America's Promise Alliance celebrates 100th GradNation Summit in Massachusetts

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America’s Promise Alliance, a national partner of American Graduate, will mark its 100th – and final – GradNation Summit on March 17 in Worcester, Mass.

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Suspensions Don’t Work, So What Does?

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For years now, we’ve known that suspensions hurt students more than they help. Instead of changing students’ behavior, suspensions only put them at higher risk of dropping out. Educators can "take a clue from Aretha Franklin and instead of suspending students, try empathizing with and respecting them."

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Adulting School Teaches Young Adults Grown-Up Skills

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Transitioning to adulthood isn't new, but there is a more modern way to describe it: adulting.

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To Fight Student Homelessness, This School District Helps the Whole Family

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If a homeless student is worrying about where he is spending the night, it’s likely he’s not going to be thinking much about his homework. And in one of the poorest districts in Kansas, educators have realized that to help homeless students they needed to do more to help homeless families. Special correspondent Lisa Stark of Education Week traveled to Kansas City to explore their unique program.

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Column: How I Learned My Own Value as a Black Male Teacher

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When I started my teaching career in 2012, I was elated to find out that my yearlong internship would be spent under the mentorship of a black male educator. Little did I know that my mentor would push me relentlessly, to the brink of wanting to give up. To this day I believe that it was his high expectations and belief in my potential that made me the educator I am today.

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Not All Fun And Games: New Guidelines Urge Schools To Rethink Recess

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What's the best time for students to have recess? Before lunch, or after? What happens if it rains? If students are misbehaving, is it a good idea to punish them by making them sit out recess?

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Struggling Schools Benefit from Adding Arts to Learning

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At ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy, students put their multiplication tables to song, while eighth graders use the musical “Hamilton” to study debate, and have lessons from Graham Nash. The public charter school’s curriculum is a product of a federal effort to use arts education to boost achievement in the nation’s lowest performing schools.

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In Real Life Blog Series: Creating Safe Spaces Through Mentoring

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Five years ago Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware became one of the first mentoring programs in the country to create programming for LGBTQ youth. Responding to documented risks facing this vulnerable group of young people, BBBS of Delaware recognized that mentors could offer responsive and individualized support that may not otherwise be available.

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This Inner City School is a Bridge to Empowerment for Children of Color

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In one of the poorest and most violent neighborhoods in Brooklyn, in one of the most segregated school systems in the country, principal Nadia Lopez is trying to help kids defy the odds. Lopez talks to special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault about how she’s adopted teaching methods and curricula with an understanding of where the students come from and what they need to succeed.

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Elaine and Christina

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It was an elementary school mentoring program in Rhode Island that first brought Elaine Belvin and Christina Markrush together. Elaine was a recently retired dental assistant and an empty nester who missed the bond she developed with her children early in their lives. Christina was a painfully shy and sad-faced first grader who suffered anxiety attacks.

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Deeper Learning Digest: Changing Beliefs to Change Practice

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Jeff Heyck-Williams, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., tells how his school shifted their “math culture” by changing teachers’ beliefs and feelings about math.

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In Wilkes-Barre, A Growing Movement to Combat Child Poverty, Promote Literacy

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Education is the single most influential factor in determining a child's success. This is a core belief of The United Way of Wyoming Valley, which convened the Destination Graduation: Wyoming Valley GradNation Community Summit in partnership with the Luzerne Intermediate Unit to explore innovative approaches to supporting young people in and out-of-school.

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Closing the College Gap: A Roadmap to Postsecondary Readiness and Attainment

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As the United States' advantage in educational attainment continues to decline, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University joined together to release Closing the College Gap: A Roadmap to Postsecondary Readiness and Attainment.

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Latest PISA Results in American Students Show Little Change in Reading and Science Performance

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The performance of U.S. fifteen-year-olds in mathematics “fell significantly,” while science and reading performance was little changed since 2012, according to the latest results from the Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA), which were released this morning by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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National Parks Turn into Classrooms to Turn a New Generation into Nature Lovers

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At the Muir Woods National Monument just north of San Francisco, students learning by seeing, touching and smelling. The education program is administered by the National Park Service in an attempt to expose the next generation to the nation’s parks. Special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza of Education Week reports.

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