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School counselors are heroes; here’s why…

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  • October 16, 2018

Graduation Alliance wants to say “thanks”! From border to border and coast to coast, Graduation Alliance has worked in partnership with hundreds of school districts to help students develop social-emotional learning skills, re-engage after dropping out, make college and career plans, and obtain workforce certifications. And if there’s one thing we’ve noticed in nearly every

The American Academy: Our Beginnings

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  • September 21, 2018

Graduation Alliance started and thrives with the passion for having students reach their full potential. It all started with a simple premise: Give individuals who could not or would not return to high school the opportunity to take classes online, supported by expert teachers, professional tutors and academic coaches. The American Academy, one of the

Get Your Students Prepared For Life After Graduation

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  • August 29, 2018

Earn industry credentials that can help lead to careers. We love it when our students complete the audacious journey from high school dropout to college graduate, as so many have. However, for other students in our dropout recovery programs they just aren’t in a position to attend a four-year university. For these young men and

Helping Educators Identify At-Risk Students

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  • August 28, 2018

These tests and tools for predicting at-risk students may put us out of the dropout recovery business. Thank goodness. For nearly a decade, Graduation Alliance has worked with school districts across the nation to re-engage dropped out students and support those who are still enrolled but acutely at risk of leaving school. Last year, we

You Can Never “Time-Out” of Education

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When the state funded timeline ran out, Graduation Alliance didn’t want students left behind. Shauna had been out of school for more than a decade when she learned about a program to help adult learners graduate from high school. The free program offers Ohioans who are 22 years of age or older the opportunity to

Counselors Are Being Overwhelmed Nationwide

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  • August 1, 2018

For counselors stretched thin with impossible-to-manage caseloads, every second counts. The American School Counselor Association recommends caseloads of less than 250 students for every counselor. In just three states is that happening. But we know counselors in New Hampshire, Vermont and Wyoming — and given everything counselors are supposed to do to support their students,

Twenty Minutes….

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  • April 19, 2018

Twenty minutes. That’s how long it took to determine that an incoming freshman named Ben was experiencing multiple “leading indicators” that suggested he would need additional support to graduate. Twenty more minutes. That’s how long it took to get him started on our ScholarCentric curriculum, which helps address these issues. Seriously. That’s all it took

How is ScholarCentric different from what you may be doing in your school today?

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As we travel across the nation, working with school leaders to give students more pathways to graduation, career training and college, one thing has become very clear: There aren’t many districts left that don’t already have multiple initiatives for helping students succeed. We’ve yet to meet a single administrator, though, who thinks they’ve got the

What’s the right way to find lost dropouts? Knowing there’s no one right way.

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  • June 26, 2017

We have yet to meet a school leader who wouldn’t like his or her district to be better connected to former students. We have also never met someone who tried to do so without experiencing quite a bit of frustration. Even in today’s vastly interconnected world, it’s remarkably easy to lose contact with people. Folks

Why the words ‘jobs that actually exist’ are so important

  • Joanna
  • June 21, 2017

“Jobs that actually exist.” There’s something profoundly important about those four words, which serve as the operative phrase in the mission statement of a foundation that actor and activist Mike Rowe established to help young Americans fill the “skills gap.” Vitally, Rowe has never said that a four-year degree is a bad path. He’s simply