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‘My academic coach would be the first person I would call’

  • matthew laplante
  • June 25, 2019

Benjamin knew more doors would open to him with a high school diploma. But with a requirement to spend six hours per day at a place he didn’t want to be, he knew the traditional high school setting wasn’t for him. “It was a struggle,” he said. “I looked at getting a general education degree,

A fully staffed summer school program — without the cost

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  • May 21, 2019

Some are motivated students who have fallen behind in a single course due to illness, injury or another temporary situation. Others need multiple courses to get back on track. Still others need intensive intervention. At Graduation Alliance, we know that there is no one-size-fits-all summer school. That’s why we work with school districts across the

Don’t let students start summer on a low note!

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Kelly had fallen behind. Not just in one class, but in three. The embarrassment of what had happened was bad enough. But now she was dealing with the anxiety of being “behind.” Do you know a student like Kelly? Whether your students need to make up a single class or they need to make up

Let us do Summer School for you

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Li wasn’t a bad student. She just had a hard time with algebra. As a result, she found herself at the end of her freshman year without the original credit she needed to stay on track for graduation. One problem: There weren’t enough students who needed algebra to warrant a summer school class. That’s where

You can make summer count for students who are behind

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  • May 17, 2019

Research shows that summer school programs that provide individualized instruction are more effective than those that do not. Many school districts, however, lack the resources to provide content, instructional technology, and pace of learning that are based upon the abilities and interest of each learner. Online learning programs that offer one-size-fits-all courses won’t help —

‘You’ve got to set the example’

  • matthew laplante
  • April 3, 2019

Megan saw first-hand what can happen to a family that doesn’t value education. “I came from a broken-down home,” she said. “I always wanted to finish high school but had obstacles in life. My mom and step-dad were on drugs. I really didn’t have money, but I left home and ventured into the world at

There are lots of jobs out there. But are we helping students align their interests to their opportunities?

  • Danielle Stangler
  • March 7, 2019

Hundreds of job seekers participated in a construction trades job fair in West Virginia recently. Over in Michigan, more than 4,000 people swarmed a similar event. And in Ohio, one employer lamented than despite heavy interest from interested applicants “we’re dying for workers.” There’s a construction boom happening. Employers across the country are trying to

Give your hardest-to-serve students the wrap-around services they need

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  • March 5, 2019

A nexus of social-emotional challenges had already caused Li to drop out of school. To get him back on track for graduation, he was going to need more help — and a more individualized degree of help — than his school could offer. But Li knew — and his supporters knew – that he could

Being chronically absent doesn’t have to mean falling behind in school

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Have you experienced something similar at your school? Every teacher agreed that Joaquin was one of the brightest students in school. They also knew, however, that he wasn’t likely to graduate if he couldn’t get to school more often. Most of Joaquin’s teachers understood why he was missing class so much: With his mother working

Sick children shouldn’t have to suffer twice-over

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Know a student in your school like this? Kat certainly didn’t want to be missing school. But after frequent visits to the doctor and lots of medical tests — almost all of which caused her to miss classes or entire days of school — she had been diagnosed with a health condition that required even