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December 2015

NEWS AT DIPLOMAS NOW

Happy Holidays From Diplomas Now!

 

As you celebrate the holiday season with your families, we would like to thank everyone in the Diplomas Now family for your hard work, focus and dedication this school year. 


You are making a big difference in the lives of thousands of young people. You are helping them believe in themselves and stay on track to graduation. We had a terrific start to the school year and strong results for the fall semester. 


We hope all of you have restful, happy holidays with your families. And let's keep up the great work in 2016!

Sincerely,

 

Bob Balfanz 
Everyone Graduates Center

Kellie Hinkle Diplomas Now

Dan Cardinali
Communities In Schools

Charles Hiteshew Talent Development Secondary

Jim Balfanz 
City Year



 

 

A Leadership Transition At Diplomas Now

 


With Diplomas Now Director Doug Elmer stepping down, City Year Senior Director Kellie Hinkle will serve as interim national Diplomas Now director. For the past four years, Hinkle has been a critical member of both the Diplomas Now national executive and implementation teams. She has worked closely with Elmer in all aspects of Diplomas Now while also helping to lead City Year's national district engagement team. As interim director, Hinkle will continue to serve as an important bridge between Diplomas Now strategy and implementation and will collaborate closely with local and national Diplomas Now partner staff to ensure there is support for the effective implementation of the model and strategic engagement of district, school and funding partners. Hinkle started her career with City Year as a team leader in Philadelphia in 2004. Elmer has led Diplomas Now since 2011 with tireless enthusiasm and humility, helping to shepherd both a national footprint and the largest randomized control trial of secondary school reform. Elmer has accepted a position in his hometown of Kansas City as the vice president of Prep-KC, which works to improve education for local urban students by providing resources to prepare all students for college and careers. We wish him all the best in the future!


 

 

A Diplomas Now Success Story

 

Diplomas Now shares a success story of its positive impact on students, teachers and schools. This latest story profiles a Clinton Middle School student who may not have been on track to high school without Diplomas Now. 

 



Diplomas Now Helps a Family in Turmoil, a Girl Falling Behind and a School Once in Disarray


When Jocelyne Blas Cardona was a sixth-grader, high school seemed out of reach. She had Ds in math and English, acted out in class and often fought with other students. Her home life was in turmoil. Her teenage brother recently fathered a child, and her own dad was often absent. She was well on her way to suspension and failure when Diplomas Now helped her get back on track at Clinton Middle School in Los Angeles. Today, as an eighth-grader, Jocelyne, 13, has As and Bs in all of her classes, participates in a leadership class and is confident that she will succeed in high school next year. Read more

 

 

Congrats to Our Latest Attendance Winners!

 

A big congratulations to the October and November 2015 Diplomas Now Attendance Challenge winners! Keep up the great work!

 

For November, the high schools with the highest attendance rates are:

 

1. Luther Burbank High School in San Antonio: 90 percent (Won three months this fall!)

2. Newtown High School in New York: 89 percent

3. South High School in Columbus: 88 percent

 

For November, the middle schools with the highest attendance rates are:

 

1. Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle: 96 percent

2. Clinton Middle School in Tulsa: 93 percent

3. Wilson Middle School in Philadelphia: 92 percent

 

Our most improved schools from November 2014 to November 2015 are:

 

1. South High School in Columbus: 42 point gain

2. Clinton Middle School in Tulsa: 24 point gain

 

We would also like to recognize the following schools for their double-digit improvements in attendance from November 2014 to November 2015:

 

1. Mifflin High School in Columbus: 23 point gain

2. Linden McKinley STEM High School in Columbus: 27 point gain

3. Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School in Detroit: 41 point gain

4. Noble Elementary School in Detroit: 18 point gain

5. Booker T. Washington High School in Miami: 24 point gain

6. Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School in Miami: 17 point gain

7. Miami Carol City Senior High School in Miami: 14 point gain

8. Homestead Senior High School in Miami: 15 point gain

9. Aki Kurose Middle School in Seattle: 24 point gain

 

For October, the high school and middle schools with the highest attendance rates are:

 

1. Luther Burbank High School in San Antonio: 88 percent

2. Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School in Miami and Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Philadelphia: 92 percent

 

Our most improved schools from October 2014 to October 2015 are:

 

1. Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School in Detroit: 32 point gain

2. Clinton Middle School in Tulsa: 19 point gain

 

 

 

Diplomas Now In the News!

 

 


The Boston Globe profiles the rise in test scores at the Diplomas Now school English High School in this story.

 

 

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