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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

Supporting students who struggle with test anxiety

  • Sarah Smith

Up to 40% of all students struggle with test anxiety, according to a 2010 study published in Educational Psychology. Test anxiety is anxiety surrounding tests or exams and can affect everyone from kindergarteners completing their first assessments to professionals taking licensing exams. What is test anxiety? The American Psychological Association categorizes test anxiety as a

Student Spotlight: Christina

  • Sarah Smith
  • February 17, 2022

Christina grew up in and out of the foster care system. When she turned 18 during her junior year of high school, she could no longer stay with her foster family and ended up being homeless. She no longer had a physical address and, therefore, could not attend school. “I’m sure there was some sort

How education breaks the cycle of poverty

  • Sarah Smith
  • February 4, 2022

“Nearly half of the world’s two billion children live in poverty, and one in five live in extreme poverty, which the United Nations defines as below $1.90 a day.” – BrainFacts.org It has long been common knowledge that education can help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. But some researchers propose that education is, in