 Million, March 15, 2016

Pathways & Pipelines: Successful Transitions From Middle School to High School
InQuisiTV KCTS9, January 29, 2016

ImpactTulsa holds community summit on area high school graduation rates
Tulsa World, January 9, 2016


Optimism, test scores on the rise at English High School

The Boston Globe, November 30, 2015

Denny International Middle School, Seattle | Pathways to Excellence

InQuisiTV KCTS9, October 5, 2015

Working Together to Help Kids Succeed in School
Corporation for National and Community Service Official Blog, August 20, 2015

#IamAmeriCorps Q&A: Tiana Hill
Corporation for National and Community Service Official Blog, August 20, 2015

Friends and Neighbors: Communities in Schools site coordinator honored by Diplomas Now

Miami Herald, August 5, 2015

Tulsa education conference: National expert Robert Balfanz addresses high school dropout problem

Tulsa World, July 8, 2015

Graduation Rate Booster Group Targets Poverty as Toughest Problem
Public Radio Tulsa, July 7, 2015

Program Helps Put Recent Graduates on Path to Success

CBS New York, June 27, 2015

‘Diplomas Now’ program at Newtown HS helps students focus on school

The Queens Chronicle, June 26, 2015

Why there’s nothing like high school graduation

The Boston Globe, June 5, 2015

Guest commentary: Progress has been made, but there is still a challenge in ending the high school dropout epidemic

The Advocate, June 1, 2015

Boston NBC Affiliate Features Success of The English High School
Urban Update, May 31, 2015

Amazing Graduates Overcoming the Odds

The Root, May 30, 2015

Fights and anger replaced by a big scholarship and even bigger goals

South Florida Times, May 21, 2015

‘Diplomas Now’ Steers Booker T. Senior In The Right Direction
CBS Miami, May 20, 2015

Why federal focus on the lowest performing schools matters
The Hill, March 27, 2015

Data is key in quest to transform Detroit’s schools
Detroit Free Press, February 28, 2015

Innovation in Action
Home Room, February 10, 2015

Arne Duncan Makes Push to Continue i3 Program in NCLB Rewrite
Education Week, February 9, 2015

Arne Duncan presses his case for innovation grants at D.C. school
The Washington Post, February 9, 2015

Guest Commentary: Data should drive school reform
The Advocate, January 27, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Day a day on–not off–for Tulsa AmeriCorps Workers and Volunteers 
Tulsa World, January 20, 2015


Where are they now? Updates on Education Lab’s past stories
The Seattle Times, November 15, 2014

Focus on South Florida: Dropout Prevention
CBS, October 13, 2014

Report Roundup: Graduation Rates
Education Week, August 19, 2014

Teaching Is Not a Business
New York Times, August 16, 2014

Can success be replicated? City schools should expand strategy that led to testing gains
The Columbus Dispatch, July 27, 2014

More teens pass grad test in Columbus City Schools
The Columbus Dispatch, July 20, 2014

Opinionator: Stop Holding Us Back
New York Times, June 7, 2014

Payoffs and Pitfalls of Flagging ‘At-Risk’ Kids in Early Grades
Youth Radio, June 10, 2014

School teams tackle ‘early warning’ signs of at-risk students
Detroit News, June 8, 2014

Flo Rida Gets Schooled In Miami
Look To The Stars, June 6, 2014

Robert Balfanz – “Building a Grad Nation”
The Tavis Smiley Show

PepsiCo Foundation Awards $5 Million to Diplomas Now Collaborative
Philanthropy News Digest, May 27, 2014

Data mining in schools
Al Jazeera America, May 2, 2014

Partnerships broaden Beeber students’ horizons
Philadelphia Tribune, April 22, 2014

Mentors Help High School Students Work to Boost Grades
DNAinfo Chicago, April 10, 2014

Putting Student Data To The Test To Identify Struggling Kids
NPR’s All Things Considered, April 8, 2014

Diplomas Now project helps students in Florida stay on track to graduate
No Dropouts, March 24, 2014

Mining Student Data To Keep Kids From Dropping Out
StateImpact Florida, March 24, 2014

In the category of Best Education Efforts, the winners are…
Seattle Times, March 5, 2014

Want better students? Get real about life outside the classroom
Seattle Times, March 4, 2014

Private-public partnerships help students succeed with Diplomas Now
No Dropouts, February 18, 2014

How to transform the high school experience for dropout risks
Crain’s Chicago Business, February 17, 2014

Mentors Play Key Role in Getting Students to School
The Huffington Post, February 7, 2014


Guest: Communities should work together to keep kids in class
Seattle Times, November 20, 2013

2 Seattle middle schools focus on attendance, see scores climb
Seattle Times, November 20, 2013

Video: “Near peers” drum up enthusiasm at Denny Middle School
Seattle Times, November 20, 2013

Five questions with Denny Middle School’s City Year mentors
Seattle Times, November 20, 2013

Anti-Truancy Efforts Notch High Marks
Wall Street Journal, November 19, 2013

Volunteers Provide One-on-One Advice to At-Risk Middle School Students
Tulsa World, November 22, 2013

Local High School Works To Raise Graduation Rates With ‘Diploma Now’ Program
10tv.com, November 14, 2013

South’s Diplomas Now Faces Funding Challenge
This Week Community News, October 29, 2013

‘Diplomas Now’ Champions Burbank Students Through Graduation
The Rivard Report, October 1, 2013

Come Together to Strengthen Public-Private Partnerships
The Huffington Post, September 27, 2013

City Year corps members mentor at-risk students in Tulsa
Tulsa World, September 5, 2013

CCS Continues Diplomas Now Program At Cost of $800K
Central Ohio NPR News & Music, September 4, 2013

Diplomas Now: A Model of Collaboration and Innovation
Learning First Alliance, July 8, 2013

What you won’t hear at high school graduation
CNN, June 6, 2013

Anti-dropout program offers graduation-like ceremonies
The Columbus Dispatch, May 29, 2013

Why Are High School Graduation Rates Up?
Learning Matters, April 11, 2013

Inspiring Youth to Stay in School: The Diplomas Now Approach
Promote Prevent Perspectives, April 5, 2013

City Year, AT&T Team Up to Keep Kids in School and on Track to Succeed
City Year, March 21, 2013

Diplomas Now
The Advocate, March 10, 2013

Robert Balfanz named “Champion of Change” by White House
JHU CSOS, February 26, 2013

Honors just keep coming for Shaw Middle
The Philadelphia Tribune, January 22, 2013

A Focus on Attendance Is Key to Success
NASSP, January 2013


‘Diplomas Now’ Turns Around Failing Broadmoor Middle School In Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Huffington Post, December 11, 2012

How one school ‘turnaround’ worked (without firing the teachers)
The Washington Post’s The Answer Sheet, December 7, 2012

PBS Newshour Feature Compilation, December 6, 2012:

Diplomas Now nurtures the whole child
American Teacher, November/December 2012

School of the Week: Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School
Detroit Public School News, October 29, 2012

National Service Can Ignite School Turnaround Efforts
Education Week, September 18, 2012

Reform the L.A. Way: Diplomas Now!
KLCS TV, August 7, 2012

Middle School Moment
PBS Frontline, July 17, 2012

A Necessary Luxury
Catalyst-Chicago, June 18, 2012

Chronic Absenteeism: Public School’s Forgotten Problem?
WAMU-FM, June 1, 2012

‘Chronically Absent’ Students Skew School Data, Study Finds, Citing Parents’ Role
New York Times, May 17, 2012

How ‘early warning systems’ are keeping kids in school
Washington Post, April 10, 2012

In DC Schools, 59 Percent of Students Earn Diplomas on Time
Washington Post, April 5, 2012

Graduation Rates Rise
Washington Post, March 25, 2012

D.C Council Approves Education Bills
Washington Post, March 20, 2012

Bridging The Gap Between Home And School
WAMU-FM, March 16, 2012

Scaling Up Solutions To The Dropout Problem
WAMU-FM, March 8, 2012

Photos: Diplomas Now at Browne Education Campus
WAMU-FM, March 8, 2012

Ne-Yo Encourages Attendance and Education During School Visit
Look to the Stars, February 28, 2012

Teens Publish Book about their Lives Beyond School
Chicago Tribune, February 12, 2012

WA Middle School Wins Attendance Contest
Associated Press, January 27, 2012

Ending America’s Droupout Crisis Part 1: Middle School Intervention That Works
Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman, January 26, 2012

Obama Wades into Issue of Raising Dropout Age
New York Times, January 25, 2012

Martin Luther King Day Service Project
C-SPAN, January 16, 2012

Let’s Focus on Chronic Absenteeism
Education Week, January 4, 2012


A Narrower Focus Helps City Year Win Grants and Increase Its Impact
Chronicle of Philanthropy
, December 4, 2011

Researchers, Nonprofit Leaders Discuss School Absences
Bloomberg EDU, November 28, 2011

L.A. Learning to Curb High School Dropouts
Los Angeles Business Journal, November 28, 2011

Progress Lags in High School
Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, November 2, 2011

Students Help Build Community Garden at Capitol Middle School
WBRZ Baton Rouge, October 15, 2011

Strategies to Prevent Youth from Dropping Out
WDET Detroit, September 19, 2011

At a Restart School, it Starts with Long Lines
New York Times, September 8, 2011

Students, principals feel first-day-of-school jitters as metro Detroit returns to the classroom
Detroit Free Press, September 6, 2011

Diplomas Now: A New Approach to Student Achievement
WJBK FOX News, August 25, 2011

Restart partners say they plan to ease into management role
Gotham Schools, August 12, 2011

CISD in Partnership with Diplomas Now
Peoplemovers, June 28, 2011

Inside Detroit Public Schools
WRCJ 90.9, June 19, 2011

Diplomas Now: Providing Solutions to the Education Crisis in America
Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, June 2011

New Orleans Schools a Study in Contrasts
Education News, April 7, 2011

Back on Track to Graduate
Educational Leadership, April 2011

As Student Absenteeism Rises, a Charter School Fights Back
New York Times, March 25, 2011

Diplomas Now: Improving Graduation Rates
Urban Teacher Life, March 23, 2011

S.C. Project Stems ‘Dropout Factories’
Sun News, January 21, 2011

Program Reduces Dropout Rate in Columbia
WACH FOX News, January 20, 2011


ABCs for Dropout Rate Reform
CBS News, November 30, 2010

White House Call Out of Diplomas Now
White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, July 7, 2010

To Fight ‘Dropout Factories,’ School Program Starts Young
USA Today, May 28, 2010


‘Diplomas Now’ Offers Potential Dropouts Lots of Help
Education Week, December 16, 2009

Program Aims to Prevent Dropouts
San Antonio Express News, December 4, 2009

Diplomas Now Helps Prevent Dropouts
Johns Hopkins Newsletter, October 8, 2009

Students on Track for Graduation
Middle Ground, August 2009