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Juneteenth Resources for Students of All Ages

  • Sarah Smith
  • June 7, 2022

What is Juneteenth, and how can educators recognize the first newly declared federal holiday since Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was passed into law in 1983? Most school children learn that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863, ending slavery. However, what is less commonly known is that even though the proclamation

Quality matters in online course development

  • Sarah Smith
  • April 27, 2022

By Dr. Jeffrey Kissinger, Chief Academic Officer Everyone knows when the worldwide pandemic closed schools, students and teachers were thrust into a virtual school environment. But what is less commonly known is online education existed for a long time before the pandemic, and there are a variety of rigorous standards used to evaluate quality in

The Value of Support in Alternative Education

  • Sarah Smith

At Graduation Alliance, helping high school dropouts and at-risk students get back on track to graduation is at the heart of what we do. We provide the pathway to an accredited high school diploma — a 100% online curriculum. But an effective dropout recovery program must do more than provide the pathway. We also provide

Student Spotlight: Elizabeth

  • Sarah Smith
  • March 23, 2022

At age 20, Elizabeth withdrew from her online high school program. She’d gotten married, had other priorities, and didn’t really feel like her education was going anywhere. She worked a variety of “dead-end” jobs over the next 14 years, but her experience as a security guard for a hospital psychiatric ward inspired her to finish

4 Tips for Building a Community Resource Library for Your District

  • Sarah Smith

When Graduation Alliance launched its ENGAGE Attendance Recovery Program in 2020, we created a resource library for our Academic Success Coaches to use with their students. This general list of resources has been a great tool for our team because it provides quick access to resources and community organizations that can help students with academic

3 Benefits of Outsourcing Summer School

  • Sarah Smith

Do you have a plan for your district’s 2022 summer school offerings for grades 9-12? Every school district has unique student needs to address, and Graduation Alliance could be a good option for summer course completion for your high school students. Two years into the pandemic, we are still seeing its effects on students. Student

Missing in the Margins

  • Sarah Smith

Finding Students Who are Falling Through the Cracks There has been a significant focus over the past two years in the news about students who are “missing” due to the pandemic. However, the students aren’t actually missing — they’re just not showing up to class. In partnership with seven state departments of education and regional

Student Spotlight: Zoë Coleman

  • Sarah Smith
  • March 16, 2022

Oftentimes, there are circumstances outside of your control. Zoë moved in with her grandmother during her senior year of high school but was unable to finish high school in her grandmother’s school district. She was stuck. At 20 years old, Zoë was able to finish high school online and enroll in an associate degree program

Foster Resiliency in Your Students Through Mentoring

  • Sarah Smith
  • February 24, 2022

Strengthening resiliency skills is one of the best things school administrators can do for their students. Over the past two decades, researchers who study K-12 students have linked both academic performance and engagement to student resiliency (Solberg, Davis, & McLemore, 2010). Kelly Hupfeld, in her whitepaper, “Resiliency Skills and Dropout Prevention,” writes, “Finally, students who