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ERIC Number: ED505363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 100
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Grad Nation: A Guidebook to Help Communities Tackle the Dropout Crisis
Balfanz, Robert; Fox, Joanna Hornig; Bridgeland, John M.; McNaught, Mary
America's Promise Alliance (NJ1)
With more than one million students dropping out of high school each year, Grad Nation is specifically designed to offer solutions and tools for every size community and presents a compelling case for all sectors of society to get involved. The guidebook is part of the Alliance's Dropout Prevention Campaign. The guide brings together the nation's best evidence-based practices for keeping young people in school. It includes information on making the case to the community on the need to act to establishing early warning systems, implementing effective school transformation strategies, building proven "multiple pathways" to graduation, and wrapping the most appropriate services around students so they can surmount the challenges they face. Grad Nation gives communities a comprehensive set of tools necessary to: rally collective support to end the dropout crisis; understand and communicate the dimensions of the dropout challenge in a particular region or community; develop effective action strategies to improve graduation rates and prepare youth for advanced learning in and after high school through better programs and polices and build strong and lasting partnerships that involve all sectors of a community. Following an open letter and introduction, four sections include: (1) Rallying Your Community to End the Dropout Crisis; (2) Understanding Your Community's Dropout Crisis; (3) Solutions for Comprehensively Addressing the Dropout Crisis; and (4) Moving Forward to Create Lasting Change. Feedback and Sponsor information, and Listing of tools available as a downloadable pdf are included. (Sections are individually noted.) [Additional funding was provided by the Bank of America.]
America's Promise Alliance. 1110 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-657-0600; Fax: 202-657-0601; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: High Schools; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: State Farm Insurance Companies; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: America's Promise Alliance