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Laying the Groundwork for Success

May 7, 2013 All Articles, Nonprofits and Communities Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Q&A with Michael McAfee of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink For decades, communities across the nation have struggled with determining how to tackle the complex social issues their citizens face. For nearly 40 years, the high school graduation rate in the United States has remained stagnant and issues like poverty and hunger continue to […]

Going Beyond Test Scores

February 26, 2013 All Articles, Nonprofits and Communities Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

The Developmental Assets Profile (DAP) in nFocus‘ SurveyTrax has what it takes to help you better understand the underlying issues surrounding youth development today. In my previous entries, including my interview with Hedy Chang of Attendance Works, I discussed how students who are not proficient in reading by third grade are four times more likely […]

Q&A With Hedy Chang of Attendance Works – Part 2

January 3, 2013 All Articles, Nonprofits and Communities Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

Q&A With Hedy Change of Attendance Works – Part 2 In our last entry, we talked to Hedy Chang, Director of Attendance Works, an initiative aimed at improving outcomes for students by focusing on chronic absence. Hedy discussed the issues that frame education today, barriers to higher attendance rates and ways that schools can identify and address […]

Q&A With Hedy Chang of Attendance Works – Part 1

January 2, 2013 All Articles, Nonprofits and Communities Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

Hedy Chang is the Director of Attendance Works, a national and state level initiative aimed at advancing student success by addressing chronic absence. A skilled presenter, facilitator, researcher and writer, she co-authored the seminal report, Present, Engaged and Accounted for: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades, as well as numerous other articles about student attendance. Last month, I blogged about […]