How do you fix a failing school?

In some places, turning around a failing school means dismissing the principal and half the teaching staff. But in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, Broadmoor Middle School partnered with non-profit groups to provide onsite social workers and mentors, and track students before they drop out.

"We can really map where the schools and where the kids are," explained Diplomas Now founder Robert Balfanz of Johns Hopkins University. "It’s almost like insider trading for the social good."

Coolidge High School graduate Chuck Gaines grew up moving from homeless shelter to shelter. Now, he is the first in his family to attend college. He credits a village of supporters who helped him get to where he is today, including his high school football coach, Natalie Randolph.

“A lot of people at Coolidge just helped me through everything I needed,” he says. “It’s a big family…That’s where my family is.”

Who are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

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We tend to underestimate the value of social capital in trying to assess equal opportunity. A high schooler with two college-educated parents may have very similar aptitude to a fellow student with one parent who finished the sixth grade. When it comes time to prepare for college and apply for admission, the educated parents can provide significantly more help with the hidden, inner game of transcript building, standardized tests, application essays, and school selection…

There is mutually assured damage from continuing the way we’ve been going. The United States needs those young people educated. And those young people need us, concerned adults ready to step out of their daily routine and intrude in the steady production of dropouts who go on to less promising adult lives. We can do better.

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— Ray Suarez, Call is Out to Sabotage the Dropout Crisis

5 to 7.5 million students, especially from low-income areas, are missing more than one month of school a year.
(Get Schooled/The Johns Hopkins University)

#AmGrad2012

twelvefootmountaintroll:

you guys

i am graduating in the morning

Congrats, you! Take a pic for us, will you? We’re curating a Pinterest board for the high school graduating class of 2012. Would love to have you on it. (A couple of different ways to get it to us: tag it #AmGrad2012 on Instagram/twitter, email us, Tumblr it or send carrier pigeons). Have fun tomorrow :D

^KC

reportinglabs:

Check out our students from John F. Kennedy High School with their mentor Imani Cheers wearing their fresh PBS Student Reporting Labs t-shirts.
- John F. Kennedy High School, Silver Spring, Md.

So precious! 
-KC

reportinglabs:

Check out our students from John F. Kennedy High School with their mentor Imani Cheers wearing their fresh PBS Student Reporting Labs t-shirts.

- John F. Kennedy High School, Silver Spring, Md.

So precious! 

-KC

Can the lure of a driver’s license keep kids in school?
Over 20 states have followed West Virginia’s lead in adopting “attend and drive” laws that link driver’s licenses with class attendance, and sometimes academic performance. It’s a way to curb the high school dropout crisis by incentivizing students: if you want to stay on the road, you must stay in school. 
However, whether these policies are effective is anyone’s guess - even though it’s been two decades since West Virginia implemented the first attend and drive law. 
"It’s a relatively low-cost prescription for keeping kids in school or bringing them back," Matthew Lenard, who studied the issue, said. "Now the question is does the data support it, and as far as we can tell, it doesn’t."
Watch the video:

(via newshouramgrad)

Can the lure of a driver’s license keep kids in school?

Over 20 states have followed West Virginia’s lead in adopting “attend and drive” laws that link driver’s licenses with class attendance, and sometimes academic performance. It’s a way to curb the high school dropout crisis by incentivizing students: if you want to stay on the road, you must stay in school. 

However, whether these policies are effective is anyone’s guess - even though it’s been two decades since West Virginia implemented the first attend and drive law. 

"It’s a relatively low-cost prescription for keeping kids in school or bringing them back," Matthew Lenard, who studied the issue, said. "Now the question is does the data support it, and as far as we can tell, it doesn’t."

Watch the video:

(via newshouramgrad)

Richard Ross has documented over 300 juvenile detention facilities in 30 states across the U.S.
Join Ross and Victor Rios, a former gang-member and dropout turned professor, in a live chat to talk about the high school dropout crisis from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET here.

Richard Ross has documented over 300 juvenile detention facilities in 30 states across the U.S.

Join Ross and Victor Rios, a former gang-member and dropout turned professor, in a live chat to talk about the high school dropout crisis from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET here.

 A high school diploma doesn’t mean what it used to Innovation Trail reports.

 A high school diploma doesn’t mean what it used to Innovation Trail reports.

Wednesday on the NewsHour: Wynton Marsalis

On Wednesday’s NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown sits down with jazz great Wynton Marsalis. The musician, educator and author was leading the 16th annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival in New York.

Part-competition, part-celebration, part-workshop, 110 high school bands from around the country entered this year’s competition, submitting recorded performances for the judges. Just 15 were chosen.

Tune in Wednesday to watch. Meantime, you can watch this extended interview with Marsalis: