Daily Attendance leads to graduation and offers a pathway to life success. The Stay In School Program, a partnership of United Way of Pioneer Valley and Springfield Public Schools, aims to increase daily student attendance in Springfield Public Schools.
For more info on our Stay in School Initiative, click here.
GradNation is a movement formed by America’s Promise Alliance – an organization devoted to creating the conditions for success for all young people. It is powered by the belief that all children are capable of learning and thriving, and that the community shares the responsibility in helping young people succeed.
The main goal of GradNation is to achieve a 90% high school graduation rate nationwide – for information on the implications of absences, see: Absences-Add-Up_September-3rd-2014 by the year 2020 (that’s this year’s incoming 7th grade class). America’s Promise selected one hundred cities across the nation to rally around this cause to address the issues that might hinder students from graduating and frame solutions to overcome these barriers.
Springfield was selected as one of these one hundred cities, and United Way was chosen as the convening organization to plan this event. For more on Springfield’s efforts, see Springfield’s 2013-2017 strategic plan: Strategic Plan 2013-2017.
GradNation Media Coverage:
- United Way, Stay in School to Host Community Summit on Nov. 6 (BusinessWest Daily News) http://businesswest.com/blog/united-way-stay-in-school-to-host-community-summit-on-nov-6/
- GradNation Summit (BusinessWest Agenda) – November 3 edition http://businesswest.com/blog/agenda-88/
- Improving graduation rates a job for Springfield community, says city native Michael Smith, now Obama assistant – November 6, 2014
- Michael Smith attends GradNation Summit – November 6, 2014 (photo galley) http://photos.masslive.com/4502/gallery/michael_smith_attends_gradnation_summitt/index.html#/0
- GradNation summit encourages Springfield youth to stay in school – November 6, 2014 http://www.cbs3springfield.com/story/27319131/gradnation-summit-encourages-springfield-youth-to-stay-in-school