To All Diplomas Now Staff,
Welcome back to another exciting school year!
As we move into a new school year, the national
executive team wants to express to the entire Diplomas Now family
how grateful we are for the success you have achieved to date.
Our work is critical to the schools and the
thousands of students we all serve, and it is becoming
increasingly clear how potentially important our collaboration is
to public education and the country at large. We have shown
through our unique approach that Diplomas Now can project between
10 and 20 percentage point gains in graduation rates in schools
with the greatest challenges. This is transformational change,
the likes of which has never been witnessed at this scale.
We also know that we generate amazing impacts in
individual schools-here are just a few examples:
- In East Baton Rouge, all
three Diplomas Now schools were removed from the state of
Louisiana's academically unacceptable list.
- Rhodes Middle School in
San Antonio achieved the highest math proficiency rate in
- Clinton Middle School in
Los Angeles increased the number of 8th graders who passed
their algebra final exams by 28 percentage points.
The evidence for our model is clearly starting to
mount, and our growing success is a testament not just to your
expert implementation, but your belief in the potential of our
students and the staff who work with them.
We also want to commend you all for the time, effort
and creativity you have demonstrated in continuing to refine our
approach based on the ever-evolving realities and opportunities
before us. Because of your continued flexibility and ongoing
success, we are poised to enter this school year with powerful
momentum and a clear sense of optimism that will prove that our
approach makes a significant difference.
As we enter this pivotal year of our work-and
particularly for the i3 study-we are inspired by what we have
learned and, maybe more importantly, compelled by the promise
that our success represents to the country. We are building on
all the lessons learned to provide you the tools and supports
that we think will take our collective work to the next level.
With the help and tireless efforts of Doug Elmer and the Diplomas
Now Implementation Support Team, we will soon focus on
coordinating all of our efforts around a monthly dashboard so
that we are responding to and building upon the information that
it provides in a timely and nimble way. We will continue to help
you integrate operations for the benefit of our schools so that
we can even more effectively engage our districts and the broader
community to sustain and expand our efforts.
This work is exceedingly complex and challenging,
but you have demonstrated that it can be done. You have shown
that when students and staff have the right structures and
supports, they can achieve at remarkable levels.
You have truly done us all proud. Let's make this
our best year yet.