• Mrs. Powell talks to Tavis Smiley about Don't Call Them Dropouts.

  • As the Civil Rights Act turns 50, the call of that generation still beckons

  • Young people who left high school without graduating are speaking up. Will you listen? 


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  • GradNation.org is designed to be a one-stop shop to help you and your community increase the high school graduation rate. With so many solutions, we’ve broken the site into different channels, so you can easily locate resources, information and conversations. Channel Surfing, is an easy way to get a glimpse of what each channel offers.
  • Although World Cup fever might be winding down, America’s Promise Alliance partner America SCORES is just starting to build excitement for their upcoming season. America SCORES works with urban schools in 14 cities nationwide to provide over 8,000 students with the opportunity to engage in afterschool soccer and poetry.
  • Educators, philanthropists, nonprofits and business all agree: core academic subjects are not enough to increase high school graduation rates, and see young people succeed in life. What researchers call “non-cognitive” competencies are proving to determine long-term success; these skills include, but are not limited to, perseverance, problem solving and punctuality.


  • Don't Call Them Dropouts Documentary

    "Don't Call Them Dropouts", the largest nationwide study of its kind to date, found students who leave high school without graduating do so not out of boredom or lack of motivation, but because they are overwhelmed by the effects of toxic living conditions on their daily lives, including homelessness, violent surroundings, abuse or neglect, catastrophic family health events, and the absence of caring adults who can help them stay in school.


  • “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”

    – Nelson Mandela
  • “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

    – Socrates
  • "Education is about equity, excellence and providing an opportunity for the future."

    – Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education
  • "Nothing is unattainable when America comes together around a common cause."

    – Alma Powell