Things Considered" featured Diplomas Now
at Miami Carol City Senior High. The national news story
discusses how the Diplomas Now team and teachers use data on
attendance, behavior and course performance to get students back
on track to graduation. One sophomore, Mack Godbee, said he
"would have ended up dead" without Diplomas Now. He had
been involved in a gang, skipped classes and didn't study.
Instead, thanks to Diplomas Now mentors, his life is very
different, and Godbee says: "I want to be a different
person. I want to be that kid that makes straight A's and B's on
his report card. Be in school every day on time. Be on that honor
roll list. Go on field trips."
Listen to the story here.
Diplomas Now is a proven approach that helps the
toughest middle and high schools in America's largest cities
ensure that students graduate ready for college or career. It is
the first fully integrated approach that improves a school's
curriculum and instruction while it provides the right students
with the right support at the right time.
Diplomas Now partners with 40 schools in 14 cities,
including New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington,
D.C. and Philadelphia. In 2010, Diplomas Now won a prestigious
federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, enabling it to expand
and to participate in a rigorous, independent evaluation. Our
founding investor is the PepsiCo Foundation.