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dropout prevention

Give Us 15 Minutes

  • Rob Noroian
  • July 17, 2018

When it comes to stopping dropouts everyone is doing something—and everyone can be doing more. “What specific programs do you have in place to prevent and recover dropouts?” Ten years ago, if you asked this question to school leaders, it wasn’t unusual to be met with silence. Many forward-thinking leaders were deeply invested and engaged

Look for the leading indicators.

  • Rob Noroian
  • May 1, 2018

Antonio was doing fine. That’s what it looked like from the perspective of his teachers’ gradebooks, at least. He was doing most of his work, most of the time. He was earning Bs and Cs in all of his classes, and hadn’t failed a single course since entering high school three years earlier. But something

One District, Nine Graduates

  • Rob Noroian

The Graduation Alliance program at one school district in Washington had nine students earned diplomas in 2017 from the program that gives at-risk students a second shot at success. With dozens of students working hard toward their own graduation goals — and one already holding a diploma — 2018 is already shaping up to be

Why headsets are the secret to getting students back to school

  • Rob Noroian

When we gathered our student reengagement counselors into a room together a few months ago and asked them to suggest ways that school districts could recruit more disengaged students back to school, they had some interesting suggestions. “Headsets,” said one counselor. “Because whoever does this is going to be on the phone a lot.” How

Here’s why multiple layers of support are vital for at-risk student success

  • Rob Noroian
  • April 27, 2018

Sarah was just a few months away from graduation. She was also in crisis. She had already dropped out once before, shortly before the birth of her son. We’d gotten her reengaged, but a terrifying incident with her boyfriend had left her homeless; living in an emergency domestic abuse shelter two counties away from her

Why 3 a.m. “dots” are so important to us.

  • Rob Noroian
  • April 24, 2018

Imagine a map of the United States, lit up with little dots everywhere a Graduation Alliance student is actively working on one of his or her online classes. If you looked at the map on most days, you’d notice that between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., a lot of students are engaged

‘It’s hard’ but working together, we can help students develop vital life skills

  • Rob Noroian
  • October 25, 2017

How do you teach vital life skills like developing purpose, making goals, staying motivated in the face of adversity, self-efficacy, and social connectedness? That’s a question we recently put to Dr. Scott Solberg, a professor of counseling psychology and applied human development at Boston University, and Graduation Alliance’s resident expert on social-emotional learning. In short,

Goal-setting is hard for many students, but it couldn’t be more important.

  • Rob Noroian
  • October 17, 2017

Jonathan didn’t know how to set goals. That might seem strange to some folks — goal-setting is just a matter of picking something you want and going after it, right? But educators understand that, for many young people, attaching an objective to the steps needed to achieve that objective is as foreign as another language. But

How to know a student will drop out — three years ahead

  • Rob Noroian
  • October 9, 2017

Jessica was a straight-A student. She always attended school. Her behavior was excellent. But we knew she was at risk of dropping out. We knew before her teachers knew. We knew before her parents knew. We even knew before Jessica knew. How? Because Jessica’s school district had collected some vital pieces of information from all

Two reliable tips for early identification of at-risk students

  • Rob Noroian
  • August 25, 2017

Wow. The response to our campaign to share some easy-to-monitor indicators for potentially at-risk students is going far better than we could have expected. Across the country, educators have been asking for our new tip sheet, and engaging with us about their ideas for how to better “see” potentially at-risk students before they’re even at-risk