dropout recovery

Alma Powell reminds us not to forget the students who aren't graduating

As students are getting ready to go back to school, it’s important not to forget the thousands of teens who won’t be joining their peers.

In a heartfelt and informative op-ed on CNN, Alma J. Powell, chairwoman of the board of directors for America’s Promise Alliance, emphasized the importance of not forgetting students who have left school.

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Program has teens reach out to dropouts in New Mexico

A New Mexico program is using peer networking to reach out to dropouts.

The Engage Santa Fe program, hosted by Santa Fe Public Schools, asks teens such as Santa Fe High School recent graduate Udell Calzadillas, 18, and Valeria Alvarado, a 19-year-old University of Mexico student, to talk with dropouts ages 16-21 about coming back to school, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

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SIATech and other school leaders sponsor Dropout Recovery Week legislation in California

A group of school leaders is sponsoring a Dropout Recovery Week Resolution in the California Legislature to help bring awareness to the issues surrounding the dropout epidemic.

The legislation, sponsored by the School for Integrated Academics and Technologies (SIATech) and several other school groups and districts, comes after the 2014 Building a Grad Nation report emphasized that the nation will not reach its graduation goals without increasing graduation rates for Latino and African-American students in California.

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Graduation Alliance CEO: Acquiring ConnectEDU will help us reach even more students

Students who have not yet reached their goal of getting to graduation and reaching onward to college and career training have just gotten a big hand up.

On Thursday, Graduation Alliance acquired ConnectEDU, a Boston-based company that specializes in providing technology solutions that help students who are not on a college or career preparatory track. ConnectEDU has a rich history of providing online college and career planning technologies to help students discover opportunities aligned to their personal and professional goals, and of supporting individualized pathways for keeping each student on track toward the achievement of those goals.

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Report highlights ways to help young black men succeed academically

A new report highlights how schools can best use their out-of-school time to serve black male students.

The report, called “Building Bridges: Connecting Out-of-School Time to Classroom Success Among School-Age Black Males in the District Of Columbia” was commissioned by the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp.

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California program Gateway to College helps students graduate

A young Californian woman has gone from being a dropout to earning a 4.0, thanks to a program called Gateway to College.

Jessica Zambrano, 17, was forced into a parenting role for her younger siblings while she was still in elementary school due to the hospitalization of her mother.

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A Pennsylvania native pursues her dream and earns her diploma at age 92

A 92-year-old woman has made her dream of being a high school graduate a reality.

Ruth Brown Ross walked the stage at Pennsylvania's Beth-Center High School after she completed her senior project, which detailed the hardships of growing up in the Great Depression, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Ross dropped out when she was 16 to marry her husband of 66 years. However, as she was being checked into a hospital after a fall, the nurses labeled her a dropout when taking her educational history.

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Demonstrators set up empty desks outside of L.A.'s school district headquarters

Demonstrators made a big statement in L.A. Tuesday as they set up 375 neatly aligned school desks on the street in front of the Los Angeles Unified School District's headquarters.

The empty chairs represented the number of students who dropped out of the district each week in the 2011-2012 school year. That amounted to 8,748 students that year, according to the L.A. Times.

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North Carolina program helps at-risk students earn a diploma

A new program at North Ridgeville High School in North Carolina is giving students the chance to graduate.

Ranger Academy offers help to students who simply don’t thrive in a traditional classroom setting, according to an article in The Morning Journal. Students can work outside the classroom at their own pace. Classes are held from 8:30 to 10:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and are required to complete an additional 20 hours outside the classroom. It also has a 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. program for credit recovery.

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New York state principal begins to see the complexity of the dropout epidemic

A principal in New York state is finding out that the decision to drop out is a long-term and complicated one.

Beacon High School Principal Joannes Sieverding began digging into the issue, and quickly realized that looking only at statistics and trends among students in his school just wasn't enough.

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