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Diplomas are a great goal — but an incomplete story. Here’s why.

  • Joanna
  • February 14, 2017

Stacey Scott’s accomplishment should not be dismissed in any way. The 30-year-old mother of four from Alabama overcame tremendous adversity on the way to earning her GED this week. But as heart-warming as it was to read about Scott’s journey from frequent joblessness to the graduation stage, it’s important to remember that a diploma of

Supporting Multiple Pathways to Success

  • Rob Noroian
  • February 13, 2017

One of the best books I’ve read in the past two years is Robert Putnam’s Our Kids. Putnam deals head-on with the emerging “opportunity gap” in America.  He offers a personal and authoritative look at this new American crisis, beginning with the example of his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. The vast

President Trump proclaimed a school choice week — that’s a start, but just barely

  • Joanna
  • February 6, 2017

What presidents do in their first few weeks in office can be telling, as it often signals the issues that have their attention and will be priorities for their administrations. So it’s notable that President Donald Trump, in one of his first acts as the nation’s chief executive, proclaimed a “National School Choice Week” and

Flexibility, Accountability and Support for Dropout Recovery

  • Danielle Stangler
  • January 30, 2017

Flexibility Serving the highly vulnerable and highly variable population of students who may drop out requires the ability to address challenges quickly, effectively, and in ways that are inherently motivational.  Graduation Alliance’s flexible approach includes: Recruitment through Multiple Channels: Programs must use multiple strategies for identifying and recruiting this highly-variable and often-mobile population of students.

Flexibility, Accountability and Support for Dropout Recovery

  • Rob Noroian

Graduation Alliance helps thousands of school leaders across the nation provide the flexibility, accountability and support students need to get to graduation and move on to college and careers.   Serving the highly vulnerable and highly variable population of students who may drop out requires the ability to address challenges quickly, effectively, and in ways

What a teen-aged Martin Luther King wrote about education is absolutely prophetic

  • Joanna
  • January 17, 2017

Here’s a part of Martin Luther King’s history about which many people are not aware: He enrolled in college at the age most students are sophomores in high school.   King was just 15 years old when he passed the entrance exam at Morehouse College in 1944. So while he was still but a teenager

Three things workforce development programs can do to help participants improve their health

  • Joanna
  • January 9, 2017

Amongst the mix of life skills classes that a new program is offering to out-of-school youth in Union County, New Jersey, is a subject that is rather unusual in workforce training programs: Healthy living. The other subjects being offered by the Union County board of Chosen Freeholders’ Second Chance program are oldies and goodies: Leadership,

Here’s why the nation needs basic workforce training in high school and adult diploma programs

  • Joanna
  • December 26, 2016

Here’s the challenge Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam heard from constituents during a recent roundtable with local business owners: Employers are ready and willing to hire more workers into middle- and high-skill technical jobs, but there aren’t enough workers who have the right amount of post-high-school training to even begin the job-specific training. “We have